A health-care worker who cared for the Ebola patient who died last week in Dallas has preliminary tested positive for the disease, Texas health officials said early Sunday, in what is likely to have been the first known transmission in the U.S.
The worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas reported a low-grade fever Friday night and was isolated, the health department said. A blood sample tested positive at the state public-health laboratory in Austin late Saturday, and a confirmatory test is being conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said that “unfortunately, we are confident” that the test will be confirmed positive by the CDC.
The health-care worker is believed to be a nurse, according to a person familiar with the investigation. The person was considered to be at low risk for contracting the disease, but was one of 18 hospital staff members who were told to check their temperatures twice daily. It was during one such check that the health-care worker discovered a fever, reported it to the hospital, and was isolated within 90 minutes of the fever check, officials said.
If confirmed, the case would become the first known transmission of Ebola in the U.S. and the second person to be diagnosed with the disease in the U.S. It underscores the risks to health-care workers who care for Ebola patients and the need for hospitals to be meticulous about infection-control procedures. A nurse’s aide in Spain was also infected after caring for a priest who died of the disease.
“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said in a statement. “We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.”
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