How Did the Healthcare Worker in Dallas Contract Ebola?

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A Texas healthcare worker has tested positive for Ebola, marking the first time someone may have contracted this strain of the illness in the United States.

The worker provided care to Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who fell ill after returning to the U.S. from West Africa and died last Wednesday. Her tests were preliminary, officials said, and confirmation is expected later on Sunday.

“At some point there was a breach in protocol, and that breach in protocol resulted in this infection,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, he said, the healthcare worker was not able to identify a particular moment when she may have contracted the disease. Proper protocol includes wearing a gown, gloves, mask and shield when providing care. Read more…

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