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New Ebola shocker: Dallas nurse stricken received "low risk" assurances — what went wrong?

New Ebola shocker: Dallas nurse stricken received low risk assurances

A nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has tested positive for the Ebola virus. The nurse, a female who has asked to not be identified, had cared for Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the virus on Oct. 8.

The nurse developed a fever on Oct. 10, and was diagnosed on Oct. 11. She contracted the disease despite the fact that she wore gloves, face shield and a protective gown. She was one in a group of 48 health care workers who were considered at low risk of developing the disease when she began to run a low-grade fever on Friday.

  The nurse was one in a group of 48 health care workers who were considered at low risk of developing the disease. 

According to DFW CBS, the patient's car has already been decontaminated, as well her residence in the 5700 block of Marquita Avenue in Dallas. She had a pet whose status is being monitored.

At a news conference on Sunday, Dr. Daniel Varga of the Texas Health Resources said that the family of the worker has "requested total privacy." Another person also remains in isolation.

Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the CDC will investigate how the workers removed their hazmat gear since removing it incorrectly can lead to a contamination.

Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner Dr. David Lakey issued a statement saying that they'd been prepared for the possibility of a second case, and would be "working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread."

Perhaps he heads to the target-shooting range after checking out the latest exhibit at the Blanton Museum of Art?
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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Photo courtesy of Texas Health Presbyterian