A nurse who cared for the Ebola patient who died here last week tested positive for the disease, heightening concerns about the nation’s preparedness and protocols for containing its spread.
The nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas was isolated Friday night after reporting a low-grade fever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Tests Saturday night and Sunday confirmed she had Ebola.
The woman initially was considered to be at low risk. She was wearing protective gear while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian patient who died Wednesday after 10 days in the hospital.
CDC Director Tom Frieden called the infection a result of a “breach in protocol” at the hospital and said more cases may emerge. “Unfortunately, it is possible in the coming days that we will see additional cases of Ebola,” Dr. Frieden said in a news conference. “This is because the health-care workers who cared for this individual may have had a breach of the same nature.”
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