Monday, October 13, 2014

Dallas Health Worker Who Tested Positive For Ebola Wore "Full" Protective Gear

This definitively gives the lie to the CDC claim that sitting beside an Ebola carrier on a plane or anywhere else is "safe;" "mainstream media" spin machine now in full gear calling infected health worker "heroic" and that "only low levels of the virus" are present in her blood as if the level makes one iota of difference:  The CDC, White House criminals, airlines and their mainstream media liars are fully responsible for the importation of Ebola into the United States and can try out their bogus bullshit on the howling mobs outside their Satanic labs, 1400 Pennsylvania Ave., corporate headquarters and broadcasting stations - if Frieden says there was an "unknown breach of protocol" then just HOW IN THE HELL do they know there was a "breach" at all???

By Abby Phillip, Lena H. Sun and Brady Dennis 

In the first apparent case of Ebola transmission in the United States, a Texas hospital worker who treated an Ebola-stricken Liberian man has tested positive for the deadly virus.

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The preliminary test result was announced early Sunday, four days after the death of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas.

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital worker reported “a low-grade fever” Friday, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement. This person “was isolated and referred for testing.” 

The preliminary test result was received late Saturday.

“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey said in a statement. “We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.”

Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that an unknown breach in protocol led to the health worker being infected and that federal officials are investigating. He said additional CDC staff are heading to Texas.

He also said more cases may be likely.

“We are deeply concerned by the news that a health-care worker in Texas has tested preliminarily positive for infection with Ebola virus,” he said during a news conference Sunday. He said testing at the CDC to confirm the diagnosis is expected be completed later in the day. The worker, whom other officials identified as a female nurse, provided care for Duncan on “multiple occasions” that included “extensive contacts with him,” Frieden said.


Frieden also said the CDC is considering having Ebola patients be treated at one of the four facilities in the United States that have special isolation units. Three of them — the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.; Emory University Hospital in Atlanta; and the University of Nebraska Medical Center — have treated confirmed or suspected Ebola cases. The fourth place is St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont.

He outlined several steps that were being taken to care for the health-care worker and prevent infection of others. Every effort is being made to care for the patient safely and effectively, he said.

IF there is anyone that has performed heroically in this CDC, White House organised importation of Ebola into the United States it is Dr. Gil Mobley, who has gone far above and beyond the call of duty to make Americans and the world aware of the situation and that the CDC, WHO and Obama are LYING about the spread of Ebola and the dire circumstances surrounding this man-made outbreak

Officials are also assessing all possible contacts the health-care worker may have had from the moment she developed symptoms on Friday. A CDC epidemiologist has interviewed her, and, so far, there is only one other person who may have had contact with the worker since the symptoms developed, and that individual is under active monitoring, he said.

State, local and federal officials are trying to identify the number of other health-care workers who may potentially have been at risk of exposure, he said. Earlier Sunday, a hospital official said the hospital is tracking the condition of 18 hospital employees. Frieden clarified that the 48 other people who have been monitored — and are so far not showing symptoms — were people who may have come into contact with Duncan before Sept. 28, when he was admitted to the hospital. Now that the health-care worker is being treated, officials are determining how many other health-care workers may have been exposed after Sept. 28.

It was unclear what role the worker had in caring for Duncan, who was the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola.

“That health-care worker is a heroic person who helped provide care to Mr. Duncan,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. “We expected that it was possible that a second person could contract the virus. Contingency plans were put into place, and the hospital will discuss the way that the health-care worker followed those contingency plans, which will make our jobs in monitoring and containment much easier in this case than in the last one.”

The worker is in isolation and in stable condition, the hospital system said.

Anthony Fauci, acting head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, described the health worker as a woman during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer for Texas Health Resources, which operates Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, said the worker had been under self-monitoring in recent days, which includes taking a temperature twice daily. When the health worker showed signs of a fever, the person notified the hospital, went directly there and immediately was admitted to an isolation room. Varga said the entire sequence of events took less than 90 minutes.

Despite transmission of the disease to the worker, Fauci said the system for preventing spread of the virus has long worked for organizations that frequently deal with Ebola patients, such as Doctors Without Borders.

“She was on voluntary self-monitoring,” Fauci said. “She found she got infected, and she immediately did what she was supposed to have done.”

“So even in this troublesome situation, the system is working,” Fauci added.

The CDC did not consider person to be “high risk,” Varga said. The person treated Duncan, the Ebola patient, after his second visit to the ER, on Sept. 28. The health worker was “following full CDC precautions,” including wearing a gown, gloves, a mask and a protective face shield.

“We’re very concerned,” Varga said, though he added that the hospital is “confident that the precautions that we have in place are protecting our health-care workers.”

The hospital has put its emergency room on “diversion,” which means that ambulances are not currently bringing patients to the ER, though patients already in the hospital are still being cared for.

Frieden said federal officials are working with the hospital to “ramp up training and education.” He noted that caring for Ebola patients requires “meticulous and scrupulous attention to infection control” and that an “inadvertent slip” can result in contamination and infection.

Going forward, the CDC is recommending that hospitals keep the number of staff caring for Ebola patients to a minimum and that medical procedures also be kept to a minimum. In addition, a full-time individual should supervise and monitor infection control while Ebola patients are being cared for and review the appropriate use of personal protective equipment. “Putting more on isn’t always safer,” he said.

For medical procedures, for example, if a patient is not having severe symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, it may be more prudent to draw the patient’s blood to check for electrolyte levels once a day instead of multiple times a day, to minimize risk.

Unlike the several other patients who have been treated for Ebola in U.S. hospitals, Duncan underwent more high-risk medical procedures, including kidney dialysis and intubation—a tube to help him breathe—as “desperate measures to try to save his life.”

“Both those procedures spread many contaminants and are high risk,” Frieden said.

Taking off personal protective equipment—gowns, gloves, face masks, goggles—is also one of the biggest areas of contamination and risk, he said. They all have to be removed without the material touching the wearer’s skin. “It’s not easy to do right,” he said. CDC and state officials will be investigating how hospital workers followed recommended protocols for doing so.

Dallas officials deployed hazmat teams to decontaminate the entrance and common areas of an apartment complex where the health worker lives and the vehicle that the person used to travel to the hospital. That person’s home has been secured, and law enforcement officials are ensuring that no one enters. The city also knocked on doors and issued reverse 911 calls to homes in the area and distributed information sheets to homes in the area on Sunday morning.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings also said that there is a pet in the worker’s apartment and that “we have a plan in place to take care of the pet,” which seems to have shown no signs of the disease. He said the hazmat team plans to enter the apartment later Sunday and decontaminate it.

“While this is obviously bad news, it is not news that should bring about panic,” Jenkins said.

Duncan traveled by plane from Liberia to Texas through Brussels and Dulles International Airport near Washington, though he wasn’t symptomatic at the time of his trip.

He became sick several days after arriving in Dallas and first sought treatment Sept. 25. But he was released by the hospital, despite saying that he had traveled from Liberia and that he had a fever and abdominal pain.

He was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sept. 28, and the CDC confirmed Sept. 30 that he was infected with Ebola. He died on Oct. 8.

Ebola is contagious only if someone has symptoms. It can spread through bodily fluids or infected animals but not through the air.

The virus has killed more than 4,000 people and infected more than twice as many this year, according to the World Health Organisation.

Months after the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history began ravaging West African countries, the virus has slowly begun to spread around the world.

On Monday, a Spanish sanitary technician who had treated an Ebola-stricken priest in Madrid tested positive for the virus, becoming the first case of Ebola transmission outside Africa.

The nursing assistant in Madrid said she may have contracted the virus while removing her protective suit. Health-care workers at her hospital are now refusing to work, out of concern that the safety conditions there are inadequate.

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