Dallas Nurse Tests Positive for Ebola Wore Full Protective Equipment
A female nurse who cared for Thomas Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for Ebola. This is not someone who had contact with Duncan on his initial visit to the hospital. She is someone who knew her patient had Ebola and took the necessary precautions when caring for him. There are many ways this breach could have occurred, bur according to the CDC Director a single inadvertent slip can end with contamination.
The high risk treatments include kidney dialysis and respiratory incubation. They were both performed on Duncan in a desperate attempt to save his life.
CDC Director: It is possible other people were exposed to patient in the healthcare workers who cared for Duncan.
Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner of the Texas Department of Health said this nurse came in with early symptoms. There are 48 initial contacts that are currently being monitored have not shown any signs yet.
Texas health worker who cared for Ebola patient tests positive; wore full protective gear
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By NOMAAN MERCHANT | Associated Press
The worker wore a gown, gloves, mask and shield while she cared for Duncan during his second visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, said Dr. Daniel Varga of Texas Health Resources, which runs the hospital. Frieden said the worker has not been able to identify a specific breach of protocol that might have led to her being infected.
Duncan, who arrived in the U.S. from Liberia to visit family on Sept. 20, first sought medical care for fever and abdominal pain on Sept. 25. He told a nurse he had traveled from Africa, but he was sent home. He returned Sept. 28 and was placed in isolation because of suspected Ebola. He died Wednesday.
More than 4,000 people have died in the ongoing Ebola epidemic centered in West Africa, according to World Health Organization figures published Friday. Almost all of those deaths have been in the three worst-affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Texas health officials have been closely monitoring nearly 50 people who had or may have had close contact with Duncan in the days after he started showing symptoms.
Varga says the health care worker reported a fever Friday night as part of a self-monitoring regimen required by the CDC. He said another person is in isolation, and the hospital has stopped accepting new emergency room patients.
“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. “We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.”
But Frieden on Sunday raised concerns about a possible breach of safety protocol and told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that among the things CDC will investigate is how the workers took off that gear, because removing it incorrectly can lead to contamination. Investigators will also look at dialysis and intubation, procedures with the potential for spreading infectious material.
Since it appears possible to transmit Ebola with a ‘breach of protocol’ by a trained healthcare worker wearing protective gear, does it really make sense to send 4,000 military personnel into an infected area and expect them to be safe with gloves and masks?
Advance Team Currently in Liberia: This advance team consists of a few hundred soldiers, sailors and airmen and women who have been in Liberia laying the groundwork for the up to 4,000 troops from the 101st Airborne that President Obama has authorized to replace them in the coming weeks. Their job has been to put together the groundwork for housing, medical and logistical components needed by the larger force.
MONROVIA, Liberia (CNN) The general and his soldiers have spent more than a decade at war in Iraq and Afghanistan but this could be one of their toughest battles yet. Their enemy this time is not soldiers or militants. It is Ebola — invisible and killing thousands in Liberia. Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, the commander of U.S. Army Africa who is leading the advance team into Liberia, says the mandate here — straight from President Barack Obama — is different from other missions.
Thousands of U.S. Troops to be Deployed to Liberia
WASHINGTON — Thousands of U.S. troops may be living in tent cities in Liberia and supporting the fight against Ebola for “about a year” or until the deadly outbreak appears to be under control, the top military commander in Africa said Tuesday.
“This is not a small effort and it’s not a short period of time,” Army Gen. David Rodriguez, the chief of U.S. Africa Command, told reporters at the Pentagon.
About 350 U.S. troops are now in West Africa and total deployments may reach 4,000 during the next several weeks. The size and scope of the mission has expanded from initial estimates in September, when officials said it would last about six months and require about 3,000 troops.
Pentagon officials emphasize that troops will not provide medical care or have direct contact with Ebola patients. The military mission is to support civilian health care efforts through construction of new facilities, providing logistics support and training locals in prevention methods.
Rodriguez said protocols for ensuring U.S. personnel do not contract the potentially deadly disease will include wearing gloves and masks but not complete full-body protective suits. They will wash their hands and feet multiple times a day.
And military health care team members will be taking their temperatures and asking them a series of questions every day to identify any troops who may show symptoms linked to Ebola, he said.
“We will do everything in our power to address and mitigate the potential risk to our service members. The health and safety of the team supporting this mission is our priority,” he said. “Let me assure you, by providing pre-deployment training, adhering to strict medical protocols while deployed, and carrying out carefully planned reintegration measures based on risk and exposure, I am confident that we can ensure our service members’ safety and the safety of their families and the American people.”