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US records another Ebola case

US records another Ebola case
October 12
13:32 2014

The United States has recorded its first case of Ebola transmission on its soil.

Preliminary tests at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital revealed that a healthcare worker who took care of Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed in the United States, has tested positive.

According to a release by Texas Department of State Health Services, a test carried out at the state public health laboratory in Austin came out positive.

“Confirmatory testing will be conducted by the centres for disease control and prevention in Atlanta,” the statement read.

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“The healthcare worker reported a low grade fever Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing. The preliminary test result was received late Saturday.”

Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said he knew there would be a second case and they had been preparing for the possibility.

“We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread,” he said.

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“Health officials have interviewed the patient and are identifying any contacts or potential exposures. People who had contact with the healthcare worker after symptoms emerged will be monitored based on the nature of their interactions and the potential they were exposed to the virus.”

The United States has dealt with four Ebola cases. American citizens Rick Sacra, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol survived, while Liberian Eric Duncan died.

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