A health-care worker who cared for the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease in a preliminary test, the Texas health department said early Sunday.
The worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas reported a low-grade fever Friday night and was isolated, the Texas Department of State Health Services said. A result from the state public health laboratory in Austin was received late Saturday, and a confirmatory test will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The health department didn’t say when that test will be carried out.
The health department didn’t identify the health-care worker except to say that they worked at that hospital.
“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said in a statement. “We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.”