Texas health officials released a statement early Wednesday confirming that a second health care worker who cared for “patient zero,” Thomas Duncan, has tested positive for the Ebola virus.
The hospital employee was placed in isolation on Tuesday after reporting a fever.
The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed the initial test results and said that a separate, confirmatory test will be done at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Results are expected by midnight Wednesday.
On Sunday, National Nurses United, the largest nurses’ union in the country, voiced its anger at the lack of equipment and training for the nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. They are prepared to go head-to-head with the CDC to protect the frontline workers, according to executive director RoseAnn DeMoro.
Fox News reported:
A statement from National Nurses United also says Thomas Eric Duncan was left in an open area of an emergency room for hours.
A spokesman for the group says nurses were forced to use medical tape to secure openings in their flimsy garments. It’s said that the patient had explosive diarrhea and projectile vomiting.
In a conference call with reporters executive director RoseAnn DeMoro says the allegations are based on revelations from “a few” nurses and that the claims were vetted.
The nurses also said that Duncan’s lab samples were allowed to travel through the hospital’s pneumatic tubes, opening the possibility of contaminating the specimen delivery system. The nurses also alleged that hazardous waste was allowed to pile up to the ceiling.
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