Second Ebola case confirmed in Texas

A SECOND health worker at the Texas Hospital where a Liberian man died of Ebola, was tested positive to the deadly virus.

The Texas Department of State Health Services, the second worker came down with a fever on Tuesday and was isolated at the hospital right away.

“Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored,” the health department said in a statement on Wednesday.


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The Centers for Disease and Prevention said the positive test came from a preliminary analysis conducted overnight and the CDC is carrying out its own test to confirm the result.

“As we have said before, because of our ongoing investigation, it is not unexpected that there would be additional exposures,” it said in a statement.

There’s serious concerns now for 132 people who were on board a domestic flight with the worker the day before her diagnosis.

The US Centres for Disease Control said that the woman “exhibited no signs or symptoms of illness while on flight 1143, according to the crew”, but the agency wants to speak with passengers anyway to determine if anyone is at risk.

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