Second Dallas nurse infected with Ebola virus

By Balitang America, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 15, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The Ebola nightmare continues in Dallas.

There are now two Dallas nurses being treated for Ebola; both cared for patient Thomas Duncan, who has since died of the virus.

Twenty-nine-year-old nurse Amber Vinson now joins twenty-six-year-old Nina Pham in isolation at Texas Presbyterian Hospital after she tested positive for Ebola.

“Like Nina Pham, this is a heroic person,” said Judge Clay Jenkins of Dallas County, “A person that dedicated her life and has, is dedicating her life to helping others and is a leader.”

Vinson and Pham were among the nurses who took care of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan, who has since died.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will perform another test to confirm the diagnosis.

But another cause of concern for authorities is that Vinson traveled by air the day before her symptoms began.

The CDC confirms Vinson was on a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland to Dallas/Forth Worth on Oct. 13.

The CDC is asking all 132 passengers on Monday’s flight 1143 to call 1-800-CDC-INFO to be interviewed.

A hazmat team is in the process of decontaminating her apartment.

Health officials are keeping tabs on all of the hospital employees that had contact with Duncan and say more could be infected.

Balitang America has talked with a Filipino nurse at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital who does not want to go on record yet.

He says there is a big number of Filipinos there and they are very concerned over their safety.

Zenei Cortez, Vice-President of the National Nurses United says, “Hospitals in the US are not prepared for the Ebola crisis. Frontline healthcare providers, especially nurses, need proper training, equipment and supplies for us to safely take care of our patients.”

Meantime, the Dallas County Health and Human Services tells residents not to panic because they are doing whatever it takes to contain the virus, but they’re not discounting the possibility that more people may test positive of the virus.

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  • Mario
    15 October 2014 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    CDC head should resigned, Nurses Union said all existing hospital protocols are being followed and CDC have not submitted an updated protocol for Ebola patient. They are still investigating how the 2 nurses contacted Ebola and should stop blaming the nurses.Pinay hospital workers are among the 77 employees being monitored who cared Duncan the Ebola patient. CDC said Ebola is not airborne, but it can be possibly be transmitted from the aircondition duck inside the aircraft. GOP wanted travel banned on all West African countries, but the Democrat wanted an open airport/border for all foreigners.Election is 2 weeks away,vote somebody who could protect you from disease.

  • kikay Pang0
    16 October 2014 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    What can you say Solis ?