DALLAS — A health care worker at a Texas hospital who cared for an Ebola patient has tested positive for the virus in a preliminary test at the state public health laboratory, officials said Sunday.
A statement on the Texas Department of State Health Service’s website said “confirmatory testing will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.”
Officials said the health care worker reported a low grade fever Friday night and was isolated. Preliminary test results were received late Saturday.
“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. “We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.”
Health officials have interviewed the patient and are identifying any contacts or potential exposures. They said people who had contact with the health care worker after symptoms emerged will be monitored.
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died Wednesday in Dallas.