Can U.S. hospitals handle Ebola?
A second health care worker who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the man that died from the disease, has contracted the virus. The worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said. The virus is not contagious before there are symptoms.
The woman lives alone and was quickly moved into isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The worker's apartment and car will be cleaned Wednesday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said.
"I don't think we have a systematic institutional problem," Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources, told reporters Wednesday, facing questions about the hospital's actions.
Medical staff "may have done some things differently with the benefit of what we know today," he said, adding, "no one wants to get this right more than our hospital."
People in the health care worker's office building were informed by officials going door-to-door and also through early morning reverse 911 calls.
Seventy-five health care workers in Dallas are being monitored for symptoms.