Sunday, October 12, 2014

Breaking News ... Another Ebola Case in Texas

Texas Health Worker Tests Positive for Ebola has the breaking news this Sunday morning:

"DALLAS — A health care worker here who helped treat the Liberian man who died of Ebola last week has tested positive for the disease in a preliminary test, state health officials said Sunday.

“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” said Dr. David Lakey, the Texas health commissioner. “We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.”

The worker, who was not identified, was an employee of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The person reported a low grade fever Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing. Officials interviewed the worker and were identifying “any contacts or potential exposures,” the statement read.

The preliminary test was done at the state public-health lab in Austin and the positive result was received late Saturday, officials said. Other tests will be done by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Mr. Duncan left Liberia on Sept. 19 on a flight to United States. He landed in Dallas on Sept. 20 and first went to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital feeling ill on Sept. 25. He was released by the hospital, which had failed to view him as a potential Ebola case for reasons that remain unclear, and returned Sept. 28 after his condition worsened."

Summing Up

I'm not at all convinced that screening at five major U.S. airports of passengers originating from potentially dangerous locations such as Liberia will keep large numbers of Americans feeling safe and secure -- or confident in the judgment of our nation's "leaders."

The better course of action would be to stop entry until the crisis has passed.

But that's just my common sense at work, and common sense certainly doesn't seem to apply in Washington these days.

Not yet at least.

That's my take.

Thanks. Bob.

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