A sign points to the entrance to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas            

"A second health-care worker at a Texas hospital who provided treatment for the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. has tested positive for the virus, state officials said Wednesday.

The worker “reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated at the hospital,” the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement.

The person was among those who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who was diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Sept. 30, and died last Wednesday.

Another nurse who treated Mr. Duncan, Nina Pham, 26 years old, was also infected while caring for Mr. Duncan and is now being treated at the hospital, which said yesterday she was in good condition. Health officials and the hospital haven’t determined how she became infected, and have said she was wearing a mask, gown, shield and gloves when treating Mr. Duncan.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that it was actively monitoring 76 health-care workers who helped treat Mr. Duncan for potential Ebola exposure after Ms. Pham had contract the virus from Mr. Duncan, though CDC director Tom Frieden said there was no reason to think any of them were infected.

The 76 workers are in addition to 48 people who were already being monitored because they were in contact with Mr. Duncan, or with people who themselves had been in close contact with the Liberian man before he was admitted to the hospital Sept. 28.

Texas said Wednesday morning that health officials have interviewed the latest patient to develop Ebola, whose name wasn’t disclosed, to identify any additional “contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored.”.

While preliminary tests in Texas found that the second worker had Ebola, testing on a separate specimen from the patient will be conducted by the CDC in Atlanta to confirm the person has the virus, the state said."

Summing Up

It's sad to say, but I believe the Ebola situation will be brought under control quicker now as the tragic events of the Dallas hospital story unfold. Government can't ignore the potentially devastating effects of this deadly disease any longer.

Meanwhile, the U.S. economy, will grow stronger and remain relatively strong for years as the 'new normal' of low energy prices, low inflation, low interest rates, more jobs, lower budget deficits and lower cost imports take center stage.

The stock market will remain volatile but over time share prices will grow to record levels as our economic situation continues to improve, which it will.

That's my take.

Thanks. Bob.