There could be more cases of Ebola emerging in the United States, officials have warned, after a nurse caring for a patient who died from the disease tested positive.
The nurse has been named as 26-year-old Nina Pham.
Teams decontaminated the woman’s apartment block in Dallas on Monday and gave out information pamphlets to neighbours.
The Dallas mayor has said Pham’s dog, a King Charles Spaniel, will be quarantined and not killed.
It’s the first known case of Ebola being contracted inside the United States.
Director of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, said: “We need to consider the possibility that there could be additional cases, particularly among the health care workers who cared for the index patient when he was so ill. That’s when this health care worker became infected and we’re concerned and would unfortunately not be surprised if we did see additional cases”.
Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US, died last Wednesday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Authorities have blamed a ‘breach of protocol’ for the disease being passed on, but nursing leaders have warned the health worker must not be made a scapegoat.
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