The United States reported that the nurse Amber Vinson, 29, tested positive with the Ebola virus, according to the State Department of Health and Social Services in Dallas (Texas), becoming the second official case in North America.
The infected treated the Liberian Eric Duncan Thomas, who died of Ebola on October 8 at the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, where he was admitted after traveling to the country from Liberia. Vinson “lived alone and had no pets,” said the Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
According to government sources in Texas, the nurse came on Tuesday with fever at the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and she is currently isolated. “The patient receives all the care she needs,” Rawlings said in a press conference.
The hospital will now start to monitor all people the new infected has had contact with in the last hours, according to the State Department.
The head of Dallas County, Clay Jenkins, has also recognized that there is a high probability that new infections occur. “We are preparing contingency plans for more people and that’s a very real possibility,” he noted.