Or was there?
Conflicting reports this morning about protocol after the news that a health care worker has reportedly tested positive for Ebola.
During a press conference, the CDC again blathered about a “protocol breach.” Or something. Shaddup, guys.
Hmm. If a breach in its oh-so-wonderful protocol occurred, shouldn’t that have been mentioned in the press release?
Here’s the press release in full:
Texas Reports Positive Test for Ebola in a Health Care Worker
CDC doing confirmation testing today
A healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the index patient has tested positive for Ebola according to preliminary tests by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ laboratory. The patient was isolated after the initial report of a fever and remains so now. Confirmation testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s laboratory is being done today.
On Friday October 10, a healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the index patient reported a low grade fever and was referred for testing. The health care worker had been self-monitoring for fever and symptoms.
The hospital and patient were notified of the preliminary positive result. In addition, CDC has interviewed the patient to identify any contacts or potential exposures in the community.
This is understandably disturbing news for the patient, the patient’s family and colleagues and the greater Dallas community. The CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services remain confident that wider spread in the community can be prevented with proper public health measures including ongoing contact tracing, health monitoring among those known to have been in contact with the index patient and immediate isolations if symptoms develop.
Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or exposure to objects such as needles that have been contaminated. The illness has an average 8-10 day incubation period (although it could be from 2 to 21 days) so CDC recommends monitoring exposed people for symptoms a complete 21 days. People are not contagious during the incubation period, meaning before symptoms such as fever develop.
CDC tests results will be shared when confirmatory tests are done, following appropriate patient notification.
Wait, what? Where’s the mention of the “protocol breach”? Funny that.
Here’s a thought: The CDC and the Obama administration are incompetent.
Breaking: Texas health care worker who treated ‘patient zero’ tests positive for Ebola; Update: President Obama has been briefed; Update: Patient went into isolation within 90 minutes of feeling symptoms; Update: ‘Patient was wearing protective gear’: Update: Patient noticed fever on Friday?