Second U.S. Ebola case raises concerns about medical guidelines
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 01:27
As hazmat crews clean up the Dallas home of the second patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., neighbors say they're shocked but not afraid. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Hazmat crews in Dallas are decontaminating the apartment of another Ebola patient, the second diagnosed in the US.
Officials announced this latest case Sunday.
The patient is a health worker who was treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital last week.
The same company that decontaminated the apartment where Duncan was staying is also working this case.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRAD SMITH, THE CLEANING GUYS, SAYING:
"This is the same story we had at the Ivy Apartments. We're doing the same thing. We're treating our guys the same. We're going to take care of everyone just like we did before."
The diagnosis has prompted officials to send workers into the neighborhood to distribute information on the deadly virus.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ZACH THOMPSON, DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, SAYING:
"We're just getting on the ground pretty quick, so everybody can get quick information."
Residents say the case hits close to home.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WILL STOCKDALE, NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT, SAYING:
"It's just wild. It's not really scary. It's fascinating to think something like this is so close to home, just kind of right down the street."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ERIC KNIGHT, NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT, SAYING:
"The actual place where the original victim was, was the same hospital that I was born in. So that was pretty close to home, and now that it's on the same block that I live on, it's definitely a shock."
The diagnosis has raised new concerns about how U.S. medical guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of the disease failed to prevent a second case.
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