A second nurse in Texas has tested positive for Ebola after treating a Liberian patient who died last week, US health officials said on Wednesday, sparking new concerns about the spread of the virus.
The nurse, identified as Amber Vinson, flew on a commercial flight from Ohio to Texas with a slight temperature the day before she was diagnosed, officials said.
Chances that other passengers on the plane were infected were very low, but the nurse should not have been traveling on the flight, Reuters quoted Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as saying.
Authorities are trying to track down all of the more than 130 passengers who shared the Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland, Ohio, to Dallas on October 13.
Vinson was isolated immediately after reporting a fever on Tuesday. She had treated Liberian man Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola on Oct. 8 and was the first patient diagnosed with the virus in the US.
In Washington, President Barack Obama said the likelihood of a widespread Ebola outbreak was “very, very low.”
But he pledged a more aggressive response to US Ebola cases from federal officials and that the government would do everything possible to ensure no more healthcare workers are infected.
Over the weekend, 26-year-old nurse Nina Pham became the first person to be infected with Ebola in the US. She had cared for Duncan during much of his 11 days in the hospital.
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