A second person in Dallas, TX has tested positive for Ebola, and this one hits close to home for Glenn and his team. Four members of Glenn's staff live in the same Dallas apartment complex as the health care worker. What should they be doing? Well, it's not really clear at this point because everyone seems to be downplaying the threat.
The unidentified worker reported a fever late Tuesday and was immediately isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. The individual was among those who helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S.
Officials at a press conference Wednesday morning said this health worker ”preliminarily tested positive for Ebola.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will conduct an additional test for absolute confirmation that the individual has the virus.
When asked about this issue of how health care workers were exposed to the virus when taking precautions with protective gear and other procedures, Dr. Daniel Varga with Texas Health Presbyterian said they are “looking at every element” that could have led to these new infections.
“I don’t think we have a systematic institutional problem,” Varga said. “We’re looking at every element of our personal protective equipment and infection control inside the hospital. We don’t have an answer for this right now but we’re looking at every possible element.”
"You're listening to a broadcast that is 15 miles away from that hospital. 15 miles. We now have four -- four, count them, four employees that just this morning have come to work and said, the guy who just went in the hospital, that's my apartment complex," Glenn revealed on radio.
The four staffers live in an apartment complex made up of several buildings. None of them live in the same building as the latest Ebola patient.
Below is the letter one of the staffers received:
"What do you do? I'm a businessman. I have four employees now that live in that complex. They don't live near that apartment. I don't think they're infected. It doesn't seem reasonable. What do I do? This is the problem with the CDC. This is -- what do we do? We're not experts, you nincompoops. You are," Glenn said.
"It is massive, massive incompetence. I'm telling you, this administration, and the entire government is going to go down as criminal on this. They're going to be remembered as criminally incompetent on this," Glenn said.