Good morning! Did you ever dream we would be talking about Ebola here in Dallas? Most of us spent our Sunday digesting the sad news that a health care worker who had tended to Thomas Duncan, the city’s first Ebola patient and victim, at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, had contracted the disease from her job of caring for him in ICU at Presbyterian Hospital. Late Sunday night the Center for Disease Control confirmed the diagnosis. Speculation was made that the health care worker, a young nurse, had somehow breached the protocol of the protective gear. According to my sources, no breach took place. The hospital, infectious disease experts, and the CDC will be poring over the current containment protocols and hazmat suits worn by all Ebola health care workers in the next few days to determine many things, one of which could be a change in CDC policy for wearing of protective gear, and possibly getting out of it. Presbyterian Dallas is already stepping up to a new level of infectious disease care, all prompted by rare chance that an Ebola patient from Liberia ended up in the Presby emergency room.
If anything, this is another sign that Dallas has become so much more of an international city, with a growing group of multi-cultural immigrants — which brings the good like real estate sales, and, unfortunately, the bad. (more…)