A top medical official in the US has said that a health worker may have become infected with Ebola due to a "breach in protocol".
Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it is possible that other health workers also became infected in the same way. His main points were:
- A female health worker has tested positive for Ebola after treating a male patient who died of the virus. Further test results are expected tonight.
- There will be an investigation into how this exposure occurred. A potential breach of protocol while removing protective equipment is one area that is being looked at.
- Authorities believe only one person had contact with the health worker while she was potentially infectious. This person is under "active monitoring".
- They are working to identify all health workers who had contact with the male patient in case they were also exposed to the virus.
- 48 people who had contact with the male patient before he was hospitalised continue to be monitored.
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