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Another nurse contracts Ebola from patient in Dallas

A 29-year-old Dallas nurse is now the second U.S. health care worker diagnosed with Ebola caught from a man who was treated and subsequently died. The man arrived in the U.S. from Liberia and passed away on Oct. 8 after being diagnosed with Ebola. According to medical records, the nurse had come into contact with the deceased patient's bodily fluids while drawing blood and inserting catheters.

She also flew on a commercial airliner the day before becoming sick with Ebola. According to authorities, new government guidelines were supposed to ensure that she did not board that plane which was headed for Cleveland. In addition, government authorities stated that another nurse who had treated the dead patient had been recently diagnosed with Ebola. According to the director of the CDC, she shouldn't have been on a commercial flight, although she did not reportedly have a fever at the time. The center's website also says that anyone who may have been exposed to Ebola should be restricting travel and avoid commercial airlines for 21 days.

In the meantime, it will alert all 132 passengers that were on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth on Oct. 13. It is, however, unlikely that passengers on the airplane are at risk of contracting Ebola since it is only contagious when symptoms are present. The nurse showed no symptoms until after the flight, according to the CDC director.

An employee who is injured or sickened on the job is entitled to file a workers' compensation claim. Compensation from a successful claim could help pay for medical and therapy bills plus other expenses while the injured party is out of work. An attorney could help with the filing procedure and by participating in any appeals process if necessary.

Source:, "Second Texas nurse test positive for Ebola", Emily Schmall and Nomaan Merchant, October 15, 2014

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