DALLAS -- Call it round two in the fight against Ebola. Another patient means another bout of finding folks who might be exposed, another incubation period, and another waiting game to see if the virus has spread.
Patient two, reportedly a female nurse at Presby, was quickly whisked into isolation. So far, the hospital is already responding more efficiently. Remember, Thomas Eric Duncan was sent home with meds after he showed up at the E.R. with a 103-degree fever.
Looks like the city also isn`t taking any chances on the second go-round. As soon as patient two tested positive, guess who rolled into her M-streets complex, ready to hose down the place for possible infectious germs?
"The Dallas Fire and Rescue haz mat team has cleaned up the common areas and decontaminated any of the open areas of apartment complex," Mayor Mike Rawlings explained. "Right now, police are standing by to make sure no one enters that apartment complex."
They even disinfected her car. A haz-mat drum was seen sitting prominently on her lawn. The same cleaning crew that decontaminated the apartment where Duncan stayed, was dispatched to patient two's complex.
Well, not bad, City of Dallas -- considering it took almost one week before Duncan`s contaminated sheets were removed from the bed at the Ivy Apartment complex, and Duncan`s fiance and family were moved out.
So, now comes the treatment. Duncan didn`t receive that experimental drug until almost one week after he was admitted. Here's hoping the nurse doesn't have to wait that long.