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Dallas-Texas-Map-Pin(NaturalNews) With a third person in the Dallas area now infected with the Ebola virus, local officials say they are gearing up to handle more patients, as Texas Gov. Rick Perry contemplates declaring a local emergency.

Such a declaration would free up state funds that could be used to help provide more equipment and resources, as well as pay overtime for hospital staff and emergency services, Reuters reported October 15, adding:

The Dallas County Commissioners Court is set [October 16] to discuss whether to ask Governor Rick Perry to declare a local emergency. The declaration would help reimburse Dallas County for expenses related to Ebola, such as overtime and hazardous materials cleaning.

Meanwhile, local Texas health officials issued an apology to the city and surrounding communities for misdiagnosing Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who brought the Ebola virus to the U.S. He died of the disease Oct. 8.

‘We are deeply sorry’

“We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry,” Dr. Daniel Varga, the chief clinical officer for Texas Health Resources, which includes Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, said in online testimony prepared for an upcoming congressional hearing. Presbyterian Hospital is where Duncan was treated; since his death, two healthcare workers there have tested positive for the virus.

National Nurses United, a nursing union and professional organization, has said that basic infection control procedures were not followed at the hospital, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and the facility’s own rules. For example, the group said, no one was picking up hazardous waste in Duncan’s room, which was “piled to the ceiling.” Reuters added:

The hospital said in a statement that it had instituted measures to create a safe working environment and it was reviewing and responding to the nurses’ criticisms.

The hospital also said it would offer a room to any affected worker who wanted to avoid the possibility of exposing other people to the Ebola virus.

Written By: J. D. HEYES – continue reading at NATURAL NEWS

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