Alcon: Worker Being Monitored for Ebola Virus

A medical company worker who was in contact with a nurse recently diagnosed with the Ebola virus is being monitored for symptoms of the virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, according to a statement issued by the company.

The patient is an associate of Alcon — a Fort Worth medical company specializing in eye-care products — and was admitted to the hospital Oct. 12, according to a statement from the company. The associate has not shown any signs or symptoms of the Ebola virus.

Texas Health Presbyterian is monitoring the patient based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocol.

Alcon officials said they are confident that there is no risk for their associates after a consultation with the Texas Department of Health. They are taking all necessary measures and working with both the state and CDC to ensure they are following public health measures.

The nurse diagnosed with the Ebola virus, Nina Pham, was part of the team treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient with the Ebola virus in America. Pham is believed to be the first person to contract the virus in the United States.

Due to privacy, the company has not released the name of the associate.

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