Second Ebola case found in US

A second health worker in Texas has tested positive for Ebola, US officials said yesterday.

Like the first, the second infection on US soil concerned a caregiver for a Liberian Ebola patient who died at a Dallas hospital earlier this month.

The worker came down with a fever on Tuesday and was isolated at the hospital right away, AFP reported.

It comes amid dire predictions that thousands of new infections were possible in the worst-hit west African countries before year's end.

"Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored," the Texas Department of State Health Services said.

Mr Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the second infection "unacceptable."

The worst Ebola outbreak on record has claimed 4,447 lives, out of 8,914 recorded cases so far.