A second health worker at the Health Presbyterian hospital in Texas has tested positive for Ebola, authorities say.

The worker, who has not been named, treated Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who died from Ebola last week, and was immediately isolated on Tuesday after reporting symptoms of a fever. The worker tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test, with a second test to confirm the infection currently underway, according to the Texas Department of Health.

Nina Pham, a 26-year-old nurse from the same hospital, is already receiving treatment for the deadly virus after treating the Duncan.

US authorities are monitoring 48 people who came into contact with the Liberian national and the entire team of health workers who helped treat him in Texas.

Meanwhile, the UN’s mission chief has said that the world is failing to take control of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with thousands of new cases predicted by December.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that 4,447 people have died with infections nearing 9,000 in West Africa in the current outbreak.

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