Amber Joy Vinson has been identified as the second healthcare worker to contract Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from the disease last week.
Like Nina Pham, who is currently being treated for the virus, Vinson is a Dallas-based nurse who was working at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas at the time that Duncan was admitted.
"Like Nina Pham, this is a heroic person - a person who has dedicated her life to helping others," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins at a press conference this morning.
Vinson was reportedly put into quarantine less than 90 minutes after she complained of having a fever.
Officials are reportedly concerned that Vinson may have exposed others to the virus, as she flew from Dallas to Cleveland the day before she was diagnosed.
Despite the many precautions in place, officials in Dallas have stated that they believe more cases of Ebloa infection will be reported in the coming days.
Even so, they remain optimistic that the virus will be contained:
"It may get worse before it gets better, but it will get better," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said today.
Little is known about Vinson at this point other than that she is a 29-year-old registered nurse and a resident of the Dallas area.
"Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures," said a spokesperson for the CDC today.