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CDC training hospitals to ‘think Ebola’ after first case contracted in U.S.

Updated 1:15 p.m. EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said that hospitals need to take additional precautions when caring for patients with fever who have traveled to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in the last 21 days. This comes days after nurse Nina Pham, identified as the health care worker who cared for and Ebola patient in Dallas, was herself diagnosed with the virus.

“Even a single infection is unacceptable,” Frieden said at Monday’s news briefing.

Frieden also apologized to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital about his previous “breach of protocol” comments, saying that he did not intend to put the blame on the hospital or on Pham. “I apologize if people thought I was criticizing the hospital,” Frieden said. “And I feel awful that a health care worker became infected while helping an Ebola patient.”

Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, added that the health care worker’s apartment is being cleaned and her dog is being monitored.


This post was originally published on Oct. 13 at 11:47 EDT.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a news conference today at noon EDT to address the current state of response to Ebola cases in the United States and West Africa.

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC and David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, will be hosting the newser.

The briefing comes a day after the CDC confirmed a Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital health worker tested positive for Ebola. The CDC claimed the diagnosis for the worker, who helped care for Thomas Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the U.S. who died from the virus on Wednesday, shows there was a breach of safety protocol.

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