CDC: Stopping Ebola Is 'Hard'

CDC: Stopping Ebola Is 'Hard'

Monday at a press conference the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden said stopping Ebola is hard in response to blowback he received for seeming to blame the nurse for a breach in protocol that lead to her Ebola diagnosis after treating the late Thomas Eric Duncan.

Dr Frieden. said,  “Stopping Ebola is hard. We’re working together to make it safer and easier. yesterday we confirmed the first case of Ebola contracted in the U.S. and a health care worker who cared for what we refer to, who we refer to as the index patient in Dallas, Texas.”

“The existence of the first case of Ebola spread within the U.S. changes some things and it doesn’t change other things,” he added. “It doesn’t change the fact that we know how Ebola spreads. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s possible to take care of Ebola safely. But it does change substantially how we approach it. We have to re-think the way we address Ebola infection control because even a single infection is unacceptable.”

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