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CDC Regrets Not Responding Better To Ebola Case At Dallas Hospital, Establishes Deployable Infection Control Teams

News outlets report on the CDC’s plan to deploy specialized Ebola response teams to U.S. hospitals treating Ebola patients. CDC Director Thomas Frieden said the use of such a team in Dallas might have prevented health care workers from contracting the virus.

ABC News: Better Ebola Response May Have Prevented Nurse’s Case, CDC Head Says
“The nation’s top health official said today he regrets not sending a larger team of experts to Texas when the first case of Ebola was diagnosed, a move he said may have prevented a Dallas nurse from getting infected…” (Keneally/Dimitrova, 10/14).

CIDRAP News: CDC to deploy Ebola response team to help hospitals
“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established an Ebola response team to immediately deploy to any hospital that has a confirmed Ebola patient, one of several steps under way as federal health officials reassess the nation’s response in the wake of an infected Dallas nurse…” (Schnirring, 10/14).

New York Times: CDC Says It Should Have Responded Faster to the Dallas Ebola Case
“…The acknowledgment came on a day when a nurses’ union released a scathing statement that it said was composed by nurses at the Dallas hospital where the nurse, Nina Pham, 26, contracted Ebola. The statement told of ‘confusion and frequently changing policies and protocols,’ inadequate protection against contamination, and spotty training…” (Fernandez/Healy, 10/14).

Wall Street Journal: CDC Intensifies Ebola Response at Hospitals
“…CDC Director Tom Frieden said Tuesday the [Ebola response] team would monitor and train on-the-ground health workers, a precaution he wished had been taken at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. ‘We will put a team on the ground within hours,’ Dr. Frieden said…” (Bauerlein/Bustillo, 10/14).

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