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Health Officials’ Handling Of First U.S. Ebola Case Raises Questions

News outlets report on issues surrounding the first U.S. Ebola case, including how the case is being handled by health officials.

New York Times: Dallas Hospital Alters Account, Raising Questions on Ebola Case
“Health officials’ handling of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States continued to raise questions Friday, after the hospital that is treating the patient and that mistakenly sent him home when he first came to its emergency room acknowledged that both the nurses and the doctors in that initial visit had access to the fact that he had arrived from Liberia…” (Fernandez et al., 10/3).

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Tracking People Exposed to Dallas Ebola Patient
“Health officials said Saturday they have narrowed the number of people who had direct exposure to an Ebola patient in Dallas to nine family members and health care workers, and that none have had any symptoms of the disease…” (McKay et al., 10/4).

Wall Street Journal: Ebola Case in Dallas Points Out Flaws
“The aggressive response that health officials have mounted to the Ebola virus in Dallas is likely to prevent a wide-scale outbreak. But multiple snafus reveal some unexpected issues the U.S. would have to prepare for in the event of a larger-scale infectious disease threat…” (Campoy/McKay, 10/5).

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