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CDC Director on Ebola: “Even a Single Infection is Unacceptable”

Elizabeth Chuck | NBC News   in 
October 13, 2014

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that he was “confident” the spread of Ebola could be stopped, a day after a test confirmed a Dallas nurse had been infected while caring for a Liberian national in her hospital.

“We have to rethink the way we address Ebola infection control, because even a single infection is unacceptable,” Dr. Tom Frieden said.

A close family friend has confirmed to NBC News that Nina Pham is the nurse being treated in Dallas for Ebola. Frieden said Sunday that the first case of person-to-person Ebola transmission to happen on U.S. soil was the result of a “breach of protocol,” but clarified Monday that he in no way meant to place blame on the sickened nurse by his comment.

“This is a very brave person who put herself at risk to do something good for society, and is now ill,” he said.

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