CDC Reviewing Procedures After New Case of Ebola in Dallas
The transmission of the Ebola virus to a nurse here forced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday to reconsider its approach to containing the disease, with state and federal officials re-examining whether equipment and procedures were adequate or too loosely followed, and whether more decontamination steps are necessary when health workers leave isolation units.
“We have to rethink the way we address Ebola infection control, because even a single infection is unacceptable,” Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the C.D.C., told reporters.
Health officials still do not know how the nurse, who helped treat the Ebola victim at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and wore a gown, mask and other protective gear during her interactions with him, became infected.
A team of C.D.C. officials — reinforcements sent to Dallas in the aftermath of the second Ebola case diagnosed in the United States — worked through the night at the hospital to identify what was described as a “large group” of health care workers who might be at risk of infection because they treated the original Ebola victim, Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, at the hospital from the time he was admitted on Sept. 28 until he died last Wednesday.