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Texas Health Official: “We Made Mistakes”

Voice of America   in 
October 17, 2014

A senior official of the Texas hospital system that treated a Liberian national with Ebola said on Thursday “we made mistakes” in diagnosing the man who later died and in giving inaccurate information to the public, adding that he was “deeply sorry.”

Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer and senior vice president of Texas Health Resources, also said there was no actual Ebola training for staff before that first patient, Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, was admitted.

Varga’s remarks were part of his prepared statement for a House congressional hearing in the United States, where lawmakers grilled the nation’s top medical experts to discuss Ebola detection and control measures. Varga did not attend the hearing, instead remaining in Texas.

Ebola treatment protocols have come under scrutiny since two Texas health care workers contracted the disease after caring for Duncan, who was hospitalized and died earlier this month in Dallas, Texas.

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