Texas Hospital Apologizes for Mistakes
Ebola patient Amber Vinson “reported no symptoms other than a higher temperature” when she called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before boarding a commercial flight Monday from Cleveland to Dallas, “but that’s now in question” based on information coming from contact-tracing interviews, a federal official said Thursday.
Earlier in the day, Dr. Chris Braden of the CDC told reporters that “we have started to look at the possibility that she had symptoms going back as far as Saturday. … We can’t rule out (that) she might have had the start of her illness on Friday.”
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The Dallas hospital that’s been ground zero for Ebola in the United States will soon officially be free of the virus after transferring the last of three infected patients that had been treated there, but not free of criticism or fallout.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was where the first and, thus far, only three people diagnosed with Ebola in the United States have been treated. The first was Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, who died October 8. The next two were nurses who helped care for Duncan and contracted Ebola despite precautions intended to prevent just that.