Last Friday night a nurse who cared for the first Ebola victim in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, tested positive for the disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director, Tom Frieden is saying the infection is due to a “breach in protocol.”
The woman did wear the required protective gear while caring for Duncan. Disease detectives will be looking into how the health care workers carried out kidney dialysis and respiratory intubation for Duncan. According to Dr. Frieden, detectives will also pay close attention to how the protective gear is removed.
Dr. Frieden expressed how care in regular hospitals needs to be strengthened. He said the nurse’s infection “tells us there is need to enhance training protocols.” He also said that preventing transmission of Ebola requires “scrupulous attention to infection control… It’s hard to do it safely. Even a single lapse or breach can result in infection.”
The Obama Administration has taken action to reduce the risk of the disease spreading in the U.S. since Duncan was diagnosed One step the administration has taken to reduce the risk of the disease spreading is the implementation of new screening procedures for travelers coming from West Africa. Screening began on Saturday at JFK Airport in New York and has been working. Four other airports will begin screening passengers on Thursday.
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