CDC did not consider new US Ebola victim ‘high risk,’ wore ‘full’ protective gear (Video)

CDC did not consider new US Ebola victim ‘high risk,’ wore ‘full’ protective gear (Video)
Source: Breitbart News

An unnamed Texas health care worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian Ebola patient who later died, is now the first reported case of an Ebola transmission within the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not consider this new patient to be at “high risk” of infection.

The Washington Post reported:

Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer for Texas Health Resources, which operates Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, said the worker had been under self-monitoring in recent days, which includes taking a temperature twice daily. When the health worker showed signs of a fever, the person notified the hospital, went directly there and immediately was admitted to an isolation room.

Varga said the entire sequence of events took less than 90 minutes.

Because the health care worker followed “full CDC precautions,” he was not considered to be at “high risk” for contracting the virus. Those precautions included “wearing a gown, gloves, a mask and a protective face shield,” the Post reported.

Although Varga said he was “confident that the precautions that we have in place are protecting our health-care workers,” he added that in light of this new case, “We’re very concerned.”

“The system of monitoring, quarantine and isolation was established to protect those who cared for Mr. Duncan as well as the community at large by identifying any potential Ebola cases as early as possible and getting those individuals into treatment immediately,” Varga said.

After this announcement, conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham recalled an earlier announcement by CDC Director Tom Frieden, and tweeted:

Peter Foster, U.S. editor for the Daily Telegraph, tweeted, according to Twitchy:

Foster’s concern was shared by others:

Watch the announcement of this new case below.

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