As many as 80 people may have had contact with the Liberian Ebola patient who is now is isolation at a Texas hospital, Dallas health officials told MSNBC on Thursday. And four members of the man’s family have now been told to stay home as a precaution.
The patient’s nephew, meanwhile, blames hospital personnel for major mistakes that may have exposed other people to the deadly disease.
But on Thursday morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Health, defended the CDC for trying to spread a message that didn’t get across to some emergency rooms:
“The CDC over the last several weeks to months have been really putting out the message that when people come in with symptoms that are compatible with Ebola, that it’s important to ask for a travel history, and to factor that into what your decision is. Unfortunately that did not happen in this case. I think we just need to put that behind us, and look ahead — and make sure in the future this doesn’t happen again,” Fauci told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”