The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alluded to their mishandling of the Ebola crisis Tuesday following several weeks of denial.
— Janet St. James (@janetstjames) October 14, 2014
During their daily update, CDC officials admitted that a larger response would have likely stopped the infection of Nina Pham, a Texas nurse who contracted the virus from the country’s first victim Thomas Eric Duncan.
The announcement comes only hours after media outlets revealed that Pham was one of more than 70 medical employees at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who helped Thomas Eric Duncan before his death.
“They drew his blood, put tubes down his throat and wiped up his diarrhea,” the Associated Press reported. “They analyzed his urine and wiped saliva from his lips, even after he had lost consciousness.”
While the valiant effort to save Duncan’s life has been applauded, many question the necessity of using such a large amount of health workers given the increased risk.
Despite their continued attempts to reassure the public, the CDC’s response to patient zero only served to diminish trust among Americans.
Meanwhile, doctors and other health professionals have remained steadfast in their call for the utilization of proper preventative measures.
Only yesterday, Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Michael Jelenik stated his concerns over the suspicious circumstances surrounding Pham’s exposure to the virus.
“My biggest concern is that we don’t have enough knowledge about the virus and this outbreak and whether it’s mutated or not,” Jelinek told KRGV News.
A nurse from the Dallas Presbyterian Hospital made similar statements this week as well.
“We are wondering if it really is contact in airborne or contact in a breach of protocol,” she said. “We really don’t know.”
The CDC has argued that the fault lies with Pham, who they claim did not follow proper protocol.
Luckily, the backlash against the CDC leadership’s lax response has seemingly pushed the agency to begin considering the deployment of registered nurses and physicians to “all major airports in the United States.
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