CDC sends contradictory messages about EbolaHow the Ebola outbreak is being mishandled
Amber Vinson is the 29 year old nurse identified as the second Texas healthcare worker to be diagnosed with Ebola.
She was one of the more than 70 workers who had helped cared for Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national who died of the virus, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
After contracting a slight fever and while being monitored for exposure to the virus, she took a commercial flight from Cleveland to Dallas/Forth Worth on October 13.
Taking that flight was a violation of CDC guidelines according to director of the CDC Thomas Frieden. Frieden stated that the guidelines preclude any public transportation for anyone under self-monitoring for Ebola exposure. Furthermore he stated that Vinson had not reported her small rise in temperature to the CDC.
However, David Daigle, a CDC spokesman, said that Vinson had in fact contacted the agency prior to the flight and had received clearance for the flight from a CDC official. Vinson had also informed the agency that her temperature had not exceeded 38 degrees.
The CDC will now ensure that those monitored will have travel restricted to controlled moments.
In addition to this mishandling by the CDC, a national nurses group alleges mishandling by the Texas Hospital.
National Nurses United alleges that the hospital failed to provide appropriate training to the health care workers assigned to Duncan. Deborah Burger who is co-president of the nursing group also claims that the hospital did not give appropriate personal protective equipment.
The nurses were also assigned to other patients, potentially exposing others to risk. After Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola, he was not immediately isolated and was left in an area with other patients for hours.
Burger quotes nurses as saying that the blood samples taken from Duncan were not hand delivered to the lab but were instead sent via the general tube system for the hospital. This could potentially contaminate the tube system resulting in infecting the blood shipped around the hospital.
Burger also stated the waste in the patient's room was stacked to the ceiling citing the hospital's failure to remove waste properly.
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