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Control Eluded State Leaders in Ebola Crisis

Had the state used its public health powers more robustly, health care workers who treated Duncan might not have been circulating in public, and much of the ensuing panic could have been stilled.

Source: Control Eluded State Leaders in Ebola Crisis | The Texas Tribune

I’m glad to hear reports that the first nurse is now testing negative and that this didn’t get out of hand. Public health issues like this are fully within the role of government. It saddens me that Texas loves to claim independence until something isn’t right, then we blame it on it on Federal inaction.

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But I think we could, in retrospect, with 20/20 hindsight, have sent a more robust hospital infection control team and been more hands-on with the hospital from day one about exactly how this should be managed.”

Source: Second Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola At Dallas Hospital : The Two-Way : NPR

This is incredible. While Hollywood and pulp fiction loves to play up Ebola as the most-deadly virus ever discovered (it is not), it is still extremely serious. That it took the CDC “in retrospect with 20/20 hindsight” to realize they should have sent in a robust crew to help and/or manage the first “off-the-street” Ebola infection in the nation’s history is mind-blowing.

Other news reports, citing a nurses’ union report, that the hospital was, and still is, completely unprepared for the situation, including lack of proper protective equipment and numerous violations of protocol, if only half-true, are still unbelievable.