CDC sends Ebola SWAT team to Dallas in new virus-fighting plan

The agency says it will send a team of experts to any hospital with an Ebola case in the future


Time

DALLAS — A team of experts with experience treating Ebola patients in Africa and containing outbreaks there is now in Dallas working to contain the deadly disease after the first two diagnoses on U.S. soil, a top health official said Tuesday.

Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said the team is helping officials at Texas Health Presbyterian, and was joined by two nurses from Emory University Hospital, where U.S. aid workers were successfully treated for Ebola. The team’s job is to enhance safety and infection control measures at the hospital.

“A single infection in a health care workers is unacceptable,” Frieden said. “What we are doing at this point is looking at everything we can do to minimize the risk so those caring for her can do so safely and effectively.”

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