US establishing ‘Ebola response teams’ to contain epidemic

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned Tuesday that “Ebola response teams” are being assembled that shall be in a position to deploy “within hours” to any hospital within the United States.

“For any hospital anywhere in the country that has a confirmed case of Ebola, we will put a team on the ground within hours,” CDC Director Tom Frieden mentioned throughout a Tuesday afternoon press convention on the group’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

The US response to the unfold of Ebola got here below harsh criticism after a Liberian nationwide was despatched residence from a Dallas, Texas hospital regardless of demonstrating signs of the illness and informing medical workers that he had not too long ago traveled to West Africa. The affected person, Thomas Eric Duncan, finally was re-hospitalized and obtained therapy for Ebola. However, he died greater than per week later. Now one of many nurses who handled him, Nina Pham, has examined constructive for the illness and officers in Dallas are on excessive alert for different instances. Pham was in “clinically stable” situation as of Monday this week.

Seventy-six people who cared for Duncan, the primary particular person to be recognized with Ebola within the US, are being intently monitored, Frieden mentioned at Tuesday’s convention, however they’ve but to show any signs of the lethal illness that has solely not too long ago reached America.

Frieden warned greater than two months in the past that American vacationers would “inevitably” unfold the illness to the US and, that very same month, an inspector’s normal report concluded that the Department of Homeland Security “has no assurance it has sufficient personal protective equipment and antiviral medical countermeasures for a pandemic response.”

At Tuesday’s presser, Frieden mentioned CDC officers have but to decide what “specific interaction” between Duncan and Pham led to the nurse contracting the illness. Meanwhile, hundreds of different well being employees throughout the US have launched a number of social media campaigns to present their help for the nurse. A “Nurses for Nina” group has been appreciated by greater than 4,500 accounts on Facebook, Reuters reported on Tuesday, as related teams sprout up throughout the online.

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