Dallas Ebola outbreak: Mistakes in Duncan case a wake up call for US hospitals

October 8, 2014 3:22 AM

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RoseAnn DeMoro, head of National Nurses United, is warning that hospitals in the U.S. “are not ready to confront” Ebola. But Thomas Frieden, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention insists they are. The string of errors in Dallas shows that the neither the CDC nor the local hospital was ready for the first American case of Ebola. New York and other cities can learn from what went wrong.

On September 25, Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian with an undiagnosed case of Ebola, went to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The medical team overlooked his recent arrival from Ebola-infested West Africa and discharged him with antibiotics. That was the first of sev...

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