Quiet 'whiz kid' became public face of Ebola fight

October 19, 2014 1:25 PM

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Last May, as Ebola crept across West Africa, America's top infectious disease expert told a group of Harvard students in a commencement speech to always second-guess their assumptions because "overconfidence can kill."

Five months later in a hearing room on Capitol Hill, Tom Frieden was accused of not following his own advice — repeatedly assuring the nation it was safe from an Ebola outbreak even as two U.S. nurses became infected and one was allowed to board a commercial airline, each following safety protocols ...

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