WATCH LIVE: Congress grills CDC and NIH over our nation's Ebola preparedness

October 16, 2014 5:01 PM

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Government health officials in the United States made "false assumptions" about the country's level of preparedness to handle Ebola cases here, a Republican House chairman charged Thursday, as the officials prepared to defend their response at a congressional hearing.

Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, chairman of a House oversight subcommittee, said it appears hospitals were not ready, people were not properly trained and health care workers did not have the proper protective gear.

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