The list of exposed and possibly infected people growing daily
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now monitoring 125 people for symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus, including 76 who came into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national who died of the disease last week in a Dallas hospital.
Nina Pham, 26, who Frieden did not identify by name, remains in stable condition, he said, while the CDC continues to monitor her boyfriend and her dog.
“It’s possible we will see other people become ill,” Frieden said.
Frieden told the media that the CDC is now stepping up preventative measures to stop the spread of Ebola to healthcare workers, and will send a CDC team of experts on the disease ‘within hours” to any hospital in the United States where an Ebola case is identified.
The CDC has been criticized for its slow response to Duncan, who was first sent home from the hospital even though he had a 103 degree fever and had told a nurse he just arrived from Liberia.
Frieden initially said Pham contracted Ebola from Duncan through a “breach in protocol,” but he later walked back that statement.
“I’ve been hearing loud and clear from heathcare workers around the country that they are worried, that they don’t feel prepared to take care of patients with Ebola,” Frieden said.