Took him long enough.
Federal health officials are drafting new protocols on Ebola, after facing criticism over the insufficient guidelines that led two nurses to contract the deadly virus while treating U.S. patient zero Thomas Eric Duncan.
Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear ‘with no skin showing,’ a top federal health official said Sunday.
Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said those caring for an Ebola patient in Dallas were left vulnerable because some of their skin was exposed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working on revisions to safety protocols.
Ebola’s incubation period is 21 days, and Dr Fauci noted that mark was reached on Sunday for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital workers who first treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who later died of the disease.
‘The ones now today that are going to be ‘off the hook’ are the ones that saw him initially in the emergency room,’ Dr Fauci said.
Duncan was seen at the hospital on September 26 and sent home with antibiotics. He returned by ambulance two days later, was admitted and died of Ebola on October 8.