CDC faces embarrassment over potential second Ebola case
A statement issued by the City of Frisco, a suburb of Dallas, suggests that a second potential Ebola victim has been taken to the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the same facility where Duncan stayed before his death this morning.
The CDC claims “the patient did not have direct contact with Duncan and he was not one of the 48 people being monitored by federal, state and local health officials.”
However, according to a Dallas Morning News report, the individual was one of the Sheriff’s Deputies who was forced to enter Ebola victim Duncan’s apartment last week. Duncan’s family told the media that they received no advice from the CDC on how to go about cleaning the apartment and it was a number of days before a professional Hazmat team arrived to clean the building.
“A vehicle cordoned off in the CareNow parking lot is registered to a Dallas County sheriff’s deputy who went into Thomas Eric Duncan’s apartment last week, according to a story that appeared on WFAA’s website earlier this week,” states the report, with NBC 5 also confirming that “the person in the ambulance is an employee with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.”
Confirmation that the second potential Ebola victim is a Sheriff’s deputy who entered Duncan’s apartment would represent a huge embarrassment for the CDC and Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who gave the order to send the men into the apartment unprotected to enforce a court order.
As we reported last week, Dallas County Sheriff’s Association President Christopher Dyer criticized the decision, suggesting that the Sheriff’s deputies and their families were unhappy at having to potentially expose themselves to the virus.
“They’re very concerned,” Dyer said. ”Their families are concerned. You’ve got to go home and tell your spouse, ‘Hey, I was just inside this house where a guy had Ebola.’”
“My anger is really with the feds,” Dryer added. “Let’s move that family. Let’s move everybody out of that building. I don’t care if it’s overkill. Let’s do overkill. I don’t think sending a few deputies in there is the right course of action.”
Images taken from a news chopper also showed unprotected workers cleaning the sidewalk with a pressure washer near Duncan’s apartment where eyewitnesses said he had vomited before entering an ambulance.
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