It is becoming increasingly apparent that in spite of ample warnings and predictions that it was just a matter of time, the CDC and large segments of the American medical community seem to have been inexplicably caught off guard by the Ebola outbreak.
The evidence to the lack of preparedness and threat awareness continues to stack up, with new revelations coming to light that for the first three days of Thomas Duncan’s treatment in a Dallas hospital, the medical staff attending to him did so in a manner inconsistent with that which is required to prevent the spread of Ebola to others, including themselves.
For the first three days of his hospitalization, the severity of Duncan’s condition was suspected but not yet confirmed. That period, from September 28th through the 30th, seems to have been the period of time in which the greatest likelihood for the spread of Ebola existed.
During that time frame, the health care workers who attended to Duncan wore little more in the way of protection than their gowns and scrubs, despite Duncan exhibiting what they termed as “projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea.”
On September 30th, test results on Duncan came back positive for the Ebola virus and it was at that time that the staff donned their hazardous material suits.
The hospital is working to determine who the individuals exposed during that period of time were. A total number in excess of 70 have been identified, but those who were involved in his initial care are now seen to be most at-risk.
Aside from hospital staff members, other patients who were treated in the course of the day by those nurses or who came in contact with other hospital staff who had been contaminated by Duncan are also in danger of having contracted the disease.
A statement by the hospital as to the basis for the decision not to opt for the haz-mat suits at the outset, given the Ebola suspicions and Liberian connection has not yet been provided.
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