The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Sunday that the reason a nurse contracted the Ebola virus was because of a “breach in protocol.”
On Monday, the nurse was identified as 26 year-old Nina Pham, a 2010 graduate of Texas Christian University, USA Today reports. Pham had been caring for Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He died last week.
At a news conference Sunday, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, called for an investigation as to how Pham’s care for Duncan resulted in an Ebola infection. Although Frieden acknowledged that all of the facts were not at hand, he asserted that a “breach in protocol” resulted in her infection:
“We don’t know what occurred in the care of index patient, the original patient in Dallas. But at some point there was a breach in protocol. And that breach in protocol resulted in this infection.”
Experts have been quick to criticize Frieden’s accusation of Pham’s supposed haphazardness. Bonnie Castillo, a registered nurse (RN) and a disaster relief expert at National Nurses United, told Reuters: “You don’t scapegoat and blame when you have a disease outbreak.”
“We have a system failure. That is what we have to correct.”
According to Reuters, over 4,000 people have died since the latest Ebola outbreak began in March, the worst of it’s kind yet.
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