Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Center for Disease Control has a PR disaster on its hands after a second Dallas hospital worker came down with Ebola. The CDC had projected control of the situation, which proved illusory. Now it says it will station one of its officials at any hospital in the US caring for Ebola patients. It probably should have done that at the beginning of the situation. It is unclear how nursing staff and other workers are contracting the disease. All we know is where. The CDC needs to examine hospital procedures and their implementation minutely to determine how the virus is slipping through the prophylactic barriers. It might not be easy to find the breakdown and it might be something simple that no one has thought about until now. Either way, the CDC has a distance to go to win back its reputation for protecting Americans against disease.