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HHS Secretary Burwell: 'I Do Have Confidence in the CDC'

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Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Burwell. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 11:04 AM

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told NBC's "Today" she has "confidence" in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, its director, Dr. Tom Frieden, and the agency's ability to address Ebola in the United States.

"I do have confidence in the CDC and Dr. Frieden. And, yesterday we announced that for any place where there is a patient, we will be sending a fly team in immediately to make sure we are doing that help and assistance in oversight of the implementation of the protocols that we know have worked," Burwell said Wednesday.

A Dallas hospital is at the front line of treating Ebola in the U.S. after two healthcare workers there were diagnosed with the disease. Both workers treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola, who died Oct. 8 from the disease.

Frieden has received criticism for the CDC response to the disease and the information the agency has released about the threat it posed in the U.S. He has maintained air travel should not be restricted from countries most affected by the disease, even though a majority of Americans favor that approach.

Burwell admitted what the CDC "could have done much better is the oversight of the implementation of the protocols" when Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola in September, but maintained the agency was now implementing protocols "that we know can work and have worked over 30 years, in terms of fighting Ebola."

In Dallas, the CDC was conducting "peer-to-peer training," Burwell said, adding there was also a "24/7 site manager who will be overseeing the way that the equipment is put on and taken off." Officials would "continue to monitor the situation," she said.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told NBC's "Today" she has "confidence" in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, its director, Dr. Tom Frieden, and the agency's ability to address Ebola in the United States.
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