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Rep. Marsha Blackburn to Grill CDC Chief on Ebola Crisis

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 04:15 PM

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will put CDC chief Dr. Thomas Freiden in the hot seat Thursday as she grills him about the nation's Ebola crisis — and she believes he should resign if he fails to deliver the right answers.

"I have questions [such as] how in the world we could expect hospitals across the country to be prepared for this when at the CDC itself, Ebola is tested in what is called a BSL4 lab and that is people in [what] look like space suits," Blackburn said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"They have their own air supply, you have to have chemical showers as you exit these areas — I mean just extreme precautions taken to handle Ebola or any of these other pathogens.

"So we're very concerned about the lack of protocols that seem to have been given to hospitals, about the lack of instructions to the state Health Department."

Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, said simply testing people for Ebola could be highly problematic.

"Think about your hospital lab, if you were to go in and have blood drawn and it were to be tested and in the hospital lab, how are they supposed to clean the equipment? Is there supposed to be designated equipment?" she asked.

"When it comes to bodily fluids from those that have Ebola, how are you to handle those fluids? How are they to be stored? How are they to be transported? How are they to be destroyed?

"There are so many questions that surround this that it shows, no we're not prepared."
 
Blackburn's concern came as a second nurse who treated the now-dead Ebola victim in a Dallas hospital has been diagnosed with the virus.

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Asked by Steve Malzberg if she would be in favor of Freiden stepping down if he cannot provide answers to her questions, Blackburn said:

"Well, I would be, and bear in mind, I was the first one to say we needed to have a travel ban over there, restrict visas, have a quarantine of people that are trying to leave Liberia, not only for us, but for other countries.

"This is why you have other countries that have stopped their flights, but the fact that they have so politicized this and there was so little instruction given to these hospitals and the arrogance that you are hearing from so many in the administration, I don't blame the American people one bit for being upset and concerned."

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn, vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will put CDC chief Dr. Thomas Freiden in the hot seat Thursday as she grills him about the nation's Ebola crisis.
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