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Anthony Fauci: New Ebola Protocols Will Ban Any Skin Showing

By    |   Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 09:53 AM

A federal health official says revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include protective gear "with no skin showing."

Dr. Anthony Fauci heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He told ABC's "This week" that those caring for an Ebola patient in Dallas were left vulnerable because some of their skin was showing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working on revisions to safety protocols.

Ebola's incubation period is 21 days, and Fauci noted that mark is being reached Sunday for Dallas hospital workers who first treated the ill Liberian man.

Fauci also called President Barack Obama's Ebola czar Ron Klain a good choice to head up the effort.

"He's superb manager, he's a great organizer," Fauci said of Klian on CNN's "State of the Union."

The White House Ebola response had been under the supervision of Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

"They have big day jobs, so to have somebody that's totally dedicated to that, good idea," Fauci told CNN.

He said he expects to meet with Klain later this week.

Earlier in the interview, Facui insisted that neither he nor CDC chief Tom Frieden are repeating White House talking points, as charged by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

"That's just not the case," Fauci said. "I've never had an experience where a president is telling you to tell him something that he wants to hear."

Host Candy Crowley asked Fauci about various public perceptions of the virus, including the cleaning of a commercial airliner that flew a nurse who contracted Ebola and a cruise ship that was turned away from port in Belize because a lab worker was on board from the hospital that treated the first patient diagnosed in the United States.

The cleaning was likely not necessary, but the airline was acting out of an abundance of caution, Fauci said.

"There's no such a thing as zero risk," he admitted, but added that the risk to fellow airline passengers was "vanishingly low."

The lab worker on the ship later tested negative for Ebola but, Fauci said, "You can understand why it was done because fear is something you need to respect and understand."

As for "clipboard man," the protocols supervisor who was seen walking near patient Amber Vinson without protective gear while both the patient and all other workers were in HAZMAT suits, Fauci said the man was never in danger, but should have moved away "for public relations appearances.


 

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