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NIH Director: CDC Will Have 'More Involved Role' in New Ebola Cases

By    |   Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:35 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be taking a "more involved role" should there be any new cases of Ebola, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Texas officials announced Wednesday a second healthcare worker in Dallas who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the nation's first diagnosed Ebola patient, had tested positive for the disease.

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The CDC announced on Sunday nurse Nina Pham, 26, who had also treated Duncan, was diagnosed with Ebola. Duncan died Oct. 8 from the disease after having traveled the previous month to the United States from Liberia.

"You're going to see, as was described at a press conference and what has been put forth by the CDC, a much more involved role," Fauci said Wednesday. "It's going to be very proactive."

Questions have arisen about how prepared hospitals are to treat future cases of Ebola, in light of the spread of the disease to the Dallas healthcare workers. Fauci said it was "not acceptable that two nurses taking care of a person because of their exposure there were infected."

The CDC was in Dallas to "find out what went wrong and to make sure with very aggressive proactive training that, there and elsewhere, this does not happen again," Fauci said.

"Instead of there being passive training, like 'Go look at our website, or here's a piece of paper,' it's going to be very active. Seminars, webinars, visits," he said.

Should there be more confirmed cases of Ebola around the country, Fauci said the CDC would "go there right from the get go and make sure things are done properly at the level of the local hospital that happens to have gotten that patient."

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be taking a "more involved role" should there be any new cases of Ebola, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
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