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CDC Director Explains New Ebola Screening Protocols on CNN

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC, spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper today about working on new Ebola screening protocols, assuring that “we want to do something that protects all Americans, not something that either is done for show or something that won’t have an impact.”

He said the U.S. doesn’t want to do anything to “make it harder” to stop the Ebola outbreak. Frieden explained that there are CDC staffers on the ground in Dallas who have identified 48 people who possibly came in contact with Ebola patient Thomas Duncan. All of them are being monitored in isolation to “break the chain of transmission.”

Tapper brought up the problems at the Dallas hospital, including the fact that Duncan was sent home for three days. He asked, “Can you reassure the American people that those mistakes will not repeat themselves?” Frieden assured they won’t, making it clear that treating Ebola patient “requires a great degree of meticulous attention to debate.”

And that’s why the CDC is training 60 individuals, he continued, who will be deployed to combat any potential threat of an Ebola outbreak.

Watch the segment below, via CNN:

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