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October 13th, 2014
09:21 PM ET

Texas nurse who contracted Ebola identified

The second person in the United States diagnosed with Ebola has been identified. CNN has learned new details about the 26-year-old Dallas nurse who treated Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Presbyterian Hospital.

Last Friday, Nina Pham went to the emergency room at the hospital where she works. She complained of a temperature spike and was admitted and placed in an isolation ward for treatment.

The head of the CDC said the transmission of the disease might have involved a "breach of protocol" among the possibilities - that in removing her protective gear, she might have come in contact with the virus.

The national nurses union was quick to charge the CDC with "scapegoating" and the CDC promptly apologized, saying they did not mean to imply that the nurse was at fault for catching the virus.

CNN's Erin Burnett has the latest.

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Filed under: Ebola • Health • International
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  1. rebecca

    as an RN employed in texas I was interested in this evenings broadcast with an interview with one of the friends of nina pham, the nurse who contracted ebola from a patient. the friend stated ms pham was wearing a full hazmat suit. nurses wear isolation gowns but not hazmat suits. erin burnett asked her again if she was wearing a full hazmat suit and the friend said yes. I can tell you she was not. there may have been an error in what one would consider a hazmat suit. the isolation gowns we wear would not protect an RN from contracting ebola

    October 14, 2014 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  2. B. Bigelow

    Why is no one talking about this? Disaster preparedness falls victim to sequestration.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/bio-disaster-hospital-preparedness-program_n_5976886.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013

    October 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  3. Phillip West

    Erin, I was watching your interview about how the aid worker may have contracted the ebola virus, and the glove controversy.
    How they were taught to come out of the infected gloves and suit is completely wrong.
    I am retired Army and spent many years as an assistant Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Specialist in Armor Units. We had to conduct decontamination exercises on a regular basis, more than twice per year. Decontamination and changing out of an infected or suspect suit and gloves is practiced as if inside or outside of a contaminated area.
    The gloves are the last item of protection to come off if the hazard is not airborne. The chemical mask is last if in an airborne hazard area. The Army Decontamination units should be the ones teaching the Care Workers how to properly come out of their protective garments.
    I hope you can get this out to others in a timely manner.

    October 14, 2014 at 1:55 am | Reply

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