- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 12, 2014

President Obama was briefed Sunday morning on the diagnosis of a second case of Ebola in Texas by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, the White House said.

Mr. Obama later received an update on the response to the diagnosis by Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell.

The president directed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) investigation into an apparent breach in infection control protocols move “as expeditiously as possible” and the additional CDC officers dispatched to Dallas work closely with state and local authorities and hospital staff to review infection control procedures and the use of personal protective equipment.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the head of the CDC, said there was a “breach in protocol” that ultimately resulted in the diagnosis of the virus in a second patient. That patient is a female nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who had come into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first known Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the U.S., who died last Wednesday.

Mr. Obama directed that the lessons from the inquiry are shared “quickly and broadly” and that federal authorities take “immediate additional steps” to ensure hospital and health care providers across the country are prepared to follow protocols if they encounter an Ebola patient and requested that Ms. Burwell continue to update him on the response.

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