- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas nurse helping to treat a co-worker who contracted Ebola has criticized the hospital as not prepared to deal with the disease.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurse Briana Aguirre (bree-AH’-nuh uh-GEER’-ee) appeared Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show. She’s among the hospital employees self-monitoring for Ebola for 21 days.

Thomas Eric Duncan died Oct. 8 from Ebola. Aguirre helped care for Nina Pham, one of two nurses who remain hospitalized after contracting Ebola while caring for Duncan.

Aguirre says at one point the only protective gear she was provided allowed her neck to be exposed. Aguirre also says she’d refuse to be treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital if she contracts Ebola.

The hospital earlier Thursday released a statement defending its protocols. Hospital officials didn’t immediately comment about Aguirre’s remarks.

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