- The Washington Times - Friday, October 17, 2014

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said that his team’s response to Ebola cases in the city has not been perfect, but that officials are taking actions now to help stem any further spreading of the disease.

“I’ve tried not to throw anybody under the bus through this process — we as a team have not done as well as we need to do,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I’m very upset about it — we’ve lost one patient, [we’ve] got two other ones that came through Dallas. We’re focused on the next couple, three days.”

“I will say that America expects perfection, and we have not been performing at that level,” he continued. “If you get a B on the test, that’s not acceptable, and you’ve got to improve it. There’s a whole question of preparedness in every hospital — we never expected this in the county and city of Dallas.”

Mr. Rawlings’ comments come a day after health officials were grilled on Capitol Hill about the response to Ebola in the United States, and amid news that another Dallas health care worker who might have handled specimens from Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., was self-quarantined on a cruise ship.

The two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who tested positive for Ebola have been moved out of the state for treatment. Nina Pham was moved to a facility at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland Thursday and Amber Vinson was moved to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Dallas officials are asking people who had contact with Duncan to limit their own movements.

“Questions about should we have no-fly zones, no-travel zones — we’ve put those in yesterday that they can’t go to church, they can’t go to schools, they can’t go to shopping centers,” Mr. Rawlings said. “Those are the things that we’ve taken action now that, you know, maybe we should have taken early on. But everybody is, in a way, learning about this, and hopefully they [might] learn from Dallas.”


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