Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell expressed support Wednesday for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its director amid news that a second Texas health care worker has contracted Ebola from a patient who died from the virus.
“I do have confidence in the CDC and Dr. (Tom) Frieden,” Burwell said on TODAY Wednesday as officials began treating the second health care worker, who was among the people taking care of Thomas Eric Duncan after he was diagnosed with Ebola.
Burwell addressed those and other concerns on TODAY:
- Asked whether the two Dallas patients should be moved to hospitals equipped with special isolation units: “We will keep all options and considerations right now.”
- Amid claims that protocols were not in place in Dallas, Burwell emphasized that the CDC has sent to Texas officials from the Atlanta hospital who have successfully treated other Ebola patients. “What we have put in place are what we believe are oversight and assistance in the protocols we know can work."