Healthcare experts are criticizing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden for blaming a Dallas nurse's Ebola infection on a "protocol breach," saying that she is being scapegoated for a larger problem.
"You don't scapegoat and blame when you have a disease outbreak," Bonnie Castillo of National Nurses United told Reuters on Sunday. "We have a system failure. That is what we have to correct."
According to the CDC and Texas officials, the female nurse was wearing the recommended gear, including a gown, gloves, mask, and eye shield needed when handling a Ebola patient when she was caring for Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, reports Fox News.
But such gear may only offer a minimum amount of protection when Ebola reaches its final stages, Sean Kaufman, president of an Atlanta-based hospital staff training company, told Reuters.