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CDC director says hospitals ‘must’ comply with CDC’s Ebola guidelines

http://twitter.com/#!/dont_audit_me/status/517689663520534530

After his disastrous CNN interview yesterday, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, posted a confusing tweet in which he asserted that the U.S. shouldn’t isolate countries where Ebola is running rampant. Was he trying to say that the U.S. shouldn’t restrict flights from West Africa? Who knows.

Earlier today, he was at it again:

.@CNN Evaluation of feverish illness in recent traveler must include thorough travel & exposure history. CDC info: http://t.co/jgcpqZYF4T

— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrFriedenCDC) October 2, 2014

That was in response to a CNN report that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas didn’t ask Thomas Eric Duncan about his exposure to Ebola:

The hospital didn't ask the U.S. #Ebola patient about his travels, a source says http://t.co/r500nE4c1P #EbolaQandA pic.twitter.com/oUOeIYdNgc

— CNN (@CNN) October 1, 2014

We’re not sure, but we think Frieden was trying to say that the hospital did not comply with CDC guidelines.

If so, why not just say that?  Here. Let us help:

The hospital did not comply with CDC guidelines.

That is an accurate statement — one that is materially different from what Frieden wrote.

Here he is, tweeting the same thing again — this time in response to USA Today reporter Liz Szabo:

.@LizSzabo Evaluation of feverish illness in recent traveler must include thorough travel/exposure history. CDC info: http://t.co/jgcpqZYF4T

— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrFriedenCDC) October 2, 2014

We get it. Hospitals “must” ask about Ebola exposure. Problem is, the hospital in Dallas apparently didn’t do so, and there is no reason to assume that other hospitals will do so notwithstanding the CDC’s super-awesome guidelines. Sorry, Dr. Frieden, but repeating the mantra over and over again doesn’t change that fact.

Is anyone at CDC going to do anything to make sure that the agency’s guidelines are followed? Will the Dallas hospital be punished? Or is Frieden going to just keep insisting, like the Egyptian Pharoah Rameses, “So let it be written. So let it be done”?

In the midst of a worldwide public health emergency, we don’t think it’s too much to expect the director of the CDC — the most important public health official in the country — to communicate in a clear, straightforward manner with the American people.

Related:

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Sharyl Attkisson questions CDC about Ebola bioterrorism safeguards

http://twitter.com/#!/MARS0411/status/525858281135550464

With so much focus on halting the spread of Ebola in the U.S., investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has questions for the CDC about what’s being done to guard against somebody easily obtaining the virus and spreading it intentionally:

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Sometimes a non-answer is an answer.

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The Obama administration hasn’t exactly been ahead of the curve on Ebola, so we wouldn’t be surprised if these questions haven’t yet been asked.

Attkisson had other questions for the CDC about certain Ebola safeguards:

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Sharyl Attkisson: Experts say Ebola may be transmittable by air

The Obama admin, CDC won’t like this Ebola truth-snark from Sharyl Attkisson, but you will!

‘Competence!’ Here’s a sneak peek at the ‘new CDC Ebola protocols’ [photo]

http://twitter.com/#!/BigRMV/status/522461747723378688

So, it’s official: When it comes to dealing with Ebola, the CDC really doesn’t seem to have a clue.

CDC now says maybe we need to re-examine Ebola protocols. But don’t worry, it’s all under control.

— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonDC) October 14, 2014

because of lack of strict quarantine protocols, CDC now has to ask 132 passengers on 10/13 Frontier flight 1143 to call 1800-CDC-INFO

— Prudence Paine (@PruPaine) October 15, 2014

as @deltasmelt points out, the plane wasn't even decontaminated after. The CDC's monitoring/alerting protocols seem to have been breached.

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) October 15, 2014

My wife, the ER nurse, this morning: “These CDC protocols are obviously not working.”

— RB (@RBPundit) October 15, 2014

#CDC (Obama admin) protocols for #Ebola are weaker than WHO; don't include hand-washing at each stage of protective gear removal.

— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) October 15, 2014

"Those responsible for the sacking of the proper protocols have been sacked." – The CDC, Pining for the Fjords

— Chris Barnhart (@ChrisBarnhart) October 15, 2014

This explains a lot:

BREAKING: New CDC Ebola protocols released. They… may need some work. (Art by @CalebHowe) pic.twitter.com/JkNAb5UCQY

— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) October 15, 2014

Now that looks like “Inherent Resolve”!

Competence! RT @LeonHWolf BREAKING: New CDC Ebola protocols released. They… may need some work. pic.twitter.com/TpRa2KCiwZ

— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) October 15, 2014

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That awkward moment when CDC claims Ebola ‘protocol breach’ or something. Then ‘forgets’ to mention it HERE

‘Idiocracy is upon us’: CDC director does a 180 on Ebola ‘protocol breach’ blame

Here’s a flabbergasted Rob Lowe summing up CDC Ebola presser with two words

Piers Morgan on the CDC saying it needs to ‘rethink’ Ebola: ‘No s*** Sherlock’

Nine Ebola tweets that the CDC probably wishes it could take back

‘I want to trust CDC, but … ’: Second health care worker with Ebola flew commercially before diagnosis

‘Ya think?!’ CDC director says second nurse who contracted Ebola shouldn’t have flown

Don’t look now NIH director, but these things ‘took money from Ebola research’

http://twitter.com/#!/AG_Conservative/status/521486366392459264

Seriously. As Twitchy reported, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, outrageously claimed that an Ebola vaccine would probably have been developed by now if not for budget cuts.

First, a reminder about budget “cuts.”

Reminder: "cuts" in Washington DC budgets not like cuts when you lose your job in flyover country.

— Brad Cundiff (@bradcundiff) October 13, 2014

Bingo.

Conservatives had swiftly schooled the fool on Sunday night and it continued Monday morning. Now with more hashtag! Don’t look now, Dr. Collins, but here are some things that took money from Ebola research:

Obama’s vacations. #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

— RB (@RBPundit) October 13, 2014

IRS Star Trek Convention Video #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

— Brad Cundiff (@bradcundiff) October 13, 2014

Obamas 200 rounds of golf #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

— Terri (@CantBelieve10) October 13, 2014

Priority shipping to return bust of Churchill #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

— Mix It Up (@AMFMPMTOO) October 13, 2014

"Cash for Clunkers" boondoggle #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

— GregEsq (@GregEsq) October 13, 2014

The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts under Hillary. #tookmoneyfromebolaresearch

— CitizenEgg (@CitizenEgg) October 13, 2014

.@BarackObama's security detail at Gweneth Paltrow's mansion. #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

— Keep Calm and Carry (@johnnyfriegas) October 13, 2014

White House Vegetable Garden #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

— Mix It Up (@AMFMPMTOO) October 13, 2014

$2 Billion #Obamacare Website #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

— Peej (@peej1st) October 13, 2014

#TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch Michelle Obama's horrible lunch's that end up in school dumpsters

— Beanfrompa (@BeanfromPa) October 13, 2014

Drink Up, Michelle Obama's campaign to convince you to drink water. #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

— DishGirl (@R_U_Srs) October 13, 2014

ObamaCare Website fixes. #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

— RB (@RBPundit) October 13, 2014

Solyndra. #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

— RB (@RBPundit) October 13, 2014

#Barrycades #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

— Brad Cundiff (@bradcundiff) October 13, 2014

Posting park rangers at the WWII memorial to prevent rogue veterans from getting in. #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

— MaxR.S (@Randy_Shannon) October 13, 2014

O-Bam!

What caused such a ludicrous claim? Here’s a theory:

Dems running with "republicans caused Ebola" meme guarantees their internal Senate polls show doom in November. #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

— Anthony Abides (@AnthonyAbides) October 13, 2014

Ding, ding, ding!

Update:

2 verified accounts helped to turn #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch into a Trending Topic. These accounts were: @michellemalkin & @TwitchyTeam

— Trendinalia USA (@trendinaliaUS) October 13, 2014

Boom. Keep giving the idiots the business, Conservatives!

Related:

Sunday-night bombshell: NIH director claims budget cuts have prevented an Ebola vaccine; Conservatives spotlight budget waste

Yeesh! The CDC is a strong contender for ‘Most Badly-Timed Tweet of 2014′

@CDCgov So you guys are on this, right? #Ebola

— John Butler (@atJohnButler) September 30, 2014

Well … that depends. They have some more pressing stuff to deal with first:

Take a break from your busy day & let us know how we’re doing. Complete our survey: http://t.co/3MDk4gmBdF .

— CDC (@CDCgov) September 30, 2014

Oof. Today is not the best day for that, CDC.

@TwitchyTeam And the winner of the Most Badly-Timed Tweet of 2014 is … https://t.co/CUrSuwTDoO

— Alo Konsen (@OhioCoastie) September 30, 2014

If it’s not the winner, it definitely ranks right up there.

Ebola is here. You suck. Don't need a freakin survey. @CDCgov

— Nan Habig (@Raebie) September 30, 2014

.@CDCgov I don't see the "We fucked up on Ebola: Agree/Disagree/Unsure" check box on your survey. Did I miss it? #EbolaInAmerica

— Alo Konsen (@OhioCoastie) September 30, 2014

Ouch.

@CDCgov You typify the federal bureaucracy.

— ryuge (@0ryuge) September 30, 2014

That’s encouraging.

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Here’s a flabbergasted Rob Lowe summing up CDC Ebola presser with 2 words

http://twitter.com/#!/andylancaster/status/521699421688307712

Heh. As Twitchy reported, “idiocracy was upon us” when the CDC director did a 180 yesterday on Ebola “protocol breach” blame.

Actor Rob Lowe was not impressed and summed it all up:

Wow, this CDC press conference on Ebola is a train wreck. This guy is totally adrift.

— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) October 13, 2014

Yep.

@RobLowe He doesn't exactly inspire confidence, does he?

— Athena (@AthenaTweets) October 13, 2014

@RobLowe: Wow, this CDC press conference on Ebola is a train wreck. This guy is totally adrift.” #BlameNurse #WarOnWomen

— kit (@kits54) October 13, 2014

@RobLowe Repeatedly saying over the last few weeks that we would stop ebola in its tracks surprisingly didn't stop it in its tracks.

— Jessica Heddings (@JessicaHeddings) October 13, 2014

@RobLowe I get the feeling that the so called "experts" have no idea what they're doing.

— Jason (@DrSlappyShorts) October 13, 2014

But … but … Top Men!

And an exit wish:

@RobLowe I wish someone was qualified to answer that phone call at 3am.

— Wayne Lauton (@1SG_WayneLauton) October 13, 2014

It’s not funny, because it’s true.

Related:

‘Idiocracy is upon us’: CDC director does a 180 on Ebola ‘protocol breach’ blame

That awkward moment when CDC claims Ebola ‘protocol breach’ or something. Then ‘forgets’ to mention it HERE

Quarantined ‘hero’ Ebola aid worker planning to sue over her confinement

The latest news on Kaci Hickox, the nurse currently quarantined in New Jersey under new guidelines for those traveling to the United States after treating Ebola victims in Africa, will file a lawsuit challenging the legality of her confinement:

And as you might expect, there are strong opinions on both sides of the debate regarding this move:

And earlier on today, Ms. Hicox sent out pics of her “prison-like” accommodations as a guest of the state of New Jersey:

We must admit, New Jersey can have her in nicer digs than this, no?

But even before he lawyers can get a lawsuit filed, the White House is making noise that they are none too happy with the way Governors Cuomo and Christie acted on this quarantine without discussing it with the president or the CDC first:

And then there’s this news:

Uh-oh Governor Christie. Who knows what these two are getting ready to blame on you.

Related:

Full Twitchy coverage of Ebola here.

 

 

‘Self-monitoring’ snafus: Is THIS the most enraging part of latest Ebola case?

Oh well. “Self-monitoring.” Case closed!

TX health official: 2nd case was NOT part of the original 48 we were monitoring – working on new pool of those we'll be monitoring

— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) October 12, 2014

As Twitchy readers know, a health care worker in Dallas, Texas, has tested positive in preliminary tests for Ebola.

CNN: health worker who tested positive for #Ebola cared for Duncan during his 2nd visit to hospital, was wearing protective gear

— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) October 12, 2014

The CDC can’t get its story straight: Breach in protocol or not? But, shhh! Don’t ask any questions, guys, says a HuffPo journo.

Regardless, the “self-monitoring” aspect is a disturbing issue.

TX health official: H/C workers caring for Duncan were classified as "minimal risk" – so they were doing self-monitoring

— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) October 12, 2014

Minimal. Risk.

@ShannonBream #DrFrauci no worries b/c the HealthCareWorker was 'Self Monitoring'…WTHeck U mean she didn't feel good & took her temp!

— Colleen Colandene (@MaryChrisMommy) October 12, 2014

.@CDCgov director Tom Frieden: Patient was self-monitoring for fever. "Level of virus she had was low" upon initial testing.

— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) October 12, 2014

Oh, just a low level of blood vomiting and stuff.

Contacts with 1st #Ebola patient will be more aggressively monitored now. Many of them had been "self-monitored." http://t.co/JMV0AgsaOa

— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) October 12, 2014

Now. Too little, too late?

… RT @sqwerin: @RBPundit Hospital employees who interacted w/ Duncan have been "self monitoring", but continuing work. @vplus

— RB (@RBPundit) October 12, 2014

Infected healthcare worker was "self monitoring." No word on who this person had been in contact with.

— Joangel Concepcion (@JOANGELFOX4) October 12, 2014

Seriously?

Holy crap! This dallad healthcare worker with ebola was working until two days ago. Was only "self monitoring." We are so doomed.

— LibertyGirl NH (@libertygirlNH) October 12, 2014

It looks like the self-monitoring worked in this case. But 90 minutes from temp spike to isolation is still 90 minutes.

— RB (@RBPundit) October 12, 2014

And it was likely more than 90 minutes total, really. How long had she a fever before she took her own temperature?

Dr. Varga: this health care worker had been under the self-monitoring regimen from the CDC. (Temps taken 2x daily.)

— Jenny Anchondo (@JennyAFox4) October 12, 2014

The CDC wasn’t directly monitoring those exposed or suspected to be exposed BECAUSE DALLAS COUNTY OFFICIALS WERE. Holy crap, people.

— Heather (@hboulware) October 12, 2014

This is unreal.

Thank God this nurse was self monitoring, because neither the CDC or the hospital thought it important enough to monitor. #ebola

— Melissia (@ProudoftheUSA) October 12, 2014

Dangerous incompetence? Nailed it.

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That awkward moment when CDC claims Ebola ‘protocol breach’ or something. Then ‘forgets’ to mention it HERE

This Huffpo journo forgot he has ONE JOB: Guys, don’t ask questions about new Ebola case (What journalism!)

Guess what John McCain wants Obama to do about Ebola (Hint: WTF?)

National Journal reporter Ron Fournier: Time for CDC to reconsider Ebola protocols — and talking points

If you still think Ebola isn’t highly contagious, Joe Scarborough has a reminder for you

Breaking: Texas health care worker who treated ‘patient zero’ tests positive for Ebola; Update: President Obama has been briefed; Update: Patient went into isolation within 90 minutes of feeling symptoms; Update: ‘Patient was wearing protective gear’: Update: Patient noticed fever on Friday?

The Obama admin, CDC won’t like this Ebola truth-snark from Sharyl Attkisson, but you will!

‘Trying to CAUSE epidemic?’ This food delivery to Ebola family is truly unbelievable [photos]

News chopper caught Ebola clean-up crew; Um. Notice anything missing? (It’s enraging) [photo]

Twitchy coverage of Ebola

 

Curious! CDC claims Ebola ‘protocol breach’; ‘Forgets’ to mention it HERE

Or was there?

Hey guys, it's Steve here in Dallas. News says the 2nd Ebola patient in Dallas was a nurse who followed all CDC protocol, so..what happened?

— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) October 12, 2014

Conflicting reports this morning about protocol after the news that a health care worker has reportedly tested positive for Ebola.

During a press conference, the CDC again blathered about a “protocol breach.” Or something. Shaddup, guys.

WHY WONT THE CDC WEASEL TELL US WHAT THE "BREACH OF PROTOCOL" IS THAT CAUSED THE HEALTHCARE WORKER TO GET EBOLA @SharylAttkisson @gretawire

— GLENN (@GCGATOR24) October 12, 2014

"At some point there was a breach in protocol" –CDC director Tom Frieden on how health care worker was infected

— Alexandra Sifferlin (@acsifferlin) October 12, 2014

CDC's Tom Frieden: "We don't know what happened in the care of the index patient, but there was a breach in the protocol"

— zerohedge (@zerohedge) October 12, 2014

CDC states they don't know how the 2nd Ebola infection occurred. Then says it must be a breach in protocol?

— Melissia (@ProudoftheUSA) October 12, 2014

Hmm. If a breach in its oh-so-wonderful protocol occurred, shouldn’t that have been mentioned in the press release?

Here’s the press release in full:

Texas Reports Positive Test for Ebola in a Health Care Worker

CDC doing confirmation testing today
A healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the index patient has tested positive for Ebola according to preliminary tests by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ laboratory. The patient was isolated after the initial report of a fever and remains so now. Confirmation testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s laboratory is being done today.

On Friday October 10, a healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the index patient reported a low grade fever and was referred for testing. The health care worker had been self-monitoring for fever and symptoms.

The hospital and patient were notified of the preliminary positive result. In addition, CDC has interviewed the patient to identify any contacts or potential exposures in the community.

This is understandably disturbing news for the patient, the patient’s family and colleagues and the greater Dallas community. The CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services remain confident that wider spread in the community can be prevented with proper public health measures including ongoing contact tracing, health monitoring among those known to have been in contact with the index patient and immediate isolations if symptoms develop.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or exposure to objects such as needles that have been contaminated. The illness has an average 8-10 day incubation period (although it could be from 2 to 21 days) so CDC recommends monitoring exposed people for symptoms a complete 21 days. People are not contagious during the incubation period, meaning before symptoms such as fever develop.

CDC tests results will be shared when confirmatory tests are done, following appropriate patient notification.

Wait, what? Where’s the mention of the “protocol breach”? Funny that.

CDC Chief says "breach in protocol" with Dallas health care worker getting Ebola… But he doesn't know what breach was.. Your thoughts?

— Robin Marsh KWTV-9 (@robinmarsh9) October 12, 2014

Here’s a thought: The CDC and the Obama administration are incompetent.

Shorter CDC on #Ebola: We don't know what the protocol breach was, but there must've been one, because the protocol *always* works. Uh-huh.

— Patrick H. (@trogdor8768) October 12, 2014

Bingo.

Related:

This Huffpo journo forgot he has ONE JOB: Guys, don’t ask questions about new Ebola case (What journalism!)

Guess what John McCain wants Obama to do about Ebola (Hint: WTF?)

National Journal reporter Ron Fournier: Time for CDC to reconsider Ebola protocols — and talking points

If you still think Ebola isn’t highly contagious, Joe Scarborough has a reminder for you

Breaking: Texas health care worker who treated ‘patient zero’ tests positive for Ebola; Update: President Obama has been briefed; Update: Patient went into isolation within 90 minutes of feeling symptoms; Update: ‘Patient was wearing protective gear’: Update: Patient noticed fever on Friday?

The Obama admin, CDC won’t like this Ebola truth-snark from Sharyl Attkisson, but you will!

‘Trying to CAUSE epidemic?’ This food delivery to Ebola family is truly unbelievable [photos]

News chopper caught Ebola clean-up crew; Um. Notice anything missing? (It’s enraging) [photo]

Twitchy coverage of Ebola

‘Idiocracy’: CDC director does a 180 on Ebola ‘protocol breach’ blame

1st @DrFriedenCDC blames nurse/hospital 4 "breach of protocol." http://t.co/fonDwTHoSP | NOW poses as their champ https://t.co/7Zr42IvcZI

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 13, 2014

After it was learned that a nurse who had been caring for Ebola patient Thomas Duncan had also come down with the virus, the CDC immediately blamed it on a “protocol breach,” implying that the nurse and/or hospital must have used or removed her protective gear improperly, accidentally exposing her to the virus.

Yesterday: Breach of protocol in Dallas to blame:

CDC: Protocol breach in treating Ebola patient http://t.co/mkuvNaQ3kZ

— Robert Kempster (@debtfreeguy) October 12, 2014

#Ebola infections in health workers occur when there is a breach in protocol. CDC will be investigating how this may have occurred.

— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrFriedenCDC) October 12, 2014

Today:

Health workers are on the frontlines of the #Ebola fight. We all take responsibility for their preparedness & safety.

— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrFriedenCDC) October 13, 2014

The enemy is a virus and there is no blame to place on anyone on the frontlines of the #Ebola fight.

— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrFriedenCDC) October 13, 2014

What tomorrow will bring is anybody’s guess.

@michellemalkin @DrFriedenCDC Idiocracy is upon us

— Greg (@FoolishReporter) October 13, 2014

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Related:

That awkward moment when CDC claims Ebola ‘protocol breach’ or something. Then ‘forgets’ to mention it HERE