President Obama has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a rapid response Ebola ‘SWAT’ team to oversee the treatment of any new Ebola cases in America.
“As soon as someone is diagnosed with Ebola, we want a rapid response team, a SWAT team, essentially, from the CDC to be on the ground as quickly as possible, hopefully within 24 hours, so they are taking the local hospital step by step through exactly what needs to be done,” the President said at the White House on the same day it was announced a second health worker in the U.S. has been infected with the deadly virus.
The first two cases of people contracting Ebola in America have both been nurses who were treating Liberian national Thomas Duncan who died at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
According to a report by Forbes, the two staff were not given sufficient protection against catching the virus and that when Duncan was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 28, the staff were not told until two days later to wear protective clothing while treating him.
When tests came back confirming that Duncan had the virus he had already been contagious for nearly a week.
Globally, Forbes says more than 230 medical staff have died from the disease, mostly in west Africa.
The U.N. says the epidemic is out of control.