Day 8: Hospital, Health Dept Criticized Over Handling of Ebola Case

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DALLAS–After 3 days of experimental treatments, Ebola patient Thomas Duncan is critical, but stable condition.

He’s also on a ventilator and receiving kidney dialysis, but at least his liver is working better.

Lots of people are still asking why Presby sent Duncan home the first time he showed up in the E.R.

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price has a theory about the conduct at the hospital.

“We’ve got to really say what the elephant in the room is with regards to what happened at Presbyterian,” Price said. “It’s historically what has happened in this community. If a person who looks like me shows up without insurance, they don’t get the same treatment.”

So far, Presby hasn’t responded to that, but Dallas County Health Director Zach Thompson is responding to all those reports critical of how his department has handled the case.

“There was no misstep by Dallas County Health and Human Services staff and I will defend that,” Thompson said

So , while Thompson defends his people, we all can’t stop thinking about 48 people who came in contact with Duncan. So far none of them have any symptoms of Ebola.

That would be good news to parents at Armstrong Elementary in Highland Park. They are pretty upset and worried, because County Judge Clay Jenkins has spent a lot of time with the Ebola patient’s family, and Jenkins’ daughter goes to that school.

“We don’t know what he was involved with or how much if he was around body fluids, if he wasn’t around it,” parent Robin Nowak said. “A lot of moms are very concerned today.”

The school put out a note saying their students aren’t at risk.

The head of the CDC wants to keep the focus on the real threat.

“The enemy is Ebola,” Dr. Tom Frieden said. “Not people, not countries, not communities. A virus.”

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