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Texas Ebola Cases Prompt CDC to Adopt Stricter Guidelines

Center for Disease Control (CDC) head Dr. Thomas Frieden speaks duing a briefing on the Dallas Ebola response at the CDC Headquarters on October 13, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Frieden urged hospitals to watch for patients with Ebola symptoms who have traveled from the tree Ebola stricken African countries.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) head Dr. Thomas Frieden speaks duing a briefing on the Dallas Ebola response at the CDC Headquarters on October 13, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Frieden urged hospitals to watch for patients with Ebola symptoms who have traveled from the tree Ebola stricken African countries.

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The spread of Ebola in a Texas hospital is exposing inadequate protection measures for nurses and doctors, spurring U.S. officials to adopt more stringent guidelines. The new advice still falls short of what the aid group with the most Ebola experience advises.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday disclosed measures designed to better protect health workers that more closely resemble protocol used by Doctors Without Borders on the frontlines of the outbreak in West Africa. Workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas must now wear hoods that cover their necks and wash their hands in a specific sequence when they remove protective gear, the CDC said in a statement.