The CDC dispatched a team of experts to the Texas hospital to make sure health and safety protocols were established and being followed. However, CDC officials lamented that they did not send health officials to the hospital sooner.

“I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the patient, the first patient, was diagnosed,” Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the CDC, said at a news conference Tuesday.

“That might have prevented this infection,” he continued. “But we will do that from today onward with any case, anywhere in the U.S.”


There are 76 health care workers who came into contact with Duncan from the day he was admitted to the hospital Sept. 28. They are all being heavily screened by federal health officials.

Read more at the New York Times.