#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 16 – CDC Ebola standards weaker than Africa’s, says aid group U.S. standards for protecting healthcare workers from Ebola are weaker than those widely used in West Africa, according to the leader of a group treating victims of the virus in Liberia.
Aid group leader: Africa’s Ebola standards higher than CDC’s
“We’re not comfortable with CDC’s procedures,” Ken Isaacs, the vice president of Samaritan’s Purse, told The Hill.
When Samaritan’s Purse health workers treat patients in Liberia, they wear two pairs of gloves and spray themselves with disinfectant twice before leaving the isolation ward. They have a three-foot “no touch” policy and hold safety meetings every day.
In U.S. hospitals — such as Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, which has had three cases of Ebola — workers don’t have to hose down their gear and are told it’s OK for gloves to expose their wrists.
“If you slip, and you touch your skin on the wrist, you’re going to get Ebola,” said Isaacs, who has worked on-the-ground disaster relief in countries like Haiti, the Philippines and Bosnia.
“Can we trust CDC? They said they were going to stop it in its tracks, but I don’t know.”
By Sarah Ferris @ The Hill