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Following the announcement of a second American Ebola case Sunday morning, NBC’s Mark Potter said a Dallas medical center was increasing precautionary measures taken by health care officials. In a report on NBC’s "Meet the Press," Potter told Chuck Todd that the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has halted emergency operations in order to focus their attention on the unidentified Ebola patient.
“They’re going to be stepping up the monitoring, trying to reign this in, keep this under control,” Potter said. “They’re making the point that this is not a big spread of the disease, but what is disconcerting … is that this is a person considered someone who was low-risk — someone who was wearing protective clothing.”
The contact between the healthcare worker and Thomas Eric Duncan occurred on Duncan’s second visit to the hospital, hospital officials said. Dr. Daniel Varga of Texas Health Resources said at a press conference that despite following full Centers for Disease Control and Prevention precautions, the worker still contracted the disease.
Following Potter’s report, NBC’s Tom Brokaw expressed concern that Ebola was an indicator of larger global issues.
“It’s a new war in the global world in which we live,” said Brokaw. “We’re going to see more Ebola-like things as people travel more.” Brokaw also considered if closing the border to certain countries might be the right decision. “There are some who are wondering, by the way, whether we should shut down all flights from that part of Africa into this country,” Brokaw said. “It’s a tough political decision to make, but should we have flights coming in from Liberia and Monrovia and the western part of Africa, into America, through whatever routes they come? That will be part of the debate before too long.”
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— Dale Armbruster