CDC Releases Revised Ebola Safety Gear Guidelines

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ATLANTA (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Health officials released new guidelines Monday for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the long-anticipated updates Monday evening, saying they wanted to “ensure there is no ambiguity.” Health workers have been pushing for new standards since Dallas hospital nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson were diagnosed with the disease this month after treating the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S.

The guidelines call for face shields, hoods, boot covers and other garb that leave no part of the body exposed. They also call for a trained monitor to supervise the donning and doffing of protective wear. And they call for repeated training and practice.

CDC officials said the new guidelines were based on ones currently in place at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the National…

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