CDC director says hospitals ‘must’ comply with CDC’s Ebola guidelines

http://twitter.com/#!/dont_audit_me/status/517689663520534530

After his disastrous CNN interview yesterday, Dr. , director of the , posted a confusing tweet in which he asserted that the U.S. shouldn’t isolate countries where  is running rampant. Was he trying to say that the U.S. shouldn&;t restrict flights from West Africa? Who knows.

Earlier today, he was at it again:

.@CNN Evaluation of feverish illness in recent traveler must include thorough travel & exposure history. : http://t.co/jgcpqZYF4T

— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrFriedenCDC) October 2, 2014

That was in response to a CNN report that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas didn&8217;t ask Thomas Eric Duncan about his exposure to Ebola:

The hospital didn&;t ask the U.S. Ebola patient about his travels, a source says http://t.co/r500nE4c1P EbolaQandA pic.twitter.com/oUOeIYdNgc

— CNN (@CNN) October 1, 2014

We&8217;re not sure, but we think Frieden was trying to say that the hospital did not comply with .

If so, why not just say that?  Here. Let us help:

The hospital did not comply with CDC guidelines.

That is an accurate statement — one that is materially different from what Frieden wrote.

Here he is, tweeting the same thing again — this time in response to USA Today reporter Liz Szabo:

.@LizSzabo Evaluation of feverish illness in recent traveler must include thorough travel/exposure history. CDC info: http://t.co/jgcpqZYF4T

— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrFriedenCDC) October 2, 2014

We get it. Hospitals &;must&; ask about Ebola exposure. Problem is, the hospital in Dallas apparently didn&8217;t do so, and there is no reason to assume that other hospitals will do so notwithstanding the CDC&8217;s super-awesome guidelines. Sorry, Dr. Frieden, but repeating the mantra over and over again doesn&8217;t change that fact.

Is anyone at CDC going to do anything to make sure that the agency&8217;s guidelines are followed? Will the Dallas hospital be punished? Or is Frieden going to just keep insisting, like the Egyptian Pharoah Rameses, &8220;So let it be written. So let it be done&8221;?

In the midst of a worldwide public health emergency, we don&8217;t think it&8217;s too much to expect the director of the CDC — the most important public health official in the country — to communicate in a clear, straightforward manner with the American people.

Related:

CDC director Thomas Frieden: ‘The impulse to isolate countries may make Ebola epidemic worse’

‘If there is no risk to other passengers…’: Reporter has Ebola question for CDC director

Bombshell: Watch CDC director deny then admit that Ebola can be spread by casual contact 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/02/cdc-director-says-hospitals-must-comply-with-cdcs-ebola-guidelines/

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