CDC officials on the hot seat over congressional questions about Ebola

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WASHINGTON, DC – Honchos from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were on the hot seat as members of a House committee had lots of questions about their role in this country’s Ebola crisis.

The folks at CDC are supposed to be the ones to tell healthcare professionals and the general public how not to catch deadly viruses like Ebola, but director Tom Frieden pretty much said that’s not the case.

“And we're open to ideas for what we can do to keep Americans as safe as possible as long as the outbreak is continuing.”

A lot of people, also, want to know who said it was okay for infected nurse Amber Vinson to fly from Cleveland to Dallas this week. She’s the second Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurse to get Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan.

Frieden’s comments to the committee didn’t seem to answer the question. “My understanding is that she did contact the CDC, and we discussed with her her reported symptoms as well as other evaluations . . . My understanding is that she reported no symptoms to us.”

Vinson is now in Atlanta at Emory University Hospital, which successfully treated two other patients, and is treating male healthcare worker infected in Sierra Leone.

And Nina Pham, the first nurse to get Ebola from Duncan, is leaving Texas Health Presbyterian for a National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland.

With no Ebola patients under their roof, hospital administrators finally admitted they made some deadly mistakes with Duncan.

Dr. Daniel Varga is the Chief Clinical Officer and Senior Vice President at Texas Health Resources. “Unfortunately, in our initial treatment of Mr. Duncan, despite our best intentions, in a highly skilled medical team, we made mistakes. We did not.”

In Akron, Ohio, school officials closed two schools because Amber Vinson had contact with the parent of a student at one of the schools.

In Belton, Texas, just north of Austin, school administrators posted a tweet about the closing of three schools because some students were on the same flight as Vinson.

And now, doctors at University Medical Center in Lubbock say a man who was in West Africa last week will not be tested for Ebola.

The man went to the hospital with nausea and diarrhea. A hospital spokesman says the man will be released and monitored.