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Outbreak highlights safety flaws

10 Oct, 2014

Scientific American says that the outbreak highlights problems with procedures, equipment and training worldwide. It notes a Guardian report that the doctor who attended Spanish nurse Teresa Romero Ramos complained his hazmat suit’s sleeves were too short, while Romero herself told Spanish media she may have contracted the virus by accidentally touching her face with a gloved hand as she removed her protective gear. It says the cleanup team at Thomas Eric Duncan’s apartment wore full-face respirators and Level B Saranac suits. Cleaning Guys vice president Brad Smith:

We followed the recommendations of the [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] but went one level above that as far as personal protective equipment