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Health workers need more training to handle Ebola outbreak

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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 13:  A hazmat worker prepares to enter an apartment  where a second person diagnosed with the Ebola virus resides on October 13, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Officials say a health care worker who cared for Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for the virus.  (Photo by Mike Stone/Getty Images)
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 13: A hazmat worker prepares to enter an apartment where a second person diagnosed with the Ebola virus resides on October 13, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Officials say a health care worker who cared for Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for the virus. (Photo by Mike Stone/Getty Images)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a “breach in protocol” led to the infection of the Dallas health worker. But a recent survey conducted by National Nurses United found that 85 percent of health workers have not been provided with educational training sessions in their hospitals.

There’s been much concern among hospital workers after a Dallas nurse who had contact with Eric Duncan tested positive for Ebola. Death rate in the outbreak has now risen to 70 percent, according to the World Health Organization

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a “breach in protocol” led to the infection of the worker. But a recent survey conducted by National Nurses United found that 85 percent of health workers have not been provided with educational training sessions in their hospitals. 

Dan Diekema, president of the society for healthcare epidemiology of America, joins Take Two to talk more about this.  

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