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Hospital Offers Full-Page Apology Ad Over Ebola

As worker who went on cruise is cleared
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2014 6:58 AM CDT
Hospital Offers Full-Page Ad Apology Over Ebola
In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, a sign points to the emergency room entrance at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.   (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

(Newser) – Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital hasn't exactly had a lot of good publicity lately: After the hospital first turned away Thomas Eric Duncan, he later died of Ebola; two of his nurses came down with the virus—one of whom took two flights just before she was diagnosed—as nurses decried hospital practices; and another worker who may have handled his samples hopped on a cruise ship. Today, the hospital took out a full-page ad in two Texas newspapers with an open letter from Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan. "As an institution, we made mistakes in handling this very difficult challenge," he wrote, and changes will be made.

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Meanwhile, the aforementioned cruise ship passenger has been cleared by health officials; she never did experience any symptoms, and her lab tests came back clear, CNN reports. The Carnival Magic returned to port in Galveston, Texas, this morning, the AP reports, and CNN says the worker and her traveling companion were allowed to disembark. Last night, President Obama, Joe Biden, and a number of health and security officials met at the White House to discuss Dallas and the tracing of anyone who may have had contact with any Ebola patient, along with efforts to "ensure that Dallas has all of the appropriate and necessary resources to diagnose any additional cases safely and effectively," the administration says in a statement. (Read more Ebola stories.)

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