Post-Election News Dump: U.S. CDC Boosts National Stockpile of Ebola Protective Gear

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The CDC has ordered $2.7 million in personal protective equipment that is being configured into 50 kits for rapid deployment to hospitals, it said in a statement.

“We are making certain to not disrupt the orders submitted by states and hospitals, but we are building our stocks so that we can assist when needed.”

— Greg Burel, director of CDC’s Division of Strategic National Stockpile

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Some U.S. orders of protective equipment have been backlogged amid growing domestic demand, as manufacturers prioritize a flood of requests from aid agencies trying to curb the outbreak in West Africa.

The CDC tightened its guidelines for people handling Ebola patients on Oct. 20, requiring a fluid-resistant gown, gloves, a hood, shoe coverings and a face mask… (read more)

Reuters

(Reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

 



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