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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Bennie G. Thompson, Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released a statement Sunday evening on the news of the second Ebola patient being diagnosed in the United States.

Thompson states “My thoughts and prayers are with the Texas nurse who compassionately and courageously cared for the first U.S. Ebola patient and was diagnosed with the devastating disease this weekend.”

“The CDC attributes the new infection to a breach in protocol, which raises the question whether ordinary hospitals that may not have had specialized training on caring for seriously ill patients safely should be responsible for the long-term care of an Ebola patient when there are beds available in one our nations bio-containment units.”

“In the coming days, I encourage the CDC to consider whether it is appropriate to recommend transferring Ebola Patients to one of our nation’s bio-containment units upon diagnosis if there are beds avail.”

“In the meantime, I encourage the CDC, with its Sate and local public health partners, to take whatever action is necessary to ensure that Ebola-related guidance – from patient isolation to protections for healthcare workers – is distributed and implemented uniformly in our nation’s hospitals”.

The nurse who contracted the disease was wearing protective gear when she helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan.

This is the first time that someone has contracted the Ebola disease inside the United States.