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CDC Director: ‘Glitch’ Prevented Quick Removal of Ebola-Contaminated Material in Dallas

Centers for Disease Control Director Thomas Frieden made the Sunday show rounds this weekend to assure Americans their government is doing all it can to prevent an Ebola outbreak – but he also admitted that mismanagement and bureaucratic red tape has made those efforts more difficult.

CNN’s Candy Crowley asked Frieden why it took the government days to remove Ebola-contaminated clothes, bed sheets and other objects from the Dallas apartment of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first-ever Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States.

“The reason we had some challenges with the medical waste is that’s the first time we’ve had to deal with that situation,” he said. “And just by chance, there had been a glitch in our system — the government system to approve a waste removal company to do that.”

“That’s been resolved,” Frieden added. “I wish it had been resolved sooner, but it’s resolved.”

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