CDC issues new guildelines for Ebola health workers

ATLANTA (AP) – Health officials have released new guidelines for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the long-anticipated updates on Monday evening. Health workers have been pushing for new standards since two Dallas hospital workers were diagnosed with the disease this month after treating an Ebola patient.

The guidelines call for face shields, hoods, boot covers and other garb that leave no part of the body exposed. They also call for a trained monitor to supervise the donning and doffing of protective wear. And they call for repeated training and practice.

The CDC guidance was expected as early as Saturday, but its release was pushed back while being reviewed by experts and government officials.

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