October 13th, 2014
11:38 PM ET

Why removing an Ebola protective suit is so dangerous

It is still unclear how nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola. An official tells CNN that CDC disease detectives interviewed her several times and thought there were "inconsistencies" in the type of protective gear that she wore, along with the process of putting it on and taking it off. Dr. Sanjay Gupta shows what that process looks like and why it is so difficult.

Anderson spoke with Dr. Phil Smith who is the Medical Director of the Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit. They discussed the intense training and drills that his staff went through to prepare for treating Ebola patients, including NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo.

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  1. usernamename101

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    November 20, 2014 at 3:59 pm |
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  2. kotchi

    Sanjay Gupta is a CNN shill who should be hung. Notice the face and head covering. Absolutely disgusting. You wouldn't be able to do an asbestos removal with that kind of dollar store equipment.

    October 17, 2014 at 12:13 am |
  3. myopinionin2014

    Why are there so many layers to the protective suit? Someone could design a one size fit-all, one piece, highly protective suit with a respirator. If health care workers are being exposed and infected, then this is proof that the "many layered" suits are not adequate enough.

    October 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm |
  4. bkbeach4x4

    The dangers of contracting the EVD during the process of gearing up and out place many at risk. That is why I for the life of me cannot figure out why the Dallas hospital had as many as 70 staff working on the one Liberian citizen who died from the EVD. It seems the risk to spread the EVD would be greater the more staff you have suiting up to participate in the treatment. Bad decision by the hospital.

    OK this may be a stupid question but here goes anyway.
    If three of ten survive the EBOLA infection and then their blood can be used as a treatment for the infected why can't the blood be tested before anyone gets sick? Hospitals could start with staff and the EBOLA culture to see who has the blood that can save lives. Or does the blood have to interact with other elements in the body to combine and fortify against the destruction of organs? Unless of course there is no way to do the test then it is simply wishful thinking.

    I hope that the healthcare workers are blessed for their valiant work and the outbreak is brought under control soon.

    October 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm |
    • Mike

      If you survive Ebola, your body gets antibodies. Just like how you only get chicken pox once, and then your body is immune to it. You can use the blood of someone who survives because you're using the antibodies in their blood to help the infected person fight Ebola. You can't test people before they're infected because they're no virus in the blood. You don't get antibodies until after you're infected, and then your body starts fighting the virus. There's no way to tell who's going to survive, but if you're young, healthy, and have a strong immune system you might be one of the ones to survive.

      October 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm |
  5. fudgefase

    Seems to me they should be removing the suits under a decontamination shower.

    October 14, 2014 at 7:08 am |

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