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The CDC issued on Oct. 20 much-anticipated new guidelines for healthcare workers who will be using personal protective equipment when treating patients with the Ebola virus. The revisions — which are similar to those used by Doctors Without Borders — came in response to the news that two nurses became infected while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8 of the disease at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

The updated guidelines stress the importance of three principles: rigorous and repeated training to use PPE, no skin exposure and supervision from a trained monitor who watches workers don and doff the equipment. While the new guidelines initially might seem overwhelming with the lengthy list of detailed procedures and equipment, the meticulous descriptions are instilling confidence in caregivers who may come into contact with a patient who has Ebola, nurse leaders said.

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