NIH official: 'The system worked'

Following news that a healthcare worker in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola, a top official at the National Institutes of Health said Sunday that the “system worked.”

“This was a breach in protocol,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Officials in Dallas said a healthcare worker who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first U.S. Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S., who died last week, has tested positive for the deadly virus, despite following CDC precautions, such as wearing a mask, gloves, gown and face shield.

“We know that this person had direct contact with the patient,” Fauci said.

Fauci said officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will review the incident to find out how the transmission happened. They will then “fortify” the protocol to make sure it is followed, he added.

“We do know that when you do follow that protocol, it works,” Fauci said.

“The system worked,” he said. “As tragic as it is.”

The nurse was on voluntary self-monitoring and did what she was supposed to do, Fauci said.