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Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the CDC, speaks at a news conference on Oct. 12. A Texas health care worker who provided hospital care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition. (AP Photo/John Amis)

(Bloomberg Politics) — The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that a “breach in protocol” exposed a Texas health care worker to Ebola, marking the nation’s first transmission of the deadly virus that has ravaged West Africa in recent months.

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