Director Thomas R. Frieden, for example, insisted for weeks that U.S. hospitals were ready to stop any Ebola outbreak in the U.S. in its tracks. But the first hospital to confront an actual case of Ebola promptly blew it. First, the hospital failed to grasp the seriousness of Thomas Eric Duncan's condition when he showed up with symptoms consistent with Ebola and told a nurse he had recently arrived from Liberia. Then it failed to keep its own personnel safe. One of the two nurses, Nina Pham, reportedly was infected despite having followed the required protocols, and the agency still can't explain how she came to be exposed to the virus. But other nurses at the hospital said they never received any training in how to deal with Ebola cases, and the hospital didn't give them any special protective gear; instead they were left to improvise whatever precautions they could think up for themselves.