New Texas Ebola case announced

 A second health worker in the US state of Texas has tested positive for Ebola, health officials say.

A 26-year-old female nurse is already receiving treatment after becoming infected by a Liberian man who died from the deadly virus last week.

US officials say they are monitoring 48 contacts of the Liberian national and the healthcare workers who treated him.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says 4,447 people have died from the outbreak, mainly in West Africa. Read more

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Ebola Timeline of Cases and Deaths

Timeline of cases and deaths

Data comes from reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention[262] and the WHO.[263] All numbers are correlated with United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) if available.[264] The table includes suspected cases that have not yet been confirmed. The reports are sourced from official information from the affected countries’ health ministries. The WHO has stated the reported numbers “vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak”, estimating there may be 2.5 times as many cases as officially reported.[10][11] Liberia was singled out in the October 8th report from WHO, noting “There continue to be profound problems affecting data acquisition in Liberia… it is likely that the figures will be revised upwards in due course.”[9]

The case numbers reported may include probable or suspected cases. Numbers are revised downward if a case is later found to be negative. (Numbers may differ from reports as per respective Government reports. See notes at the bottom for stated source file.)

Ebola cases and deaths by country and by date – 1 August to most recent WHO update
Date
Total
Guinea
Liberia
Sierra Leone
Nigeria
Senegal
United States
Spain
Refs
Cases
Deaths
Cases
Deaths
Cases
Deaths
Cases
Deaths
Cases
Deaths
Cases
Deaths
Cases
Deaths
Cases
Deaths
8 Oct 2014
8,399
4,033
1,350
778
≥4,076
≥2,316
2,950
≥930
20
8
1
0
1
1
1
0
5 Oct 2014
8,033
3,865
1,298
768
≥3,924
≥2,210
2,789
≥879
20
8
1
0
1
0
[note 1][2][9]
1 Oct 2014
7,492
3,439
1,199
739
≥3,834
≥2,069
2,437
623
20
8
1
0
1
0
[note 2][158]
28 Sep 2014
7,192
3,286
1,157
710
≥3,696
≥1,998
2,317
570
20
8
1
0
1
0
[note 3] [171][265][266]
25 Sep 2014
6,808
3,159
1,103
668
≥3,564
≥1,922
2,120
561
20
8
1
0
[note 4] [267][268][269]
23 Sep 2014
6,574
3,043
1,074
648
≥3,458
≥1,830
2,021
557
20
8
1
0
[note 5][148][270]
21 Sep 2014
6,263
2,900
1,022
635
≥3,280
≥1,707
1,940
550
20
8
1
0
[note 6][47][271]
17 Sep 2014
5,762
2,746
965
623
≥3,022
≥1,578
1,753
537
21
8
1
0
[note 7][272][273][274]
14 Sep 2014
5,339
2,586
942
601
≥2,720
≥1,461
1,655
516
21
8
1
0
[note 8][275][276][277]
10 Sep 2014
4,846
2,375
899
568
2,415
1,307
1,509
493
22
8
3
0
[note 9][278][279]
7 Sep 2014
4,366
2,177
861
557
2,081
1,137
1,424
476
22
7
3
0
[note 10][280][281]
3 Sep 2014
4,001
2,089
823
522
1,863
1,078
1,292
452
22
7
1
0
[282]
31 Aug 2014
3,707
1,808
771
494
1,698
871
1,216
436
21
7
1
0
[note 11] [44][228]
25 Aug 2014
3,071
1,553
648
430
1,378
694
1,026
422
19
7
[283]
20 Aug 2014
2,615
1,427
607
406
1,082
624
910
392
16
5
[10]
18 Aug 2014
2,473
1,350
579
396
972
576
907
374
15
4
[284]
16 Aug 2014
2,240
1,229
543
394
834
466
848
365
15
4
[285]
13 Aug 2014
2,127
1,145
519
380
786
413
810
348
12
4
[286]
11 Aug 2014
1,975
1,069
510
377
670
355
783
334
12
3
[287]
9 Aug 2014
1,848
1,013
506
373
599
323
730
315
13
2
[288]
6 Aug 2014
1,779
961
495
367
554
294
717
298
13
2
[289]
4 Aug 2014
1,711
932
495
363
516
282
691
286
9
1
[290]
1 Aug 2014
1,603
887
485
358
468
255
646
273
4
1
[291]

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_epidemic_in_West_Africa

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Most Say U.S. Is Ready for Possible Ebola Outbreak, Poll Shows

By Carrie Dann

A majority of Americans say the United States is ready for a possible outbreak of the Ebola virus, but only about one in ten say the country is “very prepared,” according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The new poll shows that 56 percent of Americans say that the nation is prepared for an outbreak, while 42 percent disagree – including 20 percent who say that the U.S. is not prepared “at all.”

Did the CDC put Dallas nurse Nina Pham at risk?

When I recently called for the resignation of CDC director, Dr. Tom Frieden, some of you may have thought I went too far. And yet here we are, facing startling claims that the Dallas medical staff who responded to the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States – including a nurse who is now hospitalized with the virus – had limited protocols in place.

America, if you weren’t worried by Frieden’s inadequacy before, you should be now.

Liberian Ebola Survivors Comfort Other Patients

Salome Karwah, who survived Ebola, holds a baby being tested for the virus at a clinic in Monrovia, Liberia.

Heidi Vogt/The Wall Street Journal

MONROVIA, Liberia—Six mornings a week,

Salome Karwah

gets up and goes to work at the Ebola treatment unit where she watched her parents wither and die just three days apart and where she almost died of Ebola as well.

Ebola attacks a type of cell in blood vessels. Can early treatment help improve chances of survival? WSJ’s Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer.

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Colombia denying entry to recent travelers to Ebola-hit countries

(Reuters) – Colombia has begun denying entry to travelers who have recently visited West African countries affected by Ebola, Foreign Ministry sources said on Tuesday, the first Latin American country to do so.

 

The measure effective Tuesday applies to recent visitors to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria, and was taken in response to a recommendation by the National Health Institute to prevent the virus spreading, sources at the Foreign Ministry not authorized to speak on the record told Reuters.

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Dallas Nurses Claim ‘No System’ In Place For Ebola: Group

A union that says it represents nurses in every state criticized the Dallas hospital where an Ebola patient died and where a nurse was sickened, saying that protocols to protect workers were not in place at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

National Nurses United, in a conference call with reporters Tuesday, said that several nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian complained of confusion in the days after an Ebola patient was diagnosed there, putting nurses at risk, and that there was little training. Read more

C.D.C. Says It Should Have Responded Faster to the Dallas Ebola Case

The total number of people being monitored is now 125, health officials said, including 48 who have been watched for more than two weeks after coming into contact with Mr. Duncan before he was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sept. 28.
By MANNY FERNANDEZ and JACK HEALY
October 14, 2014

DALLAS — The director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that the agency planned a more robust response to any future Ebola cases in American hospitals, saying for the first time that quicker and more concerted action on its part might have kept a Dallas nurse from becoming infected by the virus.

The acknowledgment came on a day when a nurses’ union released a scathing statement that it said was composed by nurses at the Dallas hospital where the nurse, Nina Pham, 26, contracted Ebola. The statement told of “confusion and frequently changing policies and protocols,” inadequate protection against contamination and spotty training. Read more

CDC director: ‘Clearly’ something went wrong for Texas nurse to contract Ebola

CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said Tuesday on “The Kelly File” that Ebola protocols are being improved after a Texas nurse contracted the deadly disease while caring for a patient, acknowledging something “clearly” went wrong in that case.

“We know how Ebola spreads, we know how to stop it from spreading,” Frieden told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. “But clearly what happened at the hospital shouldn’t have happened. So we’re now looking at that and saying okay, what’s everything we can do to ensure that anytime someone is caring for Ebola their risk is kept to an absolute minimum.”

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U.S. sets up rapid-response Ebola team; Dallas nurse improves

Registered nurse (RN) Sandy Sheble-Hall removes his goggles as per proper protocol directives given by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) instructors in preparation for the response to the current Ebola outbreak, during a CDC safety training course in Anniston, Alabama, October 6, 2014.  REUTERS/Tami Chappell

(Reuters) – The United States is establishing a rapid-response team to help hospitals “within hours” whenever there is a case of Ebola, the top doctor leading the fight against the deadly virus said on Tuesday.

 

Prospects for a quick end to the contagion fell as the World Health Organization (WHO) predicted that three impoverished countries in West Africa – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – could produce as many as 10,000 new cases per week by early December.

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