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Liberian healthcare workers call off Ebola strike

(Reuters) – Healthcare unions in Liberia called off a strike on Wednesday over pay and working conditions for medical staff tackling an epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus.

 

The strike, which began on Monday, garnered poor support and most hospitals and clinics in the West African country had been operating normally.

 

Liberia is the country hardest-hit by the outbreak of the viral hemorrhagic fever that has killed more than 4,400 people, mostly in three West African nations, including Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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Dallas Nurses Accuse Hospital of Sloppy Ebola Protocols

 The entrance of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Oct. 8, 2014.

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Co-workers of a Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola from a sick patient say they worked for days without proper protective gear and that the hospital’s Ebola protocols and procedures were unclear and inadequate, leaving workers and hospital systems prone to contamination, according to a statement by the largest U.S. nurses’ union.

The statement, which was provided by National Nurses United on behalf of several registered nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, details hospital procedures after Thomas Eric Duncan arrived at the hospital. The nurses are not represented by the union, and the group declined to reveal the nurses’ identities. Read more

News guide: The latest on Ebola

Health officials announced early Wednesday that a second health care worker at a Dallas hospital had preliminarily tested positive for Ebola.

The news came the day after a top U.S. health official acknowledged that a nurse at the hospital – the first recorded case of the disease being contracted in the U.S. – might not have been infected if a special response team had been sent to Dallas immediately after a Liberian man there was diagnosed with the disease.

Texas nurse was familiar with Ebola risks

A member of the CG Environmental HazMat team disinfects the entrance to the residence of the first health worker at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to contract Ebola in Dallas, Texas, October 12, 2014. (REUTERS/Jaime R. Carrero)

A Texas nurse who caught Ebola from an infected patient was no stranger to the risks of working around one of the world’s most feared viruses.

In nursing school, Nina Pham had studied microbiology and infection prevention. A classmate said students discussed Ebola in detail, even reading “The Hot Zone,” a bestselling 1994 book about the disease’s origins. Read more

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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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.

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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