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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NBC News Freelancer Wants Ebola Focus on West Africa, Mom Says

Although the world has watched the progress of an NBC News freelancer who was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus and is recovering at a Nebraska hospital, Ashoka Mukpo’s parents said their son would likely rather the attention be paid to the West African countries that have been ravaged by the disease.

“He went there with the idea of shedding light on the pain and suffering that this epidemic has caused to the Liberian people and now the light is being shone on him for what’s going on, and I think he’s definitely uncomfortable with that,” Dr. Mitchell Levy, Mukpo’s father, said Tuesday. “I think he’s already thinking about rededicating his efforts to what comes next.” Read more

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NBC News Freelancer Wants Ebola Focus on West Africa, Mom Says

Although the world has watched the progress of an NBC News freelancer who was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus and is recovering at a Nebraska hospital, Ashoka Mukpo’s parents said their son would likely rather the attention be paid to the West African countries that have been ravaged by the disease.

“He went there with the idea of shedding light on the pain and suffering that this epidemic has caused to the Liberian people and now the light is being shone on him for what’s going on, and I think he’s definitely uncomfortable with that,” Dr. Mitchell Levy, Mukpo’s father, said Tuesday. “I think he’s already thinking about rededicating his efforts to what comes next.” Read more

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Obama, European leaders to discuss Ebola epidemic on Wednesday

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a meeting with more than 20 foreign defense chiefs to discuss the coalition efforts in the ongoing campaign against ISIL at Joint Base Andrews in Washington October 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a meeting with more than 20 foreign defense chiefs to discuss the coalition efforts in the ongoing campaign against ISIL at Joint Base Andrews in Washington October 14, 2014.

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(Reuters) – President Barack Obama will hold a video conference on Wednesday with British, French, German, and Italian leaders to discuss the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and other pressing international issues, the White House said.

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This Tech Billionaire Wants to Stamp Out Ebola

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife announced Tuesday they are donating $25 million to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control foundation to fight the Ebola crisis that has killed more than 4,440 people in west Africa. Read more

Better Ebola Response May Have Prevented Nurse’s Case

Health care workers wait for the arrival of a possible Ebola patient at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Oct. 8, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

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The nation’s top health official said today he regrets not sending a larger team of experts to Texas when the first case of Ebola was diagnosed, a move he said may have prevented a Dallas nurse from getting infected.

President Obama said today that his administration is “surging resources into Dallas” to examine how nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola while helping to care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, and ensure “all lessons learned” will be applied across the country.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that from now on a “CDC Ebola response team” will be ready to reach a hospital “within hours” of a reported case of Ebola.

“I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the first patient was diagnosed. That might have prevented infection,” Frieden said at a news conference today. “We will do that from today onward with any case in the U.S.” Read more

US begins Ebola vaccine testing in humans

A scanning electron micrograph of the Ebola virus. (Cynthia Goldsmith | CDC)

Officials began testing a Canadian-made Ebola vaccine on human volunteers in the United States Monday.

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research enlisted 39 healthy volunteers for the trial, and injected the first subject with the VSV-EBOV vaccine in phase 1 of testing Monday.

Canada supplied 20 vials of the vaccine for the trial, which medical officials will be monitoring predominately throughout the phase 1 trial for safety, and also to determine proper dosage level.

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CDC Promises Special Ebola Response Teams


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