Some 3,000 American soldiers are arriving in Africa to fight an Ebola epidemic that is doubling about every 3 weeks, with the number of infections projected to reach 1.4 million by January. President Obama said: "It will require an 'air bridge' to get health workers and medical supplies to areas that are affected."
Meanwhile, the virus has used the air bridge of a commercial flight to reach Dallas. So far, only the index patient is ill, but 100 contacts are being observed.
Although a large number of experts agree that the likelihood of a widespread outbreak is "vanishingly small," owing to our "highly sophisticated public health system," a number of breaches in our invulnerability are already manifest. more >>
The condition of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the United States, is "quite critical," but the Liberian national is the only confirmed patient in the country, an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday.
"We understand that his situation has taken a turn for the worse," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden told reporters Sunday, referring to Duncan, who came from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, last month to marry his girlfriend and their 19-year-old son.
He said Duncan's condition is "quite critical" and that he is "fighting for his life." Until Saturday, his condition was said to be serious. more >>
The epidemic that has devastated Western Africa has now arrived in the United States. In recent weeks, several infected healthcare workers have been flown back to the United States for successful treatment. However, a greater threat looms from ordinary citizens knowingly or unknowingly bringing the disease to our country.
This week it was uncovered that Thomas Duncan of Liberia flew to Dallas, Texas on United Airlines. He started his travels in Africa, stopped in Brussels, Belgium before arriving in the United States. While he did not show symptoms of the disease on the flight, he became sick in Dallas and is currently in critical condition.
Purportedly, Duncan traveled to Dallas to see family members, but his former boss in Monrovia, Liberia said that Duncan knew he had the virus and traveled to the United States to seek treatment. While Duncan's family denies the accusation, there is no denying he came in contact with a pregnant woman in Monrovia on the verge of dying of Ebola. more >>
A patient with Ebola-like symptoms has been admitted to Howard University hospital in Washington, D.C. the hospital confirmed Friday as President Obama ordered 4,000 troops to West Africa to help battle the raging Ebola epidemic in that area of the world.
Hospital spokesperson Kerry-Ann Hamilton told USA Today Friday that the patient, whose identity is being withheld and recently traveled to Nigeria, is in stable condition.
"In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient. Our medical team continues to evaluate and monitor progress in close collaboration with the CDC and the Department of Health," Hamilton noted in a statement. more >>
Some 13 abortion clinics in Texas will reportedly close after a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the state Thursday to fully enforce a new law that requires abortion facilities to meet the same health and safety standards as ambulatory surgical centers.
In a 38-page decision published Thursday, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, granted in part, a motion filed by the state of Texas to stay a district court's injunction against the law, and finds that the law is constitutional and does not place an undue burden on abortionists and women seeking abortions.
The decision overrides District Judge Lee Yeakel's August ruling, which stated that requiring abortion clinic owners to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, such as widening doorways to enable paramedics to bring stretchers into the clinic to transport patients to the hospital, is too costly and, therefore, "imposes an undue burden on women seeking an abortion," and was "unconstitutional." more >>
An American journalist working for NBC News has been diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus while working in Liberia. Meanwhile, the family of Dallas Ebola patient Eric Duncan has been quarantined after they refused to stay home.
The freelance cameraman, 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo, was hired by NBC on Tuesday to work with NBC News Chief Medical Editor and Correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman on an assignment in Monrovia. more >>