The World Health Organization has said that mortality rates from the deadly Ebola outbreak spreading throughout West Africa have gone up to 70 percent, and there could be as many as 10,000 new cases recorded per week by the end of the year. President Barack Obama has warned that the world is "not doing enough" in terms of a response.
WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Bruce Aylward told reporters in Switzerland that although the mortality rate had been at 50 percent, statistics have now bumped it up to 70 percent. There is no cure for the disease, which had killed at least 4,447 people as of Tuesday, but early detection and treatment can prove effective and tackling it.
Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have suffered the most casualties, though cases have reached western countries including the U.S. as well. Obama, who is set to discuss the crisis in a video conference with British, French, German and Italian leaders, said that "the world as a whole is not doing enough" to contain the Ebola threat, BBC News reported. more >>
UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 15
The second nurse to contract the Ebola virus from Thomas Eric Duncan is being identified as 26-year-old nurse Amber Vinson, 26, who is in isolation at Texas Presbyterian Hospital, according to WFAA-TV.
The Centers for Disease Control confirmed Wednesday morning that Vinson was a passenger on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143, which flew from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth on Monday — the day before she reported symptoms. The CDC is contacting all passengers as a precaution and is asking them to call 1-800-CDC-INFO. more >>
Americans against amnesty are not only worried about unemployed Mexicans crossing our southern border illegally to take U.S. jobs. More than ever, we need the fence that Congress voted for and President George W. Bush made a television photo event when he signed it into law.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said that at least 10 ISIS thugs have crossed our southern border. Hunter added, if we caught 10, "you know there are going to be dozens more that did not get caught by the Border Patrol."
Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) says the Islamic State, ISIS, is actively working with Mexican drug cartels to infiltrate and eventually attack Americans. ISIS has told us it wants to extend a caliphate over America, so why is anybody surprised that they are doing what they said they wanted to do? more >>
Joni Eareckson Tada, an internationally known advocate for the disability community who has been a quadriplegic more than 47 years and is a breast cancer survivor as well, has made a plea to terminal cancer patient Brittany Maynard who plans to die through physician-assisted suicide to rethink her decision.
"Like many, my heart broke when I watched Brittany's video in which she outlined her plans to die through physician-assisted suicide. No one — absolutely no one — welcomes the pain that dealing with a terminal disease invariably brings, and it's clear that this young woman is firm in her convictions," said Tada in a statement released on Monday.
"But if I could park my wheelchair beside her, I would tell her how the love of Jesus has sustained me through my chronic pain, quadriplegia and cancer. I don't want her to wake up on the other side of her tombstone only to face a dark, grim existence without life and joy; that is, without God. There's only one person who has transformed the landscape of life-after-death, and that is Jesus, the One who conquered the grave, opening the path to life eternal. Three grams of phenobarbital in the veins will only provide a temporary reprieve. It is not the answer for the most important passage of her life. more >>
A number of nurses and medical professionals in Liberia went on strike on Monday, demanding better pay and safer working conditions in the fight against Ebola. The World Health Organization, meanwhile, called the outbreak "the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times."
Local journalist Terence Sesay told Al Jazeera on Monday that a number of facilities in the country were "virtually abandoned," with "nurses afraid of touching patients."
"They refuse to take blood samples from patients or even take their temperature because these require them to touch patients," Sesay said. more >>
America's response to the deadly Ebola virus took a political turn on the weekend when progressive policy organization, The Agenda Project Action Fund, blamed the current outbreak of the virus on budget cuts supported by Republicans. Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins, an evangelical, also declared on Friday that budget cuts hurt the agency and seriously hampered the development of an Ebola vaccine.
A one-minute video produced by the Agenda project and posted to YouTube Sunday called 'Republican Cuts Kill' mixes chilling footage of the Ebola outbreak with clips of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky; Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Republicans in some of the most competitive races around the country calling for more spending cuts. The demands are also juxtaposed with testimony from top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NIH officials explaining how the budget cuts hampered their ability to address the virus that is currently sweeping across West Africa and fueling panic across the U.S.
"To accomplish our mission we tell Americans the truth — about elected officials, multi-national corporations, political parties, public policy and corruption. We aggressively challenge individuals and institutions of power that prevent public policy from serving the American people, and refute hegemonic ideas that act as the intellectual rationalization for policies that do not serve the American people," explained the Agenda Project on their website. more >>