The Catholic Church remains opposed to the Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate that was modified in August.
In comments submitted to the HHS, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that the mandate remains a threat to the religious freedom of numerous faith-based organizations.
Anthony Picarello, USCCB general counsel, and Michael Moses, associate general counsel, submitted the comments to the HHS on Wednesday. more >>
Five major U.S. airports are set to start examining passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea for Ebola by taking their temperatures and asking them questions. The U.S. is on high alert following the first death from the outbreak on its soil, though travel to West Africa has not been banned.
Airports that will start using the Ebola measures in the next few days include O'Hare in Chicago, JFK and Newark in the New York area, Washington's Dulles, and Atlanta's airport, BBC News reported on Thursday.
Thomas Eric Duncan who traveled to Dallas from Liberia became the first person reported to have died from the disease on Wednesday. He apparently caught Ebola while on a trip to Liberia, before returning to the U.S. and being treated unsuccessfully at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. more >>
A second patient has been transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas after exhibiting symptoms of Ebola Wednesday. The patient, Sgt. Michael Monnig, had been inside the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan was staying to get a quarantine order signed. Monnig and the two county health officials who entered the apartment with him did not wear protective gear.
"At 12:32 p.m. Oct. 8, Frisco dispatch received a call from Care Now, 301 Main Street, regarding a patient exhibiting signs and symptoms of Ebola. The patient claims to have had contact with the Dallas 'patient zero,'" according to a statement from Frisco officials Wednesday.
"Frisco firefighter-paramedics are in the process of transporting [Monnig]. They are also in the process of examining clinical staff and other facility patrons. The number [of] other people impacted is unknown. No other information is confirmed, available at this time," the statement ended. more >>
The 19-year-old son of deceased Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan traveled to Texas Tuesday to be by his father's side because he felt called by God to visit his sick dad.
At a Tuesday press conference at Dallas' Wilshire Baptist Church, Karsiah Duncan told the media "I just came down here because I felt God was calling me to come see my dad even though I got school still going on."
Karsiah left college and traveled to Dallas to visit his father inside the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where Duncan was being held in isolation since he was diagnosed with Ebola. However, he was unable to see him. more >>
Of all the examples of incompetence and failure to protect Americans that the Obama administration has displayed, its failure to keep Ebola out of our country may be the worst. Obama's No. 1 job is to keep dangerous people from coming into America, and he has flunked the test.
Ebola is a particularly horrible disease. Infected patients face a death rate of 25 to 90 percent.
Long ago, our country designated Ellis Island as a place where people could be held until we decided whether or not to let them in. Disease is one of the major reasons why, over the years, thousands of people have been denied entry and returned to wherever they came from. more >>
Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, who became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States on Sept. 30, died Wednesday.
"It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan at 7:51 a.m. Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle. Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing. We have offered the family our support and condolences at this difficult time," said a statement from Texas Health Resources.
A report in The New York Times said Duncan was being treated with the experimental antiviral drug brincidofovir. He had been listed as nonresponsive and critical as his condition worsened over the last few days. more >>