As President Barack Obama attempted to calm fears about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus Wednesday, one health official has charged that someone at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "dropped the ball" in allowing Amber Vinson, the second nurse infected with the virus to fly.
Vinson, 26, was one of the nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. this year. Vinson was confirmed as the second Dallas healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola just a day after she took Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas with 132 other passengers on Oct. 13.
An unidentified health official charged in a CBS report Wednesday that Vinson called the CDC several times to report that she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees before flying. Since her fever was not 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn't fall into the "high risk" category and was allowed to fly. more >>
Congresswoman Gwen Moore, D-Wis., has addressed criticism toward the handling of Ebola cases by local and federal U.S. officials and said that despite Americans' fears, people from the affected West African countries should be allowed to continue to travel to the U.S.
"Understandably, many Americans have grown increasingly worried about the recent confirmed cases of Ebola within our country's borders. This response is certainly reasonable, and I share my constituents' concern, but it is important to ensure that our alarm about this virus doesn't lead to unreasonable and dangerous actions," Moore said in a statement.
She noted that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden and his team are working to educate the public on transmission risks and safety protocols, following news that a second Texas nurse contracted the deadly virus. more >>
Recent events have brought the debate on so-called "death with dignity" and assisted suicide into the spotlight again. And yet, the argument is not really a new one. No less a light than William Shakespeare extensively dealt with the subject in his writing.
"Death with dignity" is essentially a code word for suicide, sometimes in the face of a terminal illness. As one humanist put it, he wants to kill himself on his own terms rather than die from some disease. He said it would be like telling God, "You can't fire me---I quit."
In the Netherlands, they accepted the basic concept of doctor-assisted suicide ("death with dignity") many years ago. But they have now reached the point where the level of involuntary deaths has exceeded the number of voluntary deaths. more >>
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a press conference Wednesday to address the second confirmed case of Ebola in the United States. Amber Vinson, the second nurse to contract the virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas while caring for Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, will be transported to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Sylvia Matthews Burwell, secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, recognized the service of the nurses who have contracted the Ebola virus while caring for Duncan who died on Oct. 8, 11 days after he was admitted into an isolation unit at the hospital.
"Patients being treated at Texas Presbyterian Hospital will be transported to Emory's specialized unit sometime later today. We are redoubling our efforts and continuing to communicate," Burwell said. "We need to stop this epidemic at its source in West Africa." more >>
The United States Supreme Court has issued an order allowing 13 abortion clinics in Texas to stay open, superseding a state law that requires the closure of clinics that fail to meet basic health and safety standards.
In a six to three decision, the order was given Tuesday as a lawsuit against the state's abortion clinic regulations continues to go through the legal system.
Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. dissented from the five-sentence order, reported Adam Liptak of the New York Times. more >>
A day before she was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus, Amber Vinson, 26, the second Dallas healthcare worker now quarantined with the disease, took Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas, and now all 132 passengers who were on that flight with her are being asked to contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"At approximately 1 a.m. MT on Oct. 15, Frontier was notified by the CDC that a customer traveling on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Oct. 13 has since tested positive for the Ebola virus," began a statement from Frontier Airlines, released by the CDC.
"The flight landed in Dallas/Fort Worth at 8:16 p.m. local and remained overnight at the airport having completed its flying for the day at which point the aircraft received a thorough cleaning per our normal procedures, which is consistent with CDC guidelines prior to returning to service the next day. It was also cleaned again in Cleveland last night. Previously the customer had traveled from Dallas/Fort Worth to Cleveland on Frontier flight 1142 on Oct. 10," the statement continued. more >>