Less than two weeks after New York City officials announced that doctor Craig Spencer, 33, was the first case of the deadly Ebola virus in Manhattan, health officials revealed Wednesday that some 357 people in the city are "being actively monitored" for Ebola out of an "abundance of caution."
"The vast majority of these individuals are travelers arriving in New York City within the past 21 days from the three Ebola-affected countries who are being monitored post-arrival, as well as Bellevue Hospital staff caring for Dr. Spencer," said a joint statement from the New York City Department of Health and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Wednesday.
"The list also includes FDNY EMS staff who transported Dr. Spencer to Bellevue and the lab workers who conducted Dr. Spencer's blood test. All of these individuals are being monitored out of an abundance of caution, and none are showing any symptoms. The number of individuals who will be actively monitored will continue to fluctuate as people arrive or depart New York City, we learn more about people's exposures, and 21 days of monitoring has passed," the statement continued. more >>
An anti-pornography group is taking aim at Harvard University's "sex week," by calling on people to file complaints against the annual event.
"Harvard's sex week encourages students to participate in acts that resemble or include sexual violence," Dawn Hawkins, executive director for Morality in Media, told The Christian Post. "Research has shown these sex acts very often employ coercion to gain the participation of one partner."
"Normalizing such actions has a profound effect on the participants, and society in general, by excusing sexual violence as 'kink' rather than seeking for healthy intimate relationships," added Hawkins, whose organization released a statement Monday denouncing the seven-day series of events that are based on a variety of sexual topics. more >>
New York doctor Craig Spencer, the only person in the United States receiving treatment for Ebola, was declared to be in stable condition Saturday, while Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, who recently recovered from the disease, was reunited with her dog.
The condition of the 33-year-old doctor, Spencer, who is in an isolation unit at New York City's Bellevue hospital, has improved to "stable" from "serious but stable," according to Reuters.
Spencer tested positive for Ebola and was admitted to the hospital Oct. 23. He was treating patients in Guinea as part of his work with Doctors Without Borders when he contracted Ebola. more >>
A federal court in Florida granted a Catholic academic institution injunctive relief from having to pay fines for refusing to comply with the federal government's birth control mandate.
The U.S. District Court Fort Myers Division ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University will be granted a motion to be temporarily exempted from the Health and Human Services Department's mandate.
"Upon consideration of the record, the submissions of the parties, and the relevant law, it is the Court's conclusion that Ave Maria's motion for preliminary injunction should be granted," read the Court's ruling. more >>
Texas nurse Amber Vinson spoke out for the first time Tuesday, after being released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta where she completed treatment for the deadly Ebola virus that she contracted earlier this month.
The 29-year-old Dallas healthcare worker was discharged two weeks after she was admitted to the hospital with the virus. She took a moment to thank God, the hospital staff and the general public for their prayers.
"I'm so grateful to be well, and first and foremost, I want to thank God. I sincerely believe that with God all things are possible," a smiling Vinson said during a press conference at the hospital. "While the skill and dedication of the doctors, nurses and others who have taken care of me have obviously led to my recovery, it has been God's love that has truly carried my family and me through this difficult time, and has played such an important role in giving me hope and the strength to fight." more >>
A nurse who was placed under mandatory quarantine for Ebola in New Jersey has lashed out against the decision, arguing that her "basic human rights" were violated.
"This is an extreme that is really unacceptable, and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated," Kaci Hickox told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union" on Sunday.
Hickox revealed that she was quarantined for 21 days at University Hospital in Newark despite twice testing negative for Ebola. The epidemiologist has been treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, one of the hardest hit areas in West Africa that has seen over 1,200 people die from the outbreak in that country alone. She arrived back at Newark Liberty Airport on Friday, after which she was taken for assessments. more >>