New American Ebola Case

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New American Ebola Case

Link: New Dallas Ebola Case Was Isolated 'Within 90 Minutes': Officials - NBC News

A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who tested positive for Ebola was isolated within "90 minutes" of her temperature being taken, officials said Wednesday.

The new case suggests measures at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas were unable to prevent the virus from spreading beyond a very sick Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who died there last week.

The worker developed a fever on Tuesday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins told a news conference.

“Within 90 minutes of taking her temperature she was isolated in the hospital,” Jenkins said early Wednesday. “And we hope and pray that, like Nina, she will get on a good track.” Over the weekend 26-year-old nurse Nina Pham was diagnosed with the virus.

Jenkins described the latest health care worker to test positive as "a heroic person, a person who is dedicating her life to serving others."

The hospital has been fighting allegations by some staff and by an outside nurses union that it didn’t do enough to protect workers. It’s also been fighting off criticism that Duncan, who has died, was mistakenly sent away when he first sought care. He later became very ill and was returned to the hospital by ambulance.

When asked about the criticism on Wednesday, Texas Health Resources chief clinical officer Dr. Daniel Varga said: "I don't think we have a systematic, institutional problem."

Health experts say that Ebola patients become progressively more infectious as they get sicker, and the virus is spread in vomit, diarrhea and other bodily fluids. Quick isolation of a patient before they start to show these symptoms can help prevent spread.

The latest worker infected lives alone and has no pets. According to Varga, 75 more health care workers are being monitored. Federal health officials said Tuesday that their response to the original Dallas case could have been more robust.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has sent a team to the hospital to help improve infection control there and to help train staff. An officer will be on-site at all times to make sure workers put on and take off protective gear in the right way to prevent contamination.
 

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Not really a pandemic, but it makes you wonder about the hospital. As I said in another thread, I caught pneumonia in a hospital after having a c-section. Hospitals are not clean.
 

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Dallas Nurse With Ebola Had Low-Grade Fever on Commercial Flight

The Link: Ebola Nurse Amber Vinson Checked with CDC Before Flight: Source - NBC News

he second Ebola-infected nurse from a Dallas hospital contacted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials on Monday to check if she could get on a plane with an elevated temperature, and was not barred from taking the flight, NBC News has learned.

At the time, the CDC was still considering health care workers who treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan but wore protective gear to be at lower risk, and based on those guidelines Amber Vinson wasn’t warned to stay off the commercial jet, a government spokesperson told NBC News late Wednesday.

"Vinson was not told that she could not fly," said the spokesperson.

Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola on Wednesday. She had treated Dallas patient Thomas Eric Duncan a week earlier. She then flew to Ohio on Oct. 8 — the day Duncan died — and then back to Texas on Monday.

Before the Monday flight, Vinson, who had been self-monitoring and was reporting her temperature to epidemiology teams routinely, had called someone at the CDC to report that she had an elevated temperature of 99.5, the spokesperson said.

Vinson was then considered in the category of "uncertain risk", which is a lower level, because it was believed that she had all worn all the necessary personal protective equipment while treating Duncan. This even though fellow Dallas nurse Nina Pham had been diagnosed with Ebola on Saturday. Oct. 11.

When Vinson called in to the CDC, the staffer she talked with looked on the agency's website for guidance, the spokesperson said. The category for "uncertain risk" had guidance saying that a person could fly commercially if they did not meet the threshold of a temperature of 100.4.

"These two nurses who are infected as well as the others who cared for Duncan but were wearing protective gear — a lot of them are falling into the category of 'uncertain risk'", the spokesperson said. "She represents uncharted water for us ... She did not fall into a clear category."

The head of the CDC, Tom Frieden, did not have all of these details when he briefed the press earlier Monday by phone. On that call he said "She should not have traveled on a commercial aircraft."

The spokesperson says he believes Frieden said that because it should have been common sense to Vinson that she should not fly with a slight temperature.

Frieden said that the nurse had had “extensive contact” with Duncan, including while he was vomiting and had diarrhea. Duncan contracted the virus in Liberia and flew to Dallas in September.
 

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Airline: CDC Warned 'Possibility' Ebola Nurse Had Symptoms on Plane

Airline: CDC Warned 'Possibility' Ebola Nurse Had Symptoms on Plane - NBC News

The airline that unknowingly transported an Ebola-stricken nurse on a flight from Ohio to Texas has placed six crew members on paid leave out of “an abundance of caution," and said it was warned by health officials about “the possibility” that the passenger had symptoms during the flight.

Frontier Airlines CEO David Siegel said in a letter to employees that the airline was told by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday that nurse Amber Vinson “may have been symptomatic earlier than initially suspected; including the possibility of possessing symptoms while onboard the flight.” The airline says no symptoms were detected by the crew.

Vinson, a Texas nurse who treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan and later tested positive for the deadly disease, flew from Dallas to Cleveland on Oct. 8 - the day her patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, died. She flew back from Cleveland to Dallas on Frontier Flight 1143 on Monday while she had a mild fever. The CDC said it was asking the more than 130 passengers who were also on the flight to call a CDC hotline. Vinson is now being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Siegel said four flight attendants and two pilots involved in that flight were put on 21-day paid leave, that the jet was taken out of service as soon as the airline learned Wednesday a sick passenger may have been aboard, and that the jet cleaned and the seat covers and carpets near Vinson’s seat would be removed.

“We take today’s events seriously as your safety and that of our customers is always at the forefront of everything we do,” Siegel said in the letter. “This was over and above CDC guidance that stated that our flight crews were safe to fly.”

The plane, registration N220FR, continued to transport passengers on Tuesday, and made five flights to airports in Cleveland, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta before the airline was notified of the sick passenger on Wednesday.
 

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Last night on the news I heard an expert talk about this very subject, that the incubation period for Ebola is 42 days. I didn't get his name, but he just published something on the matter. He was involved in research and studies done in the 1970's that showed new outbreaks of Ebola often have an incubation period of 42 days. See related articles below.

Ebola: WHO Cites Cases With Longer Incubation Period of 42 Days

Male Ebola survivors told: Use a condom - Virus can persist in semen for at least 70-90 days
 
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One of these infected women are being treated in Maryland now, less than an hour away from me... :( Too close for comfort...
 

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I think is a stress strategy for the people and borders .. Another way to eliminate some people. I bet it will expand soon and they will close the borders with some important country's ..
 

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