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Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients

 The Ebola crisis is forcing the American healthcare system to consider the previously unthinkable: withholding some medical interventions because they are too dangerous to doctors and nurses and unlikely to help a patient. U.S. hospitals have over the years come under criticism for undertaking measures that prolong dying rather than improve patients’ quality of life. […] Read More →

Travel Ban, Not Yet? As the U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors

 U.S. health officials imposed fresh constraints on Wednesday on people entering the country from three countries at the center of West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, mandating that they report their temperature daily and stay in touch with health authorities. The move announced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) marked the latest precautions […] Read More →

US Sets New Ebola Protocols for Health Workers

 The United States has tightened guidelines for health workers treating patients with the Ebola virus, calling for new competency training, a buddy system for donning and doffing personal protective equipment, and total coverage of eyes, hair and skin.  The stricter protocols, issued Monday evening by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), build […] Read More →

Dallas Relieved as 43 Cleared of Ebola Infection Risk

 With the first 43 people who had contact with deceased Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan now cleared from close monitoring, Dallas-area officials are “breathing a lot easier” for the first time in weeks. “It’s a good day,” added Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County’s highest-ranking elected official, who announced the end of the monitoring today. “This […] Read More →

Ebola Patients Had Possible Contact With 300 in U.S.

 More than 300 people have had possible or verified contact with Ebola patients in the U.S., according to data released by health authorities yesterday. The new numbers were issued as the top public official co-ordinating the response to the deadly virus in Dallas said 48 of the original contacts with deceased Ebola patient Thomas Eric […] Read More →

Dallas Exporting New Ebola Cases Biocontainment Centers

 New Ebola patients in Dallas will be transferred to three top infectious-disease centers in the U.S., a Texas official said yesterday. The new treatment strategy follows national scrutiny of cases at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, a Dallas facility that has handled three Ebola patients and said it made mistakes in its treatment of Thomas Eric […] Read More →

Blame the victim? Federal officials rile health care workers with Ebola claims

 While federal and local officials rethink their Ebola containment strategy, they’ve also riled front-line health care workers by repeatedly pointing the finger at nurses as new infections surface.  Most recently, federal sources even suggested the second Dallas nurse to test positive for the virus “lied” to the CDC about her symptoms.  Nursing associations, though, are […] Read More →

Officials fear Ebola’s on AIDS path; some disagree

 Is Ebola the world’s worst infectious disease threat since AIDS? Comparisons between the two deadly diseases surfaced in the last few months as the Ebola outbreak escalated. Both emerged from Africa and erupted into an international health crisis. And both have been a shocking reminder that mankind’s battle against infectious diseases can take a sudden, […] Read More →

Nurse on flights may have had worse case of Ebola

 The president of Frontier Airlines says a nurse who was on flights between Dallas and Cleveland and who later tested positive for Ebola may have been at a more advanced stage of the illness than previously thought. Barry Biffle emailed employees Friday about the findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He said […] Read More →