October 15, 2014 – Another nurse from the same hospital in Texas that treated Thomas Duncan has now tested positive for Ebola. What makes matters worse is she she was allowed by the CDC to fly (with 132 other passengers) with a low grade fever just ONE DAY prior to being diagnosed with the virus.
Twenty-nine year old Amber Vinson is a healthcare worker who helped treat Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died in Dallas of the Ebola virus earlier this month. Today the CDC confirmed that she had contracted the virus as well and also revealed that she had taken a flight from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday.
Vinson said she was feeling ill before boarding her flight and even though she was registering a low grade fever officials with the CDC, who she called several times with concerns, told her it was okay to get on the plane.
The CDC confirmed to FOX 4 News that they gave Vinson the go-ahead to fly, or as one official put it “Vinson was not told she could not get on the plane.” Earlier today CDC Director Tom Freiden said that she never should have gotten on the plane:
“The CDC guidance in this setting outlines the need for what is called controlled movement. That can include a charter plane, a car, but it does not include public transport,” Frieden said. “We will from this moment forward ensure that no other individual who is being monitored for exposure undergoes travel in any way other than controlled movement.”
Vinson is the second person to contract Ebola in the United States. The first was Nina Pham who is also a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas where Duncan was being treated.
October 13, 2014 – A “breach of protocol” at the hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated has led to the infection of a healthcare worker and other caregivers could potentially be exposed, according to federal health officials on Sunday October 12, 2014. The worker reported a fever Friday night as part of a self-monitoring regiment required by the CDC.
The hospital worker, a woman who was not identified at the time of this report, wore protective gear while caring for the Liberian patient and has been unable to point to how the breach might have occurred, said Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC confirmed Sunday afternoon the woman had tested positive for Ebola – the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the United States.
The missteps with the first patient and now the infection of a caregiver raised questions about assurances given by the U.S. government that any American hospital should be able to treat an Ebola patient without the disease being transmitted to others.
At a briefing in Atlanta, GA, Frieden said that at some point during Duncan’s treatment, “there was a breach of protocol and that breach in protocol resulted in this infection.” He added that officials were deeply concerned by the infection of the worker.
President Barack Obama, who has refused to halt incoming flights from the African countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus, asked the CDC to move quickly in investigating the incident.
Dallas police stood guard outside the worker’s apartment complex and told people not to go inside. Officers also knocked on doors, made automated phone calls and passed out fliers to notify people within a four-block radius about the situation, while assuring residents the risk was confined to those who have had close contact with the two Ebola patients.
But Kara Lutley, who lives a half-block from the complex, said she never received a call or other emergency notice and first heard about it on the news.
Another person who was described as a “close contact” of the infected worker has been proactively placed in isolation.
According to Dr. Daniel Varga of Texas Health Resources, the worker wore a gown, gloves, mask and shield when she cared for Duncan while he was being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Frieden speculated on CBS’ Face The Nation on Sunday the breach in protocol which led to the infection was most likely related to how the worker removed her protective gear, because removing it incorrectly can lead to contamination. Dialysis and intubation are also procedures which have the potential to spread infectious material.
Texas health officials have been closely monitoring nearly 50 other people who had or may have had close contact with Duncan in the days after he started showing signs of the disease prior to being hospitalized.
Healthcare workers treating Ebola patients are among the most vulnerable, even if wearing protective gear. A Spanish nurse assistant recently became infected outside West Africa during an ongoing outbreak. She helped care for 2 priests who were brought to Madrid hospital and later died.
More than 370 healthcare workers in West Africa have fallen ill or died since the Ebola epidemic began earlier this year.
Recommended Reading: Ebola: History, Symptoms & Prevention of a Category-A BioTerror Agent
Original Report Dated August 1, 2014
Three American Aid Workers have contracted the deadly Ebola Virus in West Africa and now two of them are being returned to the United States according to Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization. Chan released a statement on Friday which should be alarming to most readers, especially those in the US:
The Ebola outbreak “is moving faster than our efforts to control it. This is an unprecedented outbreak accompanied by unprecedented challenges. And these challenges are extraordinary.”
“If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socioeconomic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries.”
According to health officials one of the countries affected could be the United States. The U.S. Department of State corroborated Chan’s statement on Friday and announced that it is working with the CDC to bring home the two U.S. citizens who have been infected by Ebola in Liberia.
It wasn’t immediately known when the 2 Americans — identified as Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol — would arrive in the US. They are expected to be taken to facilities in Atlanta, Georgia located near the CDC headquarters.
This latest outbreak involves the most deadly strain in the Ebola virus family. Contrary to popular MSM reporting insisting that Ebola is only transferred by physical contact with bodily fluids there’s much scientific evidence that the disease can be spread without any form of contact. In late 2012, Canadian scientists discovered that the deadliest form of the virus, which is the strain currently ravaging Africa, could be transmitted by air between species. They managed to prove that the virus was transmitted from pigs to monkeys without any direct contact between them, leading to fears that airborne transmission could be contributing to the wider spread of the disease in parts of Africa.
While Ebola doesn’t fit the medical term for “airborne disease” – which refers to viruses which are spread through the air without the help of liquid carriers, the 2012 findings are concerning as they prove that Ebola can indeed be spread by Aerosol transmission – as in a sneeze or cough. The virus can then survive in the liquid material or even the dried remains of the substance for a number of days.
Also according to the CDC’s bioterrorism documentation the Ebola virus can can be spread “to animals, livestock, for example. Humans then become infected when they care for or slaughter the animals.”
On August 1st (today at the time of this writing) the CDC posted a document on their website titled Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals containing instructions for “all persons, paid and unpaid, working in healthcare settings who have the potential for exposure to patients and/or to infectious materials, including body substances, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, contaminated environmental surfaces, or contaminated air.”
The CDC further confirmed in that post that the virus is in fact a aerosol transmitted disease by urging health care providers to use “Standard, contact, and droplet precautions” for hospitalized patients with known or suspected Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF), also referred to as Ebola Viral Disease (EVD).
Ebola kills between 50% and 90% of its victims. The mainstream news outlets owe the public the truth regarding how it can possibly be spread – including aerosol transmission.
Check back for Ebola Outbreak news often as I’ll be updating this post regularly as developments unfold. This post is pinned to the top of the homepage for convenience.