Texas Hospital Apologizes for Misdiagnosing 1st US Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan

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Texas Hospital Apologizes for Misdiagnosing 1st US Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan

Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, apologized for initially misdiagnosing Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the U.S.

In a testimony prepared for a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Varga admits mistakes were made during Duncan’s care when he first arrived at the hospital’s emergency room, NBC DFW reports.

“Unfortunately, in our initial treatment of Mr. Duncan, despite our best intentions and a highly skilled medical team, we made mistakes,” Dr. Varga’s testimony says. “We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry.”

Varga also admits in his prepared testimony that the hospital didn’t provide accurate information after it was discovered they were caring for the nation’s first Ebola patient.

“Also, in our effort to communicate to the public quickly and transparently, we inadvertently provided some information that was inaccurate and had to be corrected. No doubt that was unsettling to a community that was already concerned and confused, and we have learned from that experience as well,” Varga’s testimony says.

Sounds like the hospital will be on the hook for misdiagnosing Thomas Eric Duncan and failing to adequately train and prepare the medical team that cared for him.  One person is dead and two others have contracted the disease. Seems to me like an apology is virtually meaningless.

St. Lucia Bans Visitors from Ebola-Stricken Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone

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St. Lucia Bans Visitors for Ebola-Stricken Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

St. Lucia has become the first Caribbean island to bar entry to travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone due to the Ebola epidemics. Prime Minister Kenny Anthony said the ban will lessen the chances of the virus being introduced by an infected traveler.

Separately, the Colombian government also said it will bar anyone traveling to five African countries within the four preceding week from entering the country. The countries included in the travel ban are Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Senega. The ban applies to any travelers requiring a visa who have visited the five countries.

 

“Rush Hour” Actress Elizabeth Pena Dies at Age 55

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“Rush Hour” Actress Elizabeth Pena Dies at Age 55 (Photo Credit: Cinema.de)

#RIP: Actress Elizabeth Pena, who appeared in “Rush Hour” and “The Incredibles,” dies at age 55. She died on Oct. 14 of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a brief illness.

Her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles, shared the news in an obituary on the site. He said Pena died Oct. 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

In John SaylesLone Star (1996), Pena was memorable as the history teacher who rekindles a teenage love affair with Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper). She recently guest-starred in a pair of Modern Family episodes as the mother of Sofia Vergara’s character, Gloria. Source: Hollywood Reporter

Elizabeth Pena is survived by her husband Hans Rolla and their daughter Fiona and son Kaelan, as well as her mother and sister.

Amber Vinson ID’d as Second Nurse to Contract Ebola Virus in US

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Amber Vinson ID’d as Second Nurse to Contract Ebola Virus in US (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Daily Mail:  “Amber Vinson, 26, who is originally from Ohio, was identified by her stepfather as the second nurse to contract Ebola in Dallas while caring for ‘patient zero’ Thomas Duncan. The nurse’s grandmother, Martha Schuler, added that family members had made a mercy dash from their home in Ohio to be with her. Miss Vinson, a registered nurse, was one of 76 medical staff who cared for Mr Duncan in Dallas, the first person to die from the virus on U.S. soil.”

Nina Pham was the first person to contract the Ebola virus in the U.S. She also cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, at the Dallas hospital.

Amber Vinson reportedly flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Frontier Airlines the day before presenting symptoms, according to CDC, Frontier – @NBCNews
Washington Post:  The CDC is tracking down all 132 passengers on the airplane that Ebola-infected health care worker took on Monday.

Second Texas Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola Virus

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Second Texas Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola Virus

A second health care worker who cared for patient zero, Thomas Eric Duncan, tests positive for the Ebola virus. The Daily Mail identified her as Amber Jay Vinson, 26. Here’s more from the Texas Department of State Health Services:

A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has tested positive for the disease.

The health care worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated at the hospital.

Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored. The type of monitoring depends on the nature of their interactions and the potential they were exposed to the virus.

The Texas Department of State Health Services also continues to monitor people who came into contact with the first two Ebola patients diagnosed in the state. The first was a man who had recently arrived in the U.S. from Liberia, where there is an ongoing Ebola outbreak. The second was another health care worker who provided care for the initial patient while he was in the hospital.

Nina Pham was the first person who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan to contract the deadly disease. She received a blood transfusion for Dr. Kent Brantly and is said to be in good spirits.

GA GOP Staffer Maret “Mack” Burgess Killed in Car Crash on GA 400

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GA GOP Staffer Maret “Mack” Burgess Killed in Car Crash on GA 400

Georgia Republican Party staffer Maret “Mack” Burgess,25, was killed in a wreck on Ga. 400 Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Nathan Deal said.

Mack Burgess died in a rollover wreck near I-285 and the Ga. 400, temporarily blocking all northbound lanes, shortly after 1:20 p.m., Sandy Springs police say.

Burgess was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. No word on the condition of the driver of the second vehicle.

The wreck happened shortly after 1:20 p.m. and involved two cars, according to investigators. Burgess was transported to a hospital, but did not survive.

Mack Burgess, of Roswell, graduated from Centennial High School in 2008, and from the University of Tennessee in 2012. He was the president of the university’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and was active in the student government, Gov. Deal’s office said. He is the son of Banks and Missy Burgess.

 

Emory Backtracks on Claims DeKalb Threatened to Cut Sewer Lines Over Ebola Patients

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DeKalb County Threatened to Cut Emory Sewer Lines Over Ebola Fears (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

EBOLA VIRUS: DeKalb County threatened to cut off the sewer lines to Emory University in August, when Ebola patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and mission worker Nancy Writebol, arrived at the hospital for treatment, the New York Times reports:

Federal health officials have offered repeated assurances that most American hospitals can safely treat Ebola, but Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which had years of preparation for just such a crisis, found out how hard that is while it cared for three Ebola patients.

As doctors and nurses there worked to keep desperately ill patients alive in August, the county threatened to disconnect Emory from sewer lines if Ebola wastes went down the drain. The company that hauled medical trash to the incinerator refused to take anything used on an Ebola patient unless it was sterilized first. Couriers would not drive the patients’ blood samples a few blocks away for testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And pizza places would not deliver to staff members in any part of the hospital.

This comes as the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll found a majority of Americans are concerned about the deadly virus:

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they are concerned about an Ebola outbreak in the United States, and about the same amount say they want flight restrictions from the countries in West Africa where the disease has quickly spread.

A new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News shows 67 percent of people say they would support restricting entry to the United States from countries struggling with Ebola. Another 91 percent would like to see stricter screening procedures at U.S. airports in response to the disease’s spread.

Ebola has entered the political fray. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is testing an Internet ad blaming the GOP-led budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and other health agencies for a lack of preparation in a potential pandemic, while protecting tax breaks for special interests like big oil:

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Ebola enters politics as Democrats blame GOP for budget cuts to CDC

This comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that Ebola epidemic could lead to failed states, BBC News reports. WHO chief Margaret Chan ssaid the outbreak, which has killed about 4,000 people in West Africa, has led to a “crisis for international peace and security.” She warned that the cost of panic is “spreading faster than the virus,” BBC News reports.

UPDATE # 10/14/14 5:09 P.M.:  Emory is backtracking on claims DeKalb County threatened to cut sewer lines over Ebola patients. Vincent Dollard, associate vice president of health science communication released the following statement to the Political Insider:

“Emory University Hospital has been treating patients with Ebola virus disease in its Serious Communicable Diseases Unit since August 2. During the early stages of this pioneering treatment of patients with Ebola virus disease in the United States, Emory established waste management protocols with local utilities and vendors, along with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Emory and DeKalb County did communicate about waste management. However, Emory was mistaken in saying that DeKalb County threatened to disconnect it from the sewer line.

“Emory used a large autoclave to sterilize medical waste so that it could be removed by its waste management vendor.

“Originally, couriers would not drive blood samples from Emory to CDC, but that was quickly resolved in discussions with CDC.

“And pizza delivery to the hospital was refused by at least one vendor early in the process.”

Nina Pham Gets Blood Transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly Unlike Thomas Eric Duncan

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Nina Pham Gets Blood Transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly Unlike Thomas Eric Duncan (Photo Credit: White House/Pete Souza)

It’s incredible that the Nina Pham, the first person to contract the Ebola virus in the U.S. match Dr. Kent Brantly’s blood type, much like previous patient Dr. Nick Sacra and NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, but Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan wasn’t. Doctors believe the transfusion could save Nina Pham’s life.

Nina Pham contracted the Ebola virus while providing care for Thomas Eric Duncan, who contracted the disease from a pregnant woman who he helped carry before he left Liberia to visit family in the Dallas-area.

Dr. Brantly reportedly made the donation to Nina Pham Sunday night. Her condition is described as “clinically stable” on Tuesday morning and she is said to be  in good spirits. The Dallas News reports that Ms. Pham’s boyfriend is being monitored for Ebola symptoms in an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

One has to wonder why the black guy died and all the white people survived? If Thomas Eric Duncan lied on his health form with full knowledge that he was exposed to the Ebola virus to get on a plane to come to the U.S., then he was wrong. But we should respect him for helping someone in distress as he did when he helped to carry the pregnant woman. I take him at his word, that he didn’t know she was stricken with the Ebola virus. Did the hospital really do all it could to save his life?

Iggy Azalea Gets Six American Music Awards Nods, Including One for Rap

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Iggy Azalea Gets Six American Music Awards Nods, Including One for Rap (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Iggy Azalea gets six American Music Awards nominations, including one in the rap/hip-hop category. Um, haters are going to hate because she’s white.

Australian-born Iggy Azalea is up for artist of the year, new artist of the year, single of the year, favorite female artist – pop/rock, and favorite artist and album in the rap/hip-hop categories, Billboard reports.

Bill Hader Skit: SNL’s Impoverished “Africans” Demand More Than 39 Cents A Day

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SNL Bill Hader Skit Seeks 39 Cent Donations for Impoverished Africans (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader hosted the show last night and headlined a commercial asking for donations of 39 cents for impoverished “Africans.”

One person implored Charles Daniels, played by Hader, to “ask for more,” while others joined in saying that wasn’t enough and why didn’t he ask for 99 cents instead.

Daniels said 39 cents was “all they need” and was “decided by very educated and caring people.”

It was hilarious when the ‘starving’ villagers asked Charles Daniels what country he was in and he said “Africa.” Um, he wasn’t. The skit ended with a “villager” telling viewers to send $200 cash or else!

Bill Hader’s monologue was also funny: