FREAK-OUT: John Boehner Wants Temporary Travel Ban to US From Ebola Hot Zones

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John Boehner Wants Temporary Travel Ban to US From Ebola Hot Zones (Map Credit: WHO)

FREAK-OUT:  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has issued a statement saying President Obama should consider a temporary travel ban to the US from countries afflicted with the deadly Ebola virus. Um, if we instituted a travel ban, couldn’t these people still make it to the U.S. by way of another country?

“Our hearts go out to the health care workers who have contracted the Ebola virus here in the United States, as well as those who have been impacted by it around the globe.  We pray for their speedy recovery, and we pray for those who are helping to treat and care for these individuals, including our medical experts and military personnel who are in West Africa to help stem this deadly disease.  Concerns about the possibility of an outbreak of this sort prompted the House to provide more funding for the CDC than requested, and the tragic developments seen in recent weeks demonstrate that decision was a prudent one.

“In a September 16 speech in Atlanta, President Obama said the ‘chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low.’  Since that time, several Americans have been diagnosed with the virus and untold more potentially exposed to it.  Today we learned that one individual who has contracted the virus flew to Ohio through the Cleveland airport in the last few days.  A temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that the president should absolutely consider along with any other appropriate actions as doubts about the security of our air travel systems grow.

“It is also imperative we ensure that federal, state and local agencies, along with our public health infrastructure, are prepared, remain vigilant, and follow proper protocols to identify the virus and take appropriate measures for those who have been exposed to it.

“Numerous committees – including the House Armed Services Committee and the Committees on Appropriations, Homeland Security, Energy & Commerce, and Transportation & Infrastructure – are actively assessing the administration’s response, and hearings have already begun.  The Homeland Security Committee held a hearing in Dallas to examine the federal, state, and local response thus far.  Tomorrow, the Energy & Commerce Committee will hear from the CDC and NIH to look into their response to the crisis.  These oversight efforts will continue, and the House stands ready to act if it becomes clear legislation is needed to ensure the threat is countered aggressively and effectively.

“The administration must be able to assure Americans that we will stop the spread here at home.  We will continue to press the administration for better information about what steps will be taken to protect the American people, including our troops, from this deadly virus.  And we will work with the administration on appropriate policy options that will help stop the spread of this horrific disease both here in the United States and around the globe.”

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.

Larry Klayman: Obama Must Be “Taken Alive” for Unleashing Ebola on White People

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Larry Klayman: Obama Must Be “Taken Alive” for Unleashing Ebola on White People (Photo Credit: FreedomWatch.org)

Larry Klayman is accusing President Obama of unleashing the deadly Ebola virus on white people. There are no words for this lunacy, but no-one should be surprised at this right wing freakout:

Conservative legal activist Larry Klayman has filed a lawsuit against President Obama for “providing material support and aid to international terrorism and facilitating terrorism” by not implementing a travel ban on people from countries facing an Ebola outbreak.

Health experts have advised against enacting a travel ban, explaining that such a move might actually increase the risk of an outbreak, but Klayman has his own idea as to why the Obama administration hasn’t enacted a ban: anti-white racism.

Klayman writes in his weekly column that “Obama has favored his African brothers over the rest of us by allowing them free entry into this country” and “relegating whites and others who are not black or Muslim to the back of the bus has become an invidious form of reverse discrimination. This was not right when blacks were subjected to this treatment, and it is not right now – particularly given its deadly implications.”

“I do not advocate violence, and I want Obama to be taken alive to be deported and pay for his inadequacies under the rule of law,” Klayman writes. “But he must be forced from office as soon as possible, before all is lost.” Source: Right Wing Watch

I’m pretty sure Rush Limbaugh is giving his two cents too, but why bother commenting on what the nutjobs are saying? It defies logic.

Mark Zuckerberg and Wife to Donate $25 Million to Fight Ebola Virus

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Mark Zuckerberg and Wife to Donate $25 Million to Fight Ebola Virus

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla, are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight the Ebola virus. He posted on his Facebook page that “we believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field” to prevent a “long term global health crisis.”

Priscilla and I are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola.

The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed.

We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.

We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome.

Grants like this directly help the frontline responders in their heroic work. These people are on the ground setting up care centers, training local staff, identifying Ebola cases and much more.

We are hopeful this will help save lives and get this outbreak under control.

To learn more about the fight against Ebola:http://www.cdcfoundation.org/ebola-outbreak

Nurse Nina Pham ID’d as 1st Person to Contract Ebola Virus in US

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Nurse Nina Pham ID’d as 1st Person to Contract Ebola Virus in US (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Nina Pham has been identified as the Texas nurse who caught the Ebola virus while caring for “patient zero” Thomas Eric Duncan at a Dallas hospital.

Nina Pham is a graduate of Texas Christian University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

Pham, 26, from Fort Worth, is listed in “clinically stable” condition on Monday after she admitted herself to a hospital on Friday after her temperature spiked, the Daily Mail reports.

 

Texas Healthcare Worker Tests Positive for Ebola, Would be 1st Transmission in US

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Texas Healthcare Worker Tests Positive for Ebola, Would be 1st Transmission in US (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Texas healthcare worker, who provided care for Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, tests positive for Ebola virus, Texas’ health agency said. The worker was isolated after presenting on Friday with a low-grade fever. The results were from a preliminary test from the state. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will now perform a confirmatory test.

The infected healtcare worker is a female nurse who has asked for privacy. She was part of  a low-risk pool treating Thomas Eric Duncan. What’s troubling is that this nurse was following all the CDC guidelines and wore full protective gear when she came in contact with Duncan, but still became infected.

Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said “We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility.” He added, “We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.”

Health officials have interviewed the patient and are identifying any contacts or potential exposures. People who had contact with the health care worker after symptoms emerged will be monitored based on the nature of their interactions and the potential they were exposed to the virus.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or exposure to contaminated objects such as needles. People are not contagious before symptoms such as fever develop. Source: Texas Dept. of State Health Services

Thomas Eric Duncan died last Wednesday and his remains were cremated. He arrived in the U.S. in last month and went to the hospital complaining of a fever and stomach pains on Sept. 24. He was given antibiotics and sent home. He returned on Sept. 28 when his condition worsened. He was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus. He died nine days later.

If confirmed by the CDC, the healthcare worker’s case would be the first known transmission of the Ebola virus in the U.S. It is expected that the CDC will confirm the state health department’s preliminary results.

The World Health Organization said more than 100 healthcare workers have died of Ebola in Liberia. This comes as healthcare workers in Liberia are threatening to strike if conditions don’t improve.

Dallas Mayor Rawlings said a hazmat team was deployed to her apartment. He also said steps will be taken to care for a pet inside her apartment. This comes as the pet of a nurse in Spain, who contracted the Ebola virus, was euthanized.

Vonderrit Myers Jr., Teen Killed by Off-Duty Officer, Was On Bail in Gun Case

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Vonderrit Myers Jr., Teen Killed by Off-Duty Officer, Was On Bail for Gun Charge (Photo credit: Twitter via @SVohra)

#ShawShooting: Vonderrit Myers Jr., the teen gunned down by an off-duty St. Louis police officer, was wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet as part of his bail release in a gun case. In fact, he was due in court in November on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.

This comes as the family maintains that the teen was not armed when he was shot multiple times by the officer but was carrying a “sandwich.” That’s despite authorities finding a 9mm Ruger gun at the scene of the shooting.

The protests got tense, with angry residents hurling profanities at the officers in the vicinity of the shooting in the 4100 block of Shaw Boulevard Wednesday night.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officer, who is white, was working a secondary job for a private security company, when chased three males and then fatally shot Vonderrit Myers Jr., who allegedly fired three shots at him in a gangway. Dotson said the teen attempted to fire more shots but his gun jammed, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.

Dotson said that at one point, the suspect’s shirt raised and the officer saw what he thought was a gun. “The officer said he wanted to be certain it was a gun and did not fire at that point,” he said.

The chief said the suspect ran up a hill, turned and opened fired on the officer, who returned fire and killed the man. Ballistic evidence shows that the teen fired three shots and tried to fire again but his gun jammed, he said, noting that the 9mm gun was recovered.

The officer, a six-year veteran of the St. Louis police force whose race wasn’t immediately disclosed, fired off 17 rounds. Dotson said he didn’t know how many of those bullets struck the suspect, or why the officer, who wasn’t hurt, fired that many shots. Source: KMOV

I would urge protesters to show restraint and not do further damage to their community by looting and rioting.  If  Vonderrit Myers Jr. shot at an officer, there should be gunpowder residue on his hands. The forensics will tell the truth of what really transpired.

Did the unidentified officer have to fire 17 times and why did he feel the need to approach the three males for a “pedestrian check?”

Updated:  It turns out Vonderrit Myers Jr. did purchase a sandwich:

Watch St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson briefs reporters on the Shaw shooting:

Texas Deputy Michael Monnig Taken to Hospital with Ebola Symptoms

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Texas Deputy Michael Monnig Taken to Hospital with Ebola Symptoms (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Dallas County sheriff’s deputy Michael Monnig has been hospitalized with Ebola symptoms, one week after he went unprotected into the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan.

Deputy Michael Monnig went to an urgent-care facility, CareNow, in Frisco, Tex., with his wife after complaining of stomach problems.

Deputy Monnig and the other two health officials, Zachary Thompson and Christopher Perkins, with him were wearing protective clothing or masks when they entered the apartment to serve quarantine papers.

Thomas Eric Duncan died Wednesday morning from the virus.

It will take about 48 hours to determine if Sgt. Michael Monnig has the Ebola virus.

 

US Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan Dies in Dallas Hospital

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US Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan Dies

EBOLA PATIENT THOMAS ERIC DUNCAN DIES: US Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan died Tuesday morning in a Dallas hospital. He had been on a ventilator and was getting kidney dialysis after being in isolation for days. Duncan had come to the U.S.  from Liberia in September to marry his girlfriend, Louise Troh.

Thomas Eric Duncan had been accused by the Liberian government of lying on his health form before departing for the U.S. two weeks ago. He had helped a pregnant woman into a taxi. She later died.

I should add, that the involvement of Rev. Jesse Jackson will change things. One has to wonder if there are any legal repercussions that the hospital may face particularly since Duncan was turned away when he first sought medical treatment.

Thomas Eric Duncan was the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. of the deadly disease.

The hospital issued the following statement:

It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 am. Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle. Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing. We have offered the family our support and condolences at this difficult time.

Here’s a Facebook post from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings: