Obama Appoints Ebola Czar, Third Health Worker Isolated

By: Friday October 17, 2014 10:50 am

After the CDC had some early missteps with communication and management of the Ebola virus, President Obama announced today that Ron Klain will be the Ebola czar. Klain will be responsible for coordinating the entire federal government’s response to the Ebola outbreak and will be reporting to to the President’s Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco [...]

CDC Approved Symptomatic Nurse With Ebola To Fly

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 5:42 am

ED NOTE: C-SPAN HEARING ONLINE Though the CDC said yesterday Amber Vinson should not have taken a commercial flight, it has now been revealed that Vinson – who had a “low-grade fever” at the time – asked the CDC if she should fly and was told she could. After being cleared by the CDC despite [...]

Second Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola, Nurses Union Says There Were No Protocols

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 10:01 am

A second US health worker has been diagnosed with Ebola. The nurse, Amber Vinson, treated Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Presbyterian Hospital. The first health care worker to be diagnosed, Nurse Nina Pham, also treated Duncan at Texas Presbyterian. That at least two health workers have been infected has raised concerns about more cases and [...]

World Health Organization Warns That Ebola Outbreak Could Lead To Failed States, CDC ‘Rethinking’ Strategy

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 7:37 am

With the Ebola virus spreading out of control in West Africa the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a stark warning that the outbreak could so disrupt communities over such wide areas that countries could become failed states. While over 4,000 people have already died, the infection rate is expected to dramatically rise with the WHO [...]

US Nurse Infected With Ebola May Have Broken Protocol

By: Monday October 13, 2014 7:53 am

Though the Ebola virus is ravaging West Africa with over 4,000 dead, it has so far been limited to two infections and one fatality in the US. But the second person infected after now-deceased Thomas Eric Duncan is raising concerns – a nurse treating Duncan. The nurse was supposed to be safe from the disease [...]

Ebola Cases Break 8,000 As Leaders Say Response Has Failed

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 5:52 am

The world health system, such as it is, has “failed miserably” in its response to the recent Ebola outbreak according to World Bank President Jim Kim. Kim also said that due to those failures the disease will continue to spread throughout the world. Ebola has already killed over 3,800 people in West Africa. Ebola cases [...]

CDC: Up To 100 People May Have Been Exposed To Ebola

By: Friday October 3, 2014 5:32 am

Initial estimates of having Ebola exposure entirely contained were overly optimistic as the Center For Disease Control (CDC) now says as many as 100 people came into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia. Duncan is now hospitalized but was sick and symptomatic for days before being admitted where he could have exposed the 100 [...]

First Ebola Case Found In US

By: Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:49 am

A man who took a flight from Liberia to Dallas, Texas has tested positive for the Ebola virus according to the Center for Disease control.Though there has been an Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa there is little reason to believe that, as things currently stand, there is a reason to worry about an [...]

Government Shutdown Threatening Food Safety

By: Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:53 am

In theory, essential workers should be immune to a government shutdown caused by Congress and the White House not being able to get their act together. The Pentagon has already recalled a sizable portion of their workers back from furloughs. But one function of the government that seems rather essential is, in fact, being threatened [...]

CDC: Suicide Rates Increase During Recessions

By: Friday April 15, 2011 12:40 pm

The CDC has done an eighty-year study of suicide rates and economic performance, which reaches the unsurprising but still bracing conclusion that suicide goes up in times of economic stress. If that’s the case, we’re not only in the midst of the biggest economic hole since the Depression, but the biggest suicide risk. And notably, [...]

GOP Budget Cuts Would Reduce CDC Immunizations for Diseases

By: Tuesday March 22, 2011 9:15 am

I’m not so keen on reporting every single budget cut proposed by the Republican-led House of Representatives, mindful that a high percentage of them will end up going nowhere. But if you believe that a budget is an expression of priorities, you get a sense of the GOP’s priorities here: The House GOP’s 2011 budget [...]

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