9 October 2014 - First US ebola patient dies
First Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S. dies
Staff (The Chicago Tribune)
The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died on Wednesday, underscoring questions about the quality of care he received, and the government ordered five airports to start screening passengers from West Africa for fever.
Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan died in an isolation ward of a Dallas hospital, 11 days after being admitted on Sept. 28.
The case has stirred attention and concern that someone with Ebola had been able to fly into the United States from Liberia, raising the specter more passengers could arrive and spread the disease outside of West Africa, where nearly 4,000 people have died in three impoverished countries.
Ameen Auwalii and Alpha Kamara (USA Today)
LAGOS, Nigeria — People here are shaking hands again, kissing, hugging, touching. These days, shops are open, people are working, and children are finally going back to school.
That's because Nigeria — Africa's most populous country — is officially Ebola-free, the health ministry said, even as the deadly virus rages on in neighboring countries, where lockdowns and quarantines are common and death rates are rising.
As the United States and Spain deal with their first diagnosed cases of Ebola and fears that the virus could spread, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending researchers to Lagos to study how Nigeria was able to contain the disease. No new cases have been reported there since Aug. 31, the CDC said.
New US case
Staff (ACBS News)
FRISCO, Texas -- Suburban Dallas officials say a sheriff's deputy who went into the apartment where the first U.S. Ebola patient had stayed is hospitalized "out of an abundance of caution" after falling ill.
But the deputy did not have contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who died today in a Dallas hospital, a spokesman for CareNow told CBS News.
The patient, Michael Monnig, was transported from a Frisco Care Now facility where he was complaining of "stomach issues," sources told CBS station KTVT in Dallas.
The Dallas County Sheriff's office released a statement Wednesday, saying "the deputy expressed concern and we directed that deputy to the Dallas County Health & Human Services for care. We now wait for further information as medical staff attends to the deputy."
Evan Horowitz (The Boston Globe)
With Ebola infections increasing, and the death toll rising, the World Health Organization is now calling Ebola “the most severe acute public health emergency seen in modern times.”
In just the past few days, the virus has infected a nurse in Spain and claimed the life of a Liberian man visiting loved ones in Dallas. On Wedneday, US officials announced a new program to screen airline passengers entering the country from West Africa.
While the sense of alarm is growing, and the US and European nations are taking more precautions, the likelihood that the illness becomes a global pandemic like HIV/AIDS or the 1918 flu remains small.
Yet, the situation in West Africa continues to deteriorate, and it is possible that the virus could claim tens or even hundreds of thousands of lives before it is quelled.
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