Oct 16, 2014

By Jane Brown

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An apology has been made by a Dallas hospital spokesperson for blunders in handling Ebola.

Doctor Daniel Varga at Texas Presbyterian Health Dallas Hospital says the case of Thomas Duncan was “mishandled” and they are “deeply sorry.”  Duncan was the Ebola patient who was originally sent home from the hospital even after he had a fever and said he was from Liberia. Varga says the hospital has made several policy changes such as updating the emergency department screening process to include a patient’s travel history and increasing training for staffers.

At the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, experts are considering putting 76 healthcare workers at Texas Presbyterian on the no-fly list.  The proposal comes after news that their colleague, Amber Vinson,  flew home from Cleveland to Dallas after reporting a fever.  CNN is reporting that prior to boarding a plane to return to Dallas, Vinson called the CDC to report an elevated temperature of 99.5 farenheit, but according to a federal official, was not told to stay grounded.  Vinson is the second nurse at that hospital to contract Ebola.  She is now being treated at Emory hospital in Atlanta.  Emory is the same hospital where two other Ebola patients who contracted the virus outside the U.S., have been successfully treated.

The Ebola infections in the U.S. are cause for concern here in Canada.  But Doctor Zach Levine, the house doctor on the New AM 740’s Goldhawk Fights Back, says there’s no need to panic.  “If there’s any positive to come out of it, it’s that it lights a bit of a fire amongst healthcare professionals, and also people in general just to be concerned and learn a little bit more about it and hopefully take precautions,” Levine explained, “so if a case does come close to us, we know what to do to contain it as quickly as possible and make sure it’s not spread.”

U.S. President Barack Obama is warning that Ebola could spread globally if the world doesn’t respond to the outbreak in West Africa.  He says the U.S. monitoring of Ebola must be “much more aggressive.”


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