Thursday, October 16, 2014

Second Ebola - Stricken Nurse Dealt With Duncan's Bodily Fluids And Had Traveled To Ohio Over Weekend To Plan Her Wedding Before Boarding Flight Home With 99.5F Fever

Obama, CDC LIE when saying nurse showed no symptoms, continue to downplay outbreak in order to save airlines from bankruptcy, responsibility for importing Ebola into America: The 5th Estate urges the public to AVIOD FLYING, UNNECESSARY TRAVEL    

By Nick Fagge, Paul Thompson, Louise Boyle, Annabel Grossman, Dan Bates

The second nurse to contract Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital will be transferred to Emory University Hospital today.

A nurse arrives to decontaminate Bend East site
Amber Jay Vinson, 29, from Akron, Ohio, was the second nurse in a matter of days to be diagnosed with the deadly virus in Dallas and was described as 'ill but clinically stable' after going to Texas Health on Tuesday with a low-grade fever. 

She is set to be flown to Emory in Atlanta, Georgia, which treated Ebola patients, Nancy Writebol and Kent Brantly, in quarantine units with staff specially-trained in infectious diseases. Both patients recovered.

Miss Vinson's stepfather, Ronald Schuler, told MailOnline on Wednesday: 'Right now she's doing OK. Her temperature is going down. We don't want to do a lot of talking about it now. She's OK. The main concern is for her to get better.'

It also emerged on Wednesday that the nurse had traveled on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland, Ohio to Dallas-Fort Worth, the day before she was diagnosed, after spending five days in her home state to plan her wedding. 

The CDC said the 29-year-old had a temperature of 99.5F - just below the threshold of 100.4F, which is symptomatic of Ebola, when she boarded the flight. The CDC has asked all 132 passengers to get in touch as an extreme precaution.

CDC director Dr Tom Frieden said on Wednesday that Miss Vinson ‘should not have traveled on a commercial airline’ while self-monitoring for Ebola symptoms.

The registered nurse was one of 76 medical staff being monitored at Texas Presbyterian who were involved in the care of 'patient zero' Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from Ebola a week ago. 

Medical records released by Mr Duncan's family show Miss Vinson inserted catheters, drew blood, and dealt with Duncan's body fluids before he died. According to CDC guidelines, the nurse should have limited her movements - but Dr Frieden was unclear whether Miss Vinson was actually told not to travel on a plane. He said CDC guidelines would be updated to clarify that air travel should not occur. 

He also noted that Miss Vinson had flown to Ohio before the first nurse with Ebola, 26-year-old Nina Pham from Fort Worth, was diagnosed with the virus. Miss Pham was described as being in an 'improved condition' on Wednesday. 

President Obama canceled trips to New Jersey and Connecticut today for a Cabinet meeting as fears mounted over the spread of Ebola. 

Miss Vinson's grandmother, Martha Schuler, said family members had made a mercy dash from their home in Ohio to be with her. 

Obama can't keep his lies straight
Mrs Schuler said: 'I spoke to my son and he said that she works in that hospital and that she was exposed. Amber's mother has flown down to be with her.' 

Mark Williamson, of Akron public school system, said Amber Vinson is a 2003 graduate of Firestone High School. 

Miss Vinson was visiting relatives who work at Kent State University in Ohio this weekend. According to CBS, the nurse had flown to Ohio to plan her wedding for five days between October 8-13. 

Three relatives, who were in contact with the nurse while she was potentially contagious, have been identified and were asked to stay off-campus for the next 21 days to self-monitor for signs while on paid leave.

One individual had reportedly already placed himself in self-quarantine. 

Miss Vinson had reportedly been in Ohio to visit her mom and fiancĂ©. 

Dr Angela DeJulius told CBS: 'It’s important to note that the patient was not on the Kent State campus. She stayed with her family at their home in Tallmadge, Summit County and did not step foot on our campus.'

The nurse attended the university and graduated in 2008. 

Her exact whereabouts would take some time to be determined, officials said. 

The CDC said on Wednesday that Ebola-stricken nurses, Miss Vinson and Miss Pham, spent extended periods of time with Duncan while he was highly contagious and suffering from a great deal of vomiting and diarrhea. 

It is not clear how she contracted the virus but Dr Frieden said today that some health professionals had been doubling up on gowns and gloves out of fear of catching Ebola. However layers made the chance of contamination easier, he said.

The CDC was also 'intensively' assessing four other health workers who had come into contact with Mr Duncan. 

Miss Vinson reported to Texas Presbyterian with a fever on Tuesday and was isolated within 90 minutes.

The preliminary Ebola test was run late on Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and results were received at about midnight. 

Health officials have interviewed Miss Vinson to identify any contacts or potential exposures and have said that those people will be monitored.

The woman lives alone and has no pets. 

Miss Vinson's Dallas apartment in the 6000 block of apartment community, The Village Bend East was being decontaminated today.

Emergency responders surrounded the building and Dallas firefighters in hazmat suits were seen entering the home while it was still dark. 

City officials said they had contacted all 330 apartments in the complex where Miss Vinson lives.

Sana Syad, spokesman for the city of Dallas, said efforts were being made to trace all people who had contact with the 29-year-old.

The nurse's car was located at the hospital and would be decontaminated later on Wednesday.

Ms Syad said residents were appreciative that they were being kept informed of what was happening.

'We want them to be aware that if they see people in hazmat suits they know what is going on,' she said. 'We are trying to get the message out as fast as possible.'

Syad said residents within a four-block radius of the latest victim's apartment were being alerted and given a leaflet warning them about the proximity of a victim carrying the Ebola virus.

The openness is in marked contrast to how authorities reacted when Mr Duncan was first diagnosed with very little information released to the public.

Residents at the apartment complex were handed flyers informing them about the spread of the disease.

Police distributed a single page to the hundreds of families living in the Green on the Village apartment complex in the west of the city. 

A police mobile command unit was set up in a parking lot while police went door to door with the leaflets.

The information sheet, which listed facts about Ebola, was an attempt to quell fears among residents about the deadly virus. 

The flier was headlined: 'This is an important message from the City of Dallas.'

It read: 'Please be advised that a health care worker who lives in your area has tested positive for Ebola. This individual is in the hospital and isolated. 

'Precautions are already in progress to clean all known potential areas of contact to ensure public health.

'While this may be concerning, there is no ongoing danger to your health. The virus does not spread through casual contact.

'The City of Dallas is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dallas County, Dallas Independent Schools District and Community leaders to protect your health.' 

Again, a nurse puts self interests over public
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins told a news conference on Wednesday morning: 'No one wants to get this more right than our hospital... where this insidious disease has now attacked two of our own.'

He added that the nurse was 'a heroic person, a person who is dedicating her life to serving others'.

The city mayor, Mike Rawlings, warned the public that the Ebola crisis 'may get worse before it gets better'. 

Dr Daniel Varga, who oversees Texas Presbyterian, said the crisis was 'unprecedented' but denied that the hospital had an institutional problem when it came to protecting their medical staff treating Ebola.

Health officials were unable to provide the exact time when the second healthcare worker presented with symptoms. 

However officials seemed to say that the 76 employees who had treated Duncan were not currently going to work. 

Another 48 people are being monitored after contact with Mr Duncan before he was hospitalized.

One man who had contact with Miss Pham is also being monitored in isolation at Texas Presbyterian. 

The CDC said in a statement today: 'An additional health care worker testing positive for Ebola is a serious concern, and the CDC has already taken active steps to minimize the risk to health care workers and the patient.' 

Nurse Nina Pham, 26, was also being treated for Ebola after becoming infected with the disease while caring for Mr Duncan at Texas Presbyterian.

Miss Pham, a Texas Christian University nursing school graduate, is in isolation at the same hospital. 

Her condition improved after receiving a blood transfusion from Ebola-survivor Dr Kent Brantly.

The nurse was reportedly in good spirits and had spoken to her mother via Skype.

In a statement released by the hospital on Tuesday, she said: 'I'm doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers.

'I am blessed by the support of family and friends and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world here at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.'

The 26-year-old was one of a team of 76 medical staff who cared for Mr Duncan, 42, after he was diagnosed with the virus following his arrival in the U.S. from Liberia.

One man, believed to be her boyfriend, is also in isolation after coming in contact with Miss Pham while she was potentially contagious. The nurse's dog, a King Charles Spaniel called Bentley, is also being monitored for Ebola symptoms.

The second case of Ebola contracted at a U.S. hospital came as nurses at Texas Presbyterian angrily insisted there were no protocols in place for dealing with the virus - and claimed that no hospital in the country was prepared to deal with the deadly virus.

The director of the National Nurses Union RoseAnn DeMoro directly contradicted the CDC's initial claim that a breach in protocol led to the infection of Miss Pham as she treated Mr Duncan.

Ms DeMoro said: 'Our nurses are not protected, they're not prepared to handle Ebola or any other pandemics.

'The protocols that should have been in place in Dallas were not in place and are not in place anywhere in the United States, as far as we can tell.'

Hazardous waste from Duncan was 'left to pile up to the ceiling in one room', according to the nursing organization. 

Nurses were forced to use medical tape to secure openings in their flimsy garments, worried that their necks and heads were exposed as they cared for a patient with explosive diarrhea and projectile vomiting, said Deborah Burger of National Nurses United. 

Despite wearing protective gear that included gowns, gloves, masks and face shields while caring for Mr Duncan, Miss Pham became the first person to contract the disease in the U.S.

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) Dr Thomas Frieden has blamed a 'breach in protocol' of infection control lead Miss Pham to catch Ebola.

Mr Duncan arrived in Texas from Liberia on September 20. He began showing symptoms of Ebola three days after his arrival and was admitted to Texas Presbyterian Hospital on September 28. He died on October 8.

Presbyterian's chief clinical officer, Dr Dan Varga, said all staff had followed CDC recommended precautions – 'gown, glove, mask and shield' – while treating Mr Duncan.

On Monday, the CDC said that a critical moment may have come when Miss Pham took off her equipment.

An immediate review has been launched into the procedures and equipment used by healthcare workers.

Dr Frieden added that the case 'substantially' changes how medical staff approach the control of the virus, adding that: 'We have to rethink how we address Ebola control, because even a single infection is unacceptable.' 

Ms. Pham was diagnosed after admitting herself to hospital on Friday when her temperature spiked - one of the first symptoms of the deadly virus. 

Her treatment has included a blood transfusion from recovered Ebola patient, Dr Kent Brantly, 33, and she is receiving experimental drug brincidofovir, or CMX001.

It was the third time Dr Brantly has donated blood to an Ebola victim after medics discovered he had the same blood type as previous patient Dr Nick Sacra and NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who is still being treated. 

Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever which has no proven cure, has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa since an outbreak that began in March.

The World Health Organization has called the outbreak 'most severe acute health emergency in modern times'.

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