Good Ebola News for Animal Lovers

Bentley, Dallas nurse Nina Pham’s dog, has tested negative for Ebola.  He will be tested again before his quarantine is up on November 1.  Um, Spain, this is how you do it.  I’m guessing Teresa Romero’s dog, Excalibur, would have been Ebola negative too, but we’ll never know for sure, will we Spain, because you irrationally rushed to kill him.

Pham herself has been upgraded from fair to good at NIH in Bethesda, MD.  I’m looking forward to seeing her reunited with Bentley.

 

Good News for Two of the Americans with Ebola

Ashoka Mukpo, the NBC cameraman who is being treated in Omaha after contracting Ebola in Liberia, has now been declared Ebola-free and should leave the hospital soon.

An American doctor who had been treated at Emory in Atlanta for six weeks after catching Ebola in Sierra Leone, and had requested that he remain anonymous, has now been released.

The Center for Disease Cluelessness

Nina Pham, the first nurse to get Ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan, is about to be moved from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas to NIH in Bethesday, Maryland.  The other nurse, Amber Vinson, has already been moved to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

So it looks as if Texas Health Presbyterian is finally getting out of the Ebola business, which they never should have been in in the first place.

Aside from Emory and NIH, Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana have the specialized containment units and the expertise to deal with diseases like Ebola.

Quote of the Day

“The reality is that this [Ebola] epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better.  But right now, the world still has an opportunity to save countless lives. Right now, the world has the responsibility to act, to step up and to do more. The United States of America intends to do more.”

President Obama

I wish he’d given this speech sooner, but I’m glad we’re finally getting more involved.  There’s certainly plenty of other awful stuff going on in the world, but Ebola has to be a priority too.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta is preparing to receive two ebola patients who will be kept in a special isolation unit.   Good luck with that, Emory.

It’s the two Americans from Samaritan’s Purse who are gravely ill with the disease in Liberia, Dr. Keith Brantly and Nancy Writebol.   They will be flown here individually.  I would like to help them, as well as the Africans currently stricken, with the best help American medicine can offer.  I’d just prefer to do it there, not here.