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.
Teresa Romero, the nurse’s aide who contracted Ebola, no longer has any trace of the virus in her blood.
Unfortunately, she also no longer has a dog, since in a fit of irrational hysteria, the Spanish government killed her rescue mutt Excalibur.
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.
Sen. David “Diaper Boy” Vitter (R-LA) is urging his fellow senators not to approve President Obama’s request for money to fight Ebola because it “focuses on Africa.”
“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.”
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.
Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), says that ebola is “not going to be a huge risk in the U. S.”
Sounds like it’s not going to be a teeny, tiny risk either.
“This [ebola] epidemic is unprecedented, absolutely out of control and the situation can only get worse….”
Bart Janssens, Doctors Without Borders
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.