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originally posted by: ikonoklast
NBC news has released some new information that is extremely disconcerting:
Ebola Victim Thomas Eric Duncan's Nephew: I Had to Call CDC
The first person diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the U.S. wasn't appropriately treated for suspected infection until after a relative personally called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
...Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, was initially sent home from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas when he showed up on Sept. 26 complaining of fever and abdominal pain. He had to return two days later in an ambulance.
That was the day "I called CDC to get some actions taken, because I was concerned for his life and he wasn't getting the appropriate care," Duncan's nephew, Josephus Weeks, told NBC News on Wednesday night. "I feared other people might also get infected if he wasn't taken care of, and so I called them to ask them why is it a patient that might be suspected of this disease was not getting appropriate care?"
...Weeks said the CDC referred him to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, which spoke to him and then took appropriate action. "I called the CDC and they instructed me of the process, and that got the ball rolling," Weeks said.
A CDC spokesman told NBC News the agency could neither confirm nor deny Weeks' account. The hospital did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
SOURCE: NBC News
So first the hospital didn't pass on the information that he had been in Liberia to the doctors treating him the first time and he was sent home with antibiotics.
Then his nephew had to personally call the CDC and ask them why they wouldn't take proper care of someone believed to have Ebola.
But even that wasn't enough. Instead of the CDC taking initiative and immediate action, they instead put the responsibility on the nephew and told him that he should call the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
Fortunately the nephew did all of this and kept calling and bugging people until an ambulance finally picked up his uncle and took him back to the hospital! If the nephew had not taken the initiative when the hospital and the CDC did not, things would be far worse!
But don't worry, the director of the CDC says he has no doubt they will be able to contain this. That seems pretty hard to believe considering how this has been handled so far.
I would like to believe that the CDC and hospitals in America are better prepared to contain and treat Ebola than medical facilities in west Africa. But if the nephew's story is true, it's mind boggling. Denial, incompetence, lack of initiative, irresponsibility, and overconfidence on the part of the CDC and medical professionals seem like an astoundingly bad way to approach this.
originally posted by: windowpane
What's going to happen if someone gets the virus, panics, and goes on the run? You're not going to have a responsible individual in every case.
originally posted by: MarkJS
originally posted by: BlueAjah
a reply to: MarkJS
It's not really as difficult as you think. They should stop all flights out of infected countries to ANY other country.
Only specific approved flights for relief efforts should be permitted out of the affected countries, and they should be strictly monitored and controlled.
Sorry... Sounds good, but fraught with holes in the logic. In that scenario, people would just have to first travel to a country that is allowing flights to other locations, then board there to go where-ever.
Don't give anyone any ideas!
originally posted by: Agit8dChop
Here's a bigger fear..
What's to stop Isis sending a few men to Liberia to handle dead ebola bodies.. Then fly to Heathrow or CDG and touch / interact with as much as possible? a bio bomb waiting to happen
originally posted by: Witness2008
a reply to: ikonoklast
I have been following your chart page. Excellent work.
The next couple of months will be interesting.
Dr. Viray wouldn’t confirm any details about the patient, symptoms, or if the person had recently traveled to West Africa. But she did say red flags for Ebola include fever and recent travel to that area. “Why is this person being isolated?” KHON2 asked. “What we’ve asked the hospitals to tell us about is anyone with a travel history, and anyone with a fever. And when those things come together, we’ve asked them to be very careful and in an abundance of caution while you’re working, for whatever else might be going on, also make sure you isolate against Ebola, just in case,” she said. “So it sounds like this person does have a fever and recently traveled to West Africa,” KHON2 asked. “Again, I can’t be the one to confirm that,” Dr. Viray said.
Texas health officials have ordered four family members who had contact with the Dallas Ebola patient to stay home and not have visitors to prevent the potential spread of disease. The order, hand delivered to Thomas Eric Duncan's relatives Wednesday night by Texas Department of Health Services officials, legally requires the family to comply until at least Oct. 19, when the incubation period has passed and the family is no longer at risk of having the disease. The order also requires the family to be available to provide blood samples and agree to any testing required by public health officials.