A nurses' union slams the hospital where Duncan died
The CDC forms an Ebola response team
WHO estimates there will be up to 10,000 new cases by December
A second worker tests positive for Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. A nurses’ union issues a blistering critique. And WHO fears the outbreak will get far worse before it gets better.
With multiple developments under way, here’s what you need to know Wednesday to get caught up on the latest on the Ebola outbreak:
Another worker tests positive
A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for Ebola, the state Department of Health says. The hospital will now monitor all those who had contact with the worker for signs of potential exposures.
Major allegations against Texas hospital
The guidelines were constantly changing and “there were no protocols” at Texas Health Presbyterian, the co-president of National Nurses United says. It’s here that Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan died, and nurse Nina Pham contracted the virus caring for him. Protective gear nurses initially wore left their necks exposed; they felt unsupported and unprepared, and they received no hands-on training, co-president Deborah Burger says. The hospital says compliance and employee safety is its top priority.
Duncan should have been moved?
Duncan should have been transferred immediately to either Emory University Hospital in Atlanta or Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, an official close to the situation says. Those hospitals are among only four in the country that have biocontainment units and have been preparing for years. “If we knew then what we know now about this hospital’s ability to safely care for these patients, then we would have transferred him to Emory or Nebraska,” the official says.
Recuperating nurse thanks supporters
Nina Pham, who conracted Ebola while caring for Duncan, says she’s doing well. “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,” she said Tuesday.
Obama says the world isn’t doing enough
U.S. President Barack Obama says he’ll reach out directly to heads of state to encourage other countries to do more to fight back. “There are a number of countries that have capacity that have not yet stepped up. Those that have stepped up, all of us, are going to have to do more,” he says.
CDC forms Ebola response team
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is establishing an Ebola response team so that whenever there’s a confirmed case anywhere in the country, “we will put a team on the ground within hours,” Director Dr. Tom Frieden says. Such a team, Frieden says, might have prevented Pham from contracting the disease.
WEST AFRICA DEVELOPMENTS
Expect 5,000 to 10,000 new cases
The World Health Organization estimates that there will be 5,000 to 10,000 new Ebola cases weekly in West Africa by the first week of December. As of Tuesday, there’s been 8,914 cases and 4,447 deaths, but WHO says that total’s under-reported. The mortality rate’s climbed from 50% to 70%.
IN OTHER COUNTRIES
U.S. seeks use of Spanish bases
The United States is seeking permission to use Spanish bases to help transport and logistics support for the military mission to help fight Ebola. American transit and logistics flights have already been approved in a case-by-case by Madrid, but Washington hopes for a more blanket agreement.
Spanish nurse’s assistant serious but better
Teresa Romero Ramo, a nurse’s assistant in Spain who contracted Ebola, is still in serious condition, but doing better, officials say.
CNN’s Dana Ford, Catherine E. Shoichet and Anna Maja Rappard contributed to this report.