Ebola news: New health care worker guidelines; test back for lab worker on cruise; yelling ‘Ebola’ in a crowded courtroom

New, stricter restrictions will be put into place for American health care workers who are dealing with patients suspected of or diagnosed with the Ebola virus.

According to a story from Reuters, health officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Sunday that anyone working with a patient suspected of having the virus must completely cover their skin and hair to hopefully help limit exposure.

The worst outbreak of the deadly virus on record is responsible for more than 4,500 deaths.

Here is the latest news about Ebola in the United States:

  • On Friday, Ron Klain, former chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden, was named Ebola “czar.” The announcement immediately drew criticism. Some Republicans complained that Klain has no public health experience, and his only qualifications for the post are that he is a  lawyer and Democratic insider.
  • The two nurses infected with the virus while treating Thomas Eric  Duncan, the Liberian native who died from the Ebola virus in a Dallas hospital, are said to be in stable condition Sunday. One is being treated in Maryland, the other at Emory University hospital in Atlanta.
  • A man in Broward County, Fla., shut down a courtroom in the country jail when he claimed he had Ebola during a bond hearing. Joseph Britton was taken the hospital to be tested. Officials disinfected the areas where he had been heldaccording to a story in the Sun-Sentinel.
  • Ebola Travel Bans
  • In this Oct. 17, 2014, file photo, airport physician Dr. Bargain, right, demonstrates the use of a thermometer on an actor during a visit for members of the media to highlight measures to screen passengers for the Ebola virus, at the Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris. France’s government announced Friday it is strengthening its anti-Ebola efforts, even as it confirmed that no cases of Ebola have been detected in France. Beginning Saturday, temperature checks for passengers arriving in Paris from the Guinean capital of Conakry. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
  • Sunday marks the end of the 21-day incubation period for 48 people who came in close contact with Duncan after he showed symptoms of Ebola. While two health care workers contracted the disease treating Duncan, none of the other 48 people who had close contact with him have shown signs of Ebola.
  • The Washington Post explains, “How the microscopic Ebola virus kills thousands.” See the story by clicking here.
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas, the hospital where Duncan was treated, took out a full page ad in two Texas newspapers apologizing for making “mistakes” in Duncan’s treatment. “The fact the Mr. Duncan had traveled to Africa was not communicated effectively,” the letter, written by Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan, read. “For that we are deeply sorry.” Duncan went to the hospital ER three days before he was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with Ebola. Duncan died Oct. 8.
  • A lab worker who handled blood samples from Duncan, spent the past few days isolated in her room on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Results of blood tests collected while she was on board the Carnival Dream cruise ship revealed she was negative for the virus. The boat docked at Galveston Sunday morning.


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