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“It was difficult at the beginning as we began to grieve. Her picture was everywhere, in the newspapers, on television, on social media. But now it helps in the sense that people are offering genuine support. This came from our nucleus of family and friends to begin with. But then after that, it has become even bigger. And so, I was comforted by people I know and now I’m being comforted by people I don’t even know.” – Bankole Cardoso

Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh (left in photo above) was the head of First Consultants Medical Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. She was among the health care workers who cared for Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer – Nigeria’s first Ebola patient. Sawyer wanted to leave the hospital but she refused, preventing him from further spreading the virus throughout the city of 20 million people. 

Dr. Adadevoh then came down with the virus herself. She didn’t survive. Her only son, Bankole Cardoso, who turned 26 while his mother was fighting Ebola, shared his thoughts about her life and death – and her legacy.

Read the interview here: A Son Is Lost Without His Mother. So Is A Country

Photo courtesy of Bankole Cardoso.

Doctor in New York City Is Sick With Ebola

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus Thursday, setting off a search for anyone who might have come into contact with him.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center and placed in isolation at the same time as investigators sought toretrace every step he had taken over the past several days.

At least three people he had contact with in recent days have been placed in isolation. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which dispatched a team to New York, is conducting its own test to confirm the positive test on Thursday, which was performed by a city lab.

(More from The New York Times)

Greetings From The Psych Ward

Hey, everyone. I normally don’t do these on my 3-11 shifta, but it’s Friday, so whatever. Anyway, today is pretty hectic on the units. We’re busier than normal, but the rest of the staff and I have got it under control. The patients are all doing well and many are ready to be discharged soon.

For those of you who are new, I work on the psychiatric units at a major hospital in my city as a mental health technician. We provide the vast majority of inpatient care for this area and cover everything from kids to the elderly, depression to schizophrenia, and all forms of addiction. My job is to watch over and care for the patients and to assist the doctors, nurses, and social workers however I can. It’s an interesting job and I love it. Anyway, that’s all for now.

‘Self-monitoring’ snafus: Is THIS the most enraging part of latest Ebola case?

‘Self-monitoring’ snafus: Is THIS the most enraging part of latest Ebola case?

TX. health officials have 48 health care workers who are doing self monitoring for Ebola symptoms.

— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) October 12, 2014

Oh well. “Self-monitoring.” Case closed!

TX health official: 2nd case was NOT part of the original 48 we were monitoring – working on new pool of those we’ll be monitoring

— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) October 12, 2014

As Twitchy readers know, a health…

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Health Worker Quarantined in New Jersey Tests Negative for Ebola


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Nurse’s Ebola quarantine leads to lawsuit for Chris Christie


Nurse Kaci Hickox was released from quarantine Monday, ending a four-day detention that focused the spotlight on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the rights of health care workers and the best way to protect the public from Ebola.Hickox’s detention meant she was confined to an unheated tent, where she was forced to wear paper scrubs and talk with others through a screen. She had no fever, no symptoms and her Ebola test came back negative. Christie defended the policy last week, arguing it protects the public. “These actions that we are taking jointly today are I believe necessary to protect the public health of the people of New Jersey and New York.”But Hickox was not happy to be the first health care worker forced into isolation. In an editorial for the Dallas News, she wrote, “I am scared for those who will follow me.” She also spoke to CNN. Read more trending stories“I completely don’t understand. It is completely not understandable to me. It is not based on any clear public health evidence, and it’s not the recommendation of public health experts and medical health experts at this point.” Yet despite her outrage, the American public has been, at best, dismissive of Hickox’s plight. NBC: “So, we did ask the questions and as I mentioned you guys made a strong statement; 94 percent of you say there should be a mandatory quarantine in the United States.”Some, including many on Twitter, are downright angry about her statements and accuse Hickox of being irresponsible and selfish. But there is at least one place where Hickox is finding some sympathy: the public health community.DR. ANTHONY FAUCI VIA ABC: “First, protect the American public, but do so based on scientific data. … As a scientist and as a health person, if I were asked I would not have recommended that.”Hundreds of medical workers have returned to the U.S. from West Africa since the outbreak began in March. So far, none of those workers has transmitted the disease to anyone else, and there’s no evidence Hickox would have been the first.But as concerns about an Ebola outbreak at home reach a fever pitch, politicians like Christie will feel more pressure to detain medical workers — even when there’s no evidence they’re actually sick.And with or without public support, Hickox’s battle against general quarantines is far from over: her lawyers announced they’ll be suing Christie over the detainment. This video includes images from Getty Images.

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VIDEO: How Christie earned 'worst week in Washington'

VIDEO: How Christie earned ‘worst week in Washington’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ® faced backlash over mandatory quarantine of a nurse who treated Ebola patients and publicly engaged with a heckler at a Sandy anniversary event. The Post’s Chris Cillizza says he had the worst week in Washington.


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Hospital Worker Who Handled Ebola Samples Is on Cruise Ship

A Dallas health care worker who handled clinical specimens from an Ebola-infected patient is on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, with the worker self-quarantined and being monitored for signs of infection, the State Department said in a statement.

The unidentified female worker departed on a cruise ship from Galveston, Texas, Oct. 12 and was out of the country before being notified of active monitoring required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the government statement.

The monitoring was established as two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, tested positive for Ebola.

The hospital worker on the Carnival Magic cruise ship did not have direct contact with patient Thomas Eric Duncan, but may have had contact with his clinical specimens, authorities said. The employee, who has not been publicly identified, has not had a fever or demonstrated any symptoms of illness, authorities said.

“The worker has voluntarily remained in the cabin and the State Department and cruise line are working toCarnival Cruise Line released a statement today acknowledging the situation, stating that the hospital employee is deemed to be “very low risk” to contract the deadly virus.

“We are in close contact with the CDC and at this time it has been determined that the appropriate course of action is to simply keep the guest in isolation on board,” Carnival said in a statement.

Pham arrived in Maryland Thursday to receive treatment at the National Institute of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Meanwhile, Vinson is at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, listed in stable condition, her relatives said.

“Amber is a respected professional and has always had a strong passion for nursing,” a statement from her family says. “She followed all of the protocols necessary when treating a patient in Dallas, and right now, she’s trusting in her doctors and nurses as she is now the patient.”

Federal officials say Vinson may have had Ebola symptoms Oct. 10, the day she flew on a passenger plane from Dallas to Cleveland. As a result, passengers on her Oct. 10 flight will also be monitored, authorities announced.


2nd Dallas nurse with Ebola flew with 132 passengers day before showing symptoms

2nd Dallas nurse with Ebola flew with 132 passengers day before showing symptoms


2nd Dallas nurse with Ebola flew with 132 passengers day before showing symptoms


Amber Vinson, the second Dallas health care worker infected with Ebola, took a flight from Cleveland to Dallas just one day before she reported symptoms of the virus, Reuters reported. The CDC is reaching out to all 132 passengers on the flight.

Vinson, who was identified by her family according to…

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Patient at New York City hospital tests positive for Ebola, reports say

Oct. 8, 2014: Heelth keer wurkers display protectif’ gear, which hospital staff would wear ta protect ‘um frum un Ebola virus infecshun, inside un isolashun room as part o'a media ture n’ t'emergency department o'Bellevue Hospital n’ Munhattun, New York. (REUTERS) DEVELOPING: A docter who …

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Texas Health Care Workers Who Treated Ebola Patient Told to Stay Out of …

Hospital workers who treated the Ebola patient who died at a Texas hospital are being asked to stay away from any public space for 21 days.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has asked the approximately 70 health care workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who entered the room of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan to stay home while they are being monitored during the 21-day Ebola incubation period.

Currently, health care workers are being asked to sign a written acknowledgement that they will not enter a public place. However, if they violate that agreement or refuse to sign it, the state could pursue a court order, which would force them to stay in their home in isolation during the allotted time.

The three-week time frame is due to the approximate incubation period of the Ebola virus, which is 2 to 21 days.

The agreement states that the health care worker will not use public transportation, including a plane, bus or train, and will also not enter any kind of public space, including grocery stores and restaurants.

Two nurses from the Texas Health Presbyterian were infected after treating Duncan earlier this month. One nurse, Amber Vinson, traveled by plane to Cleveland for a trip to plan her wedding. Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that she might have started feeling ill before her first flight and authorities are now working to identify hundreds of passengers who were on the flights with her and could possibly be exposed to the virus.

Duncan’s family members were ordered to remain in quarantine by court order, after they temporarily left their home before it had been sanitized.

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Health Workers on alert after CDC confirms 2nd Ebola case

Health Workers on alert after CDC confirms 2nd Ebola case

A hazmat worker looks up while finishing up cleaning outside an apartment building of a hospital worker, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Dallas. The Texas health care worker, who was in full protective gear when they provided hospital care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died, has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition, health officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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Patient #3 CONFIRMED In Dallas: Total Breakdown in Ebola Control Protocols

Patient #3 CONFIRMED In Dallas: Total Breakdown in Ebola Control Protocols

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Patient #3 CONFIRMED In Dallas: Total Breakdown in Ebola Control Protocols


Last night we updated readers with a report out of Dallas, TX indicating that a third Ebola infection had been identified in the United States. It was originally believed to be the boyfriend of Nurse Nina Pham, who tested positive for the virus earlier this week.

Pham’s boyfriend is still…

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