We’re going to wrap our coverage of the Ebola cases in the US, Africa and Europe today with a summary of the major developments.
|President Barack Obama speaks (3rd R) during a meeting with cabinet agencies coordinating the government’s Ebola response. Photograph: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS|
- President Barack Obama said the US must respond much more aggressively to prepare at home and confront the outbreak abroad. He said that while risks are low he had ordered the CDC to prepare special teams for rapid response. The White House said “there are likely to be more cases,” and acknowledged “shortcomings” of hospital response in Texas.
- A second health worker contracted Ebola after having treated a man who died from the virus there. Amber Vinson and will be airlifted to Emory hospital in Atlanta, near the Centers for Disease Control.
- Vinson flew just a day before reporting a fever and testing positive. The CDC is trying to reach all 132 people who were on board Frontier Airlines flight 1143, which flew from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth on 13 October.
- The death toll neared 4,500 people since the outbreak began in west Africa, the WHO said, adding that the estimated death rate is now 70% and it’s likely that many deaths go unreported.
- Staff at Presbyterian Hospital allege chaotic scenes and poor safety protocols in dealing with infected patients. The CDC admitted it should have responded faster, and nurses threatened to picket over poor preparations.