While we have been told that the Ebola disease typically dies on surfaces within hours, a study, citing tons of research, concludes it can survive for more than seven weeks under certain conditions.
The tests, conducted by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) found that the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus can live on samples stored on glass at low temperatures for as long as 50 days.
The left-hand charts plot survival rates of Zaire strain of Ebola (Zebov) and Lake Victoria marburgvirus (Marv) on glass (a) and plastic (b) at 4° (39°F) over 14 days. Continue reading
Chris Christie was forced to fold on his decision to quarantine Nurse Kaci Hickox who was being kept in a tent in a hospital parking lot over Ebola.
A title wave of White House pressure effectively reversed Christie’s mandatory 21-day quarantine.
The state-defying u-turn came after Obama successfully lobbied Christie’s New York counterpart, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to relax their quarantine rules. Continue reading
U.S. soldiers returning from Liberia are being quarantined in Vicenza, Italy so they can be tested for the Ebola virus.
There are at least 11 soldiers in isolation.
The soldiers being monitored include Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams who was the commander of the U.S. Army in Africa but turned over duties to the 101st Airborne Division over the weekend, Martin reports. They apparently were met by Carabinieri in full hazmat suits. If the policy remains in effect, everyone returning from Liberia – several hundred – will be placed in isolation for 21 days. Thirty are expected in today, Martin reports. h/t cbsnews
Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of the 101st Airborne Division, assumed command in Liberia on Saturday of the growing contingent of U.S. forces in Liberia.
A 5-year-old boy recently returning to NYC from Guinea was rushed into hospital isolation with symptoms consistent with Ebola.
The boy was fitted in a tiny protective suit and taken by HAZ MAT to Bellevue Hospital Center on Sunday night and immediately placed in isolation.
The boy’s family, who lived in the home with him, were immediately ordered quarantined in their apartment. Continue reading
Kaci Hickox, the nurse held in quarantine over Ebola is planning to file a federal lawsuit to challenge her confinement as a violation of her civil rights.
Hickox broke the news via her lawyer on Sunday.
Norman Siegel, a well-known civil rights lawyer, said that Kaci Hickox’s confinement after she returned from West Africa raised “serious constitutional and civil liberties issues,” given that she remains asymptomatic and has not tested positive for Ebola. Continue reading
Kaci Hickox, the nurse who landed in quarantine in New Jersey upon arriving back home from treating Ebola patients, is speaking out against the hellish living conditions she’s endured throughout her time in isolation.
“This is an extreme that is really unacceptable, and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated,” Kaci Hickox told media Sunday. Continue reading
The Philadelphia Health Department confirmed that they are monitoring approximately 30 people for possibly having the Ebola virus.
The folks in question are not showing any symptoms, but have recently traveled from affected areas.
The individuals, who have not been quarantined, are being asked to “self-monitor,” over a 21-day period. Continue reading
League City, Texas, officials are currently housing a patient who has Ebola symptoms and made recent trip to Africa.
The patient mandated a precautionary lockdown of an emergency clinic as a medical worker said a male patient who had recently traveled from Africa was at the facility and “exhibiting symptoms that could be consistent with Ebola.”
Based on the countries the patient recently visited, the Centers for Disease Control believes there is very little to zero risk of exposure to Ebola, However, It was shortly after 11 a.m. Friday when the staff at Intermediate Medical Care located at 2640 E League City Parkway called authorities. Continue reading
A patient has been admitted to TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, TN., over Ebola-like symptoms.
Local news reporter, FOX 17’s Meagan O’Halloran who reported from the hospital, saw emergency vehicles and people in Hazmat suits. A hospital spokesperson has said that no one at the hospital has Ebola. The ambulance was observed being decontaminated.
An unnamed family of six returning from West Africa, has been quarantined in West Haven over Ebola.
According to West Haven Mayor Ed O’Brien, the family is not showing any symptoms.
The quarantine is in compliance with an emergency order Gov. Dannel Malloy aimed at preventing the spread of the Ebola virus in the state of Connecticut.