You remember the scenes from relentless news broadcasts, bodies littering the streets of Liberia, the sick contorted and dying.
At that time, President Obama ordered the largest American intervention ever in a global health crisis, deploying nearly 3,000 troops in an effort to stem the urgent Ebola “epidemic.”
Now flash forward to today and the costly treatment facilities sit largely unused. Only 28 Ebola patients have been treated at the 11 treatment units built by the United States military, American officials now say. Continue reading
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
Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan is testing a doctor, Craig Spencer, who was working in Africa with Doctors Without Borders for possible Ebola infection.
**UPDATE: NYC Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola**
“Today, EMS HAZ TAC Units transported a patient to Bellevue Hospital who presented a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms,” Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said in a statement. Continue reading
People in West Africa afflicted with the ebola virus are passing through airport screenings and getting onto planes destined for America by simply lying on a form and dropping ibuprofen to hide fevers.
Ebola-stricken travelers are currently departing Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone by faking out airport screening measures.
“The fever-screening instruments run low and aren’t that accurate,” said infection control specialist Sean Kaufman, president of Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions, a biosafety company based in Atlanta. Continue reading
A Texas man who just got back from Africa has been diagnosed with Ebola.
It is the first such case to be confirmed in the U.S. sine the outbreak was announced.
Authorities with the Centers for Disease Control revealed the finding Tuesday, a day after the unidentified patient arrived at a Dallas hospital with suspicious symptoms. Continue reading
Conspiracy theories, which in general have gained more legitimacy than ever, say the killer Ebola virus is really a planned, staged, and healthcare scam of an outbreak.
With no known cure or vaccine, conspiracy theories claims include, a ploy to get folks to get checkups to the the virus being a CIA-manufactured weapon to a cover for “cannibalistic rituals.”
Angry crowds in Africa have also accused foreigners of bringing the virus into the country. In April, the threat of violence forced Medecins Sans Frontieres to evacuate all its staff from a treatment centre in Guinea. Continue reading
The New York Department of Taxation and Finance says that yoga studios must start to pay the city’s levy.
NYC yoga studios will now have to pay more in taxes than ever before and the city is wasting no time auditing yoga studios, presenting them in some cases with bills for back sales taxes going back three years.
The new tax has invoked protests from around the yoga community who say the new tax policy could not have come at a worse time, with the industry just beginning to get back on its feet after the economic downturn. Stressed out?
Last Monday, at least 70 yoga managers, studio owners and instructors met in the lotus position to discuss the tax issue.