DALLAS (Reuters) – The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States took a turn for the worse on Saturday, slipping from serious to critical condition, as health officials reported fielding scores of possible cases around the country that proved to be false alarms.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said news of the Ebola patient in Dallas had alerted hospitals nationwide to check incoming patients for potential risks, particularly those who had recently traveled from the center of the outbreak in West Africa.
DALLAS (Reuters) – A visibly nervous Qeuna Dawson on Friday walked her two boys to the Jack Lowe Elementary School in Dallas, where a student was removed after coming into contact with the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.
“I wanted to keep my boys home but they told me the school is safe. But if I hear of one child sneezing, those boys are staying home,” said Dawson, who lives a stone’s throw from the spot where the infected man was rushed to a hospital.
DALLAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials on Friday broadly defended the response to the country’s first case of Ebola, although one acknowledged that while the government was confident of containing the virus, it had been “rocky” in Dallas where the patient is in serious condition.
Health officials in Dallas charged with checking the spread of Ebola have narrowed their focus to about 50 people who had direct or indirect contact with an infected Liberian visitor, including 10 at high risk who are being checked twice daily for symptoms.
DALLAS (Reuters) – U.S. health officials on Friday said Dallas authorities planned to properly dispose of items in the apartment where the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the country had stayed and where four people close to him are quarantined.
Sheets and other items used by the man have been sealed in plastic bags, but questions have been raised about the delay in sanitizing the apartment since the patient’s diagnosis was confirmed Sunday.
(Reuters) – The U.S. National Institutes of Health plans to admit to one of its special observation wards an American physician exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone, it said on Saturday.
The patient, who has not been identified, was expected to be admitted on Sunday to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for observation and to enroll in a clinical study, the institute said.
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The CEO of the Livestrong cancer foundation started by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong announced his resignation on Tuesday after a tenure in which the organization went from a being global brand to losing millions after Armstrong’s doping scandal.
Doug Ulman, who helped develop the foundation that aids cancer patients and helped steer it through the scandals brought about by revelations of Armstrong’s doping, said he will join Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. judge heard closing arguments on Monday in a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring Texas voters to show identification at the polls, which plaintiffs argue is an attempt to suppress minority turnout.
The case is part of a strategy by the Obama administration to challenge voting laws it says discriminate by race in order to counter a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that freed states from strict federal oversight.
By Jon Herskovitz and Eric M. Johnson
(Reuters) – Police were seeking on Friday to arrest Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson on a charge of injury to a child, a Texas sheriff’s office said, while Peterson’s attorney said the incident resulted from him “using a switch to spank his son.”
The National Football League’s Vikings also said in a statement they will drop Peterson from the team’s roster for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots as the team looks into the matter.
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The Minnesota Vikings said on Friday they were looking at the legal situation of star running back Adrian Peterson after media reports said he had been indicted in a child injury case.
My Fox Houston reported on Friday that Peterson, a Texas native, has been indicted in Montgomery County, north of Houston, for reckless or negligent injury to a child. ESPN said the child may have been an 11-year-old boy.
By Jon Herskovitz and Jim Forsyth
(Reuters) – U.S. detention centers for immigrant families treat those in custody as political pawns and make it difficult for them to obtain due process under U.S. laws, activists said on Friday.
The U.S. government has been rapidly building and expanding facilities to accommodate a flood of children from Central America crossing into the United States, which has placed pressure on the Obama administration to fix what is seen as a humanitarian and diplomatic problem.