AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Abortion rights groups filed an application with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asking it to put on hold a federal appeals court decision allowing new abortion restrictions to go into effect in Texas.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled last week that Texas could begin enforcing requirements that clinics have certain hospital-like settings for surgeries, a regulation that abortion rights groups said was unnecessary and served as a veiled attempt to shut clinics.
WASHINGTON/DALLAS (Reuters) – Federal officials and airlines are discussing whether U.S. airports should screen passengers to identify people who might have Ebola, but the White House on Monday said a ban on travel from West African countries would slow the fight against the virus.
“What we’re looking to do is review these screening measures,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a daily briefing. But officials did not want to impede transport systems used to send supplies and personnel to West Africa to fight Ebola, he said.
DALLAS (Reuters) – The fifth American to contract Ebola in West Africa arrived in the United States for treatment on Monday as the first patient diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil was in critical condition at a Dallas hospital, officials said.
A private plane carrying Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance cameraman for NBC News who contracted Ebola in Liberia, landed in Omaha and was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center. The plane was met by an ambulance staffed by workers in yellow protective suits, NBC video showed. Mukpo, 33, will be treated in a biocontainment center there.
DALLAS, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Some African immigrants in Dallas
are worried that the case of a Liberian man who is sick with
the Ebola virus in a city hospital is generating ill-feeling,
including some taunts and finger-pointing, toward the wider
“Some people around here see us as bringing the disease and
that’s just not right,” said a Liberian who asked to be called
DALLAS (Reuters) – In Dallas and other cities home to large populations of African immigrants, worries are abounding among many that their standing in the United States has been tainted by one Liberian man infected with Ebola being treated in Texas.
“Some people around here see us as bringing the disease and that’s just not right,” said a Liberian who asked to be called Sekou, fearful that he and other West African immigrants are going to face bias in their U.S. home because of the sick man.
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 in a Dallas hospital, as health officials reported tracking scores of possible cases around the country that proved to be false alarms.
The case of Thomas Eric Duncan, who arrived from Liberia two weeks ago, has heightened concerns that the worst epidemic of Ebola on record could spread from West Africa where it began in March and has taken more than 3,400 lives.
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.