It’s a busy day in the global struggle with the Ebola virus – which the World Health Organization says is getting worse and worse. When the WHO briefed reporters this morning (Eastern Time), it kicked off a busy day of Ebola news.
The head of the CDC was on Capitol Hill for a hearing on Ebola, where members of Congress grilled him on the U.S. response. Meanwhile, his CDC counterparts briefed reporters on Ebola preparedness. And nurse Nina Pham is on the way to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.This blog will keep you updated on the latest Ebola news. You’ll also get a peek at the best reporting from CNN and our affiliates, such as heartbreaking stories about children orphaned by the disease and Liberia’s struggle to secure enough body bags for the dead. Also, check out our full report on today's developments.
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Later today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center
expects to admit the first nurse who contracted the Ebola virus at
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital while providing patient care to the
index patient who died of Ebola. The nurse is being admitted to the
Special Clinical Studies Unit of the NIH Clinical Center at the request
of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. She will receive
state-of-the-art care in this high-level containment facility, which is
one of a small number of such facilities in the United States.
The NIH Clinical Center’s Special Clinical Studies Unit is
specifically designed to provide high-level isolation capabilities and
is staffed by infectious diseases and critical care specialists. The
unit staff is trained in strict infection control practices optimized
to prevent spread of potentially transmissible agents such as Ebola.
No additional details about the patient are being shared at this time.
NIH is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients, NIH staff, and the public.
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