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.
CNN Digital Newsdesk Editor Catherine E. Shoichet has been your guide this evening. We're closing the blog for now. Thanks so much for reading. For updates throughout the night, keep checking CNN.com.
Obama meets with Cabinet members to discuss Ebola response
Attendees of the meeting, currently underway in the Oval Office, include Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.
12 contacts quarantined in Ohio
Health officials in Ohio have confirmed 12 contacts of nurse Amber Vinson there. "All 12 are currently under quarantine," Donna Skoda, assistant health commissioner for Summit County Public Health, said in an e-mail to CNN's Mike Ahlers.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has just released this video of nurse Nina Pham before she left the hospital for Maryland.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says it now wants to interview passengers who flew on the flight nurse Amber Vinson took from Dallas to Cleveland last Friday.
"CDC is now asking passengers on Frontier Airlines flight 1142 Dallas/Fort Worth to Cleveland on Oct. 10 and passengers on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Oct. 13 to call 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636)," the CDC said in a statement. "Public health professionals will interview passengers about the flight, answer their questions, and arrange follow up if warranted. Individuals who are determined to be at any potential risk will be actively monitored."
Statement from Vinson's family
CNN affiliate WOIO sent us this statement Kent State University released from nurse Amber Vinson's family. Lawrence Vinson, her uncle, said:
Our family has been overwhelmed with support and love for Amber and our extended family over the last 72 hours, and we thank you for those prayers and well wishes. Amber is stable, and we are continuing to work with her doctors as her treatment progresses. Amber is a respected professional and has always had a strong passion for nursing. She followed all of the protocols necessary when treating a patient in Dallas, and right now, she’s trusting in her doctors and nurses as she is now the patient. To that end, we ask that the media respect Amber’s privacy and that of our family during this overwhelming experience. The time will come down the road for more further public involvement, but for now, your continued love and prayers helps greatly.
Texas Health Dallas employees have two mechanisms available to anonymously raise issues about safety concerns or related matters. It is important to note that no Texas Health Dallas employee did so concerning their care of Mr. Duncan or our two co-workers.
Third parties who don’t know our hospital, our employees and who were not present when the events occurred are seeking to exploit a national crisis by inserting themselves into an already challenging situation. Based on our strong track record of having excellent relationships with our employees, we do not believe it is necessary or helpful for outside parties to intervene in this relationship. Everyone should be focused on supporting each other in our pursuit of learning and continuous improvement that can be applied to hospitals throughout the nation. We are dedicated to providing a wide range of opportunities for employees to give input and influence decision making. From Magnet® designation to multiple Employer of Choice awards, this has long been a recognized strength of our organization.
"We're very concerned by the effort to focus on perceived violations of rules that weren't in place," he said.
Lawrence Vinson also stressed said his family is not involved in any online fundraisers for his niece.
"There are no phone or internet fundraising activities associated in any way with Amber or our family. So at this point we're just asking for your support and prayers, and anything purported to be in support of Amber, that simply is not the case," he said.
And he added one final message from the family:
"We have an entire team of healthcare workers who took on a very difficult mission. We have two members of that team that have been severely impacted," he said. "But we understand that there was a much larger team who all were dedicated and noble in performing their duties. And we want to share our support for that entire community."
Over the weekend, Amber Vinson was in Ohio to plan her wedding.
Today, the 29-year-old nurse is hospitalized in Atlanta, fighting the Ebola virus.
Read more about her here in this story by CNN's Dana Ford.
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