October 15, 2014

DALLAS HOSPITAL: Second Person Tests Positive For Ebola. “Officials in Dallas say the second health care worker who has tested positive for Ebola was in isolation within 90 minutes of taking her temperature. They also said she lives alone with no pets and decontamination work has begun at her residence.” Was she dating anyone?

UPDATE: Dallas nurses cite sloppy conditions in Ebola care. “A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and the nurses treating him worked for days without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released late Tuesday by the largest U.S. nurses’ union. Nurses were forced to use medical tape to secure openings in their flimsy garments, worried that their necks and heads were exposed as they cared for a patient with explosive diarrhea and projectile vomiting, said Deborah Burger of National Nurses United.”

If you say the government is too big, the response is Oh, you want to starve infectious-disease control for funding? but when you give them the money, they spend it on lesbian-obesity studies instead, and are woefully unprepared for the kind of actual crisis the government is supposed to protect against.

ANOTHER UPDATE: A word on the NIH budget:

It’s worth noting that after the Republican takeover in ’94, the NIH budget rose until the Dems took over Congress in 2006. The Pelosi/Reid congress was the first to flatline the NIH budget in nominal dollars. If they’re not careful, someone might notice, take the Dems at their word that the decreasing NIH budget is the reason we don’t have Ebola drugs yet, and blame the Democrats.

Indeed.

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: More Ebola Cases in Dallas a ‘Very Real Possibility.’ They need to be running down who was in the emergency room that day.