It was a busy day of news with various stories being reported on. Here are some of the highlights:
- The Spanish Nurse who has been named as Maria Teresa Romero Ramos, was reported to have said that she only found out about her diagnosis when she read about it online on her mobile phone.
- Maria’s dog, Excalibur, was put down as per a court order for fears that he might spread the virus. Police clashed with Animal Rights protesters.
- The United States held a Press Conference today to discuss improved security measures. Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC said that they would be stepping up protection. He said the aim of new measures was to “increase safety of Americans”.
- Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security said that five major airports would implement the new security measures. The Airports to be affected would be JFK, Newark, Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare and Atlanta. He also said that measures would include issuing ‘do not board’ orders, information and guidance to travelers, notices at airports and ‘care sheets’ for travelers. He also added that prevention would focus on targeted questions, temperature checking with non-contact thermometers and US based contact information collection.
- Frieden returned to the microphone and said that it was likely some patients would be detained but said that 1 in 500 people travelling from that region have a fever, and it is almost always caused by malaria. He urged malaria medication for people travelling to areas where the disease was common.
- The first patient diagnosed with Ebola on US soil died this morning in a Texas Hospital.
- A second person in Texas is suspected of having Ebola. A Press Conference took pace mid-afternoon where Frisco Officials confirmed that someone had been taken to hospital and was currently being tested. The patient was confirmed as having entered the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan was staying but never actually came into direct contact with the index patient.