The Spanish Nurse, Maria Romero, has just 48 hours left to wait before, if tests confirm, she can be declared Ebola-free. The NBC Cameraman in the United States is also reported to be doing well. However, while isolated cases in the West are fairing better, West Africa continues to need support. Just today, Sierra Leone reported an increase in cases in the western part of their country. Here is the round-up of the day’s stories:
- US Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has planned to introduce legislation that would call for a ban on issuing travel visas to citizens of affected countries. The legislation will extend to any country affected by the virus.
- The Republic of Rwanda has introduced screening for anyone who has been in the United States or Spain. Individuals will have to report their medical condition upon arrival regardless of whether they show symptoms but only if the 21 day incubation period is still applicable. A full travel ban remains in place for nationals of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal.
- The CDC in the United States says that any future people who test positive for the disease will be sent to a smaller list of hospitals that have better capability at handling the virus. Changes in protective gear protocols have also been introduced. Frieden described treating Ebola as ‘hard’. The difficulty in implementation of protocols has placed the CDC under scrutiny.
- The ABC Foundation who aims to promote Ebola awareness was chased out of Workpor Town in Margibi County, Liberia. The residents denied the existence of Ebola and also accused the organisation, among others, of spreading the virus.
- A man who was on the Carnival Cruise ship that carried a suspected Ebola patient has said that his daughter was asked to leave a new job she had secured prior to the cruise before she even started. The owner of the event planning company disputes the facts and said the daughter was requested to delay training for a week and provide a letter from the CDC declaring her Ebola free. The daughter then allegedly chose not to continue. The suspected case, a lab-worker, tested negative.