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Hospital backtracks, now admits it knew Ebola patient’s travel history


Incompetent is a little kind at this point. It turns out that doctors at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas did know that Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan had traveled to Liberia when they sent him home on September 26, forcing the hospital to “retract” its earlier assertion that a glitch with its electronic medical records system was to blame:

Dallas hospital retracts explanation for missed #Ebola diagnosis; patient now critical: http://t.co/w5rttVdFfn pic.twitter.com/Gv3rfUGkSI

— Yahoo (@Yahoo) October 4, 2014

An excerpt from the report above:

Late Friday – 24 hours after releasing the details in “in the interest of transparency” – the hospital reversed part of its account. Unlike before, they said Duncan’s travel history was visible to all in the hospital’s electronic health record (EHR) system.

“There was no flaw in the EHR in the way the physician and nursing portions interacted related to this event,” the hospital said in a written statement.

But as of Saturday afternoon, no other explanation for the oversight has been given. Emails to the hospital with specific questions from Yahoo News have not been returned for days.

More from Time:

Dallas Hospital Alters Story on Ebola Case http://t.co/P8Ad3jSd49

— Jyoti Zaveri (@JJZaveri) October 5, 2014

Oh, it gets worse: The United States just isn’t ready for Ebola:

Experts warn the US is not prepared to contain #Ebola A deep dive per @LuisTrib @asmeltz http://t.co/Qg6IybSbHy pic.twitter.com/HWP1sVxkNc

— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) October 5, 2014

The expert cited in that Tribune piece says it’s time for travel restrictions on countries affected by Ebola:

“Unless the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention take extreme measures to prevent the universal spread of the disease, we could possibly end up with a pandemic,” said Phenelle Segal, president of Montgomery County-based Infection Control Consulting Services and a former infection prevention analyst for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.

“I think as soon as we started seeing West Africa go out of control with Ebola, that was the time” to halt air travel from the region, said Segal, who supports exceptions for relief workers and aid missions.

That approach might be the only way to contain the outbreak and prevent a global crisis, Segal said. Federal and global health officials argue isolation would risk more economic instability in West Africa while undercutting humanitarian support, worsening the epidemic in the short term and fostering a greater international threat over time.

“The only way.”

And Republican Dan Bongino, candidate for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, sums up what he — and many others — think should happen next:



#Cowboys, rivalry and Ebola: Did this #Texans fan score? See this sign spotted in Dallas to find out [photo]

Unreal: NYT journo reports CDC employee claims the agency is more fearful of THIS than Ebola itself

Dennis Miller slays Obama admin with a simple, yet stinging, Ebola suggestion

Texas patient being evaluated for possible Ebola infection


#BREAKING: Presbyterian Hospital Dallas confirms it has a patient in "strict isolation" to be evaluated for potential #Ebola virus.@CBSDFW

— Tami Carr (@CarrTamicbs11) September 30, 2014

BREAKING: Possible #ebola case would be the 1st diagnosed in USA. Imported. Test results expected tomorrow.

— Janet St. James (@janetstjames) September 30, 2014

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas evaluating patient in strict isolation who may have #Ebola virus. Tests due Tuesday. #khou11

— The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) September 30, 2014

BREAKING: Possible #ebola patient had to recognize the symptoms and seek help. Exposure thru body fluids… so wide exposure unlikely.

— Janet St. James (@janetstjames) September 30, 2014

#BREAKING North Texas Hospital Evaluating Patient For Potential #Ebola Exposure http://t.co/HCjcWWRgtK

— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) September 30, 2014

CBS reports that the hospital released the following statement:

“Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has admitted a patient into strict isolation to be evaluated for potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history. The hospital is following all Centers for Disease Control and Texas Department of Heath recommendations to ensure the safety of patients, hospital staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors. The CDC anticipates preliminary results tomorrow.”


Ebola patient Nina Pham being moved from Dallas to Bethesda, Maryland


Nina Pham, the nurse who had been caring for Thomas Duncan who became the first person to contract the Ebola virus in the U.S., is being moved from Dallas to Maryland.

Dallas nurse Nina Pham is being moved from Dallas to N.I.H., sources tell @elizcohencnn

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 16, 2014

Dallas Ebola patient Nina Pham will be transferred to a National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland. NA-30TH

— CNN Newsource (@CNNNewsource) October 16, 2014

MORE: Nina Pham, Dallas nurse infected with Ebola, expected to be moved to Maryland http://t.co/IKhHdyDhbh pic.twitter.com/Lgo6MIvNLy

— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) October 16, 2014

Pham will reportedly be moved to an isolation unit at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

The follow-up question for many was “why?”

@jaketapper @elizcohencnn Why? Is she sicker or is her hospital not capable of handling Ebola?

— Amy (@Amyatbeach) October 16, 2014

@jaketapper @elizcohencnn Here's the question we all want to know though…. WHY? Are they closing down the #Ebola unit at #Presby?

— McBlondeLand (@McBlondeLand) October 16, 2014

@jaketapper @elizcohencnn Has her health gotten worse…?

— Ana Romanik (@AnaRomanik) October 16, 2014



Nurse infected with Ebola gets transfusion from Ebola survivor [pics]

Dallas nurse SLAMS hospital’s Ebola protocols; They ‘refused’ to work under unsafe conditions

‘Leave her alone’: Nurse diagnosed with Ebola named; Reporter asks her to call

Uh oh: Second Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola; Update: Nurses say they didn’t have proper protective gear

J.R. Salzman won’t be looking for Wendy Davis at the Wheelchair Games


As Twitchy reported, Twitter has discovered that combination which would repel Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis like garlic repels a vampire:

Two things Wendy Davis hates pic.twitter.com/VEVquYjM5R

— Ulysses E. McGill (@Just_a_Texan) October 10, 2014

With that in mind, wounded warrior J.R. Salzman isn’t expecting to run into Wendy Davis at the — gasp — National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Something tells me Wendy Davis wont be attending the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Dallas. https://t.co/TPO7EdMzYA

— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) October 11, 2014

@jrsalzman @jimmyprinceton Probably a scheduling conflict. Blame staff. Off to next screw up.

— GregEsq (@GregEsq) October 11, 2014

@jrsalzman @daveweigel Actually that is EXACTLY what @WendyDavisTexas should do.

— Sloth Fornix (@Slothfornix) October 11, 2014

Look on the bright side, Texas.

@pmbasse @jrsalzman I hope Wendy Davis packs up and leaves Texas after she gets crushed in a Texas sized landslide by @GregAbbott_TX.

— Rob Forshey (@RobForshey) October 11, 2014

@jrsalzman Since the event isn't until June Wendy will be permanently out of TEXAS..Heard she is leaving Nov 5th '14 for destination unknown

— Peni Basse (@pmbasse) October 11, 2014

Much of Twitter is still reeling over the tastelessness of Davis’ ad, and Salzman is no exception.

Boy, those handicapped people sure are privileged, arent they? They even get their own special parking places. You go, Wendy Davis.

— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) October 11, 2014

@jrsalzman I know it's cliche, but can u imagine if conservative ran this ad? would be lead story on network news

— Pb jr (@Pb65Jr) October 11, 2014

@jrsalzman @Cameron_Gray Ha. Wendy Davis, equal pay and equal parking. #Caring

— ن Damian Bennett (@DamianBennett) October 11, 2014

@jrsalzman From Abortion Barbie to Foot in Mouth Barbie…all in a day's work

— Stephen Bennett (@ScreedofChucky) October 11, 2014




Reports: Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Duncan has died

An Ebola patient from Liberia named Thomas Duncan had been hospitalized in Dallas, Texas for treatment of Ebola.

Duncan has reportedly died from the disease:

New: The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. died this morning in Dallas at 7:51 A.M. The news comes from the hospital in a statement

— Dina Fine Maron (@Dina_Maron) October 8, 2014

MORE: Texas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has died, hospital announces http://t.co/9qIStK2M93 pic.twitter.com/dJ9ILnDtI8

— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 8, 2014

Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner: Dallas #Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has died

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 8, 2014

STATEMENT from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on the death of #Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan. pic.twitter.com/u0R02Ego78

— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) October 8, 2014

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.



Not a ‘glitch’: Hospital in Dallas backtracks and now admits it knew Ebola patient’s travel history before releasing him

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Dirty Cops, Michael Brown Sr., And A Whole Lot Of Elvis

This week for BuzzFeed News, Elise Jordan goes back to her hometown Mississippi to visit the world’s most notorious Elvis shrine. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

1. The Last Days Of Graceland Too — BuzzFeed News

Photograph by Tim Soter

Paul MacLeod’s Graceland Too — a house-turned-shrine to the King of Rock ‘n Roll — ushered in decades of tourism to the small town of Holly Springs, MS and made its eccentric owner a local celebrity. But when MacLeod shot his handyman dead at the property and died himself two days later, Graceland Too came to symbolize more than an innocuous hobby. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. America’s Dirtiest Cops: Cash, Cocaine and Corruption on the Texas BorderRolling Stone

Illustration by John Ritter, Image of Alexis Espinoza in illustration by Gabe Hernandez/”The Monitor” / AP Images

An unbelievable romp of a story by Josh Eells on the rise and downfall of the Panama Unit, an elite anti-narcotics border task force — led by the son of a sheriff — that took bribes from some drug dealers and used police resources to rob others. “They were running around like that movie Training Day.” Read it at Rolling Stone.

3. Michael Brown Sr. and the Agony of the Black Father in AmericaEsquire

Photograph by Barrett Emke for Esquire

John H. Richardson spends a heartbreaking, yet hopeful, Thanksgiving with the Brown family, as Mike Brown, Sr. reflects on his son, goes to church, and grapples with his new life in the public eye. “At one point, he lowers his head and hides his face under his hat brim. When he lifts his head again, his face looks exhausted and stoic and agonized, like a man determined not to cry out under torture.” Read it at Esquire.

4. Construction Work is Getting More Deadly, but Only for Latinos — BuzzFeed News

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While construction work has gotten safer for every other group over the past decade, the deaths of Latino workers has been on the rise. David Noriega reports on the startling trend. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

5. The Town Without Wi-FiWashingtonian

Photograph by Joshua Cogan for Washingtonian

Green Bank, West Virginia is a town where residents are banned from using technology most of us can’t imagine living without: wi-fi, cell phones, Bluetooth. It’s become a haven for people who believe their medical problems stem from electromagnetism but, as Michael J. Gaynor explores, not all the locals are happy about it. Read it at Washingtonian.

6. Chris Harrison: The Reigning King of #BachelorNationGQ

PHotograph by Art Streiber for GQ

Taffy Brodesser-Akner hangs out with Chris Harrison, the charming host of The Bachelor, as he navigates having recently become a bachelor himself. “It is hard to believe that a man whose job is to be a human seismometer of romantic chemistry can be so oblivious, but maybe it’s the sort of thing where the cobbler’s children have no shoes, or doctors can’t operate on themselves.” Read it at GQ.

7. The Rise of the Black British Actor in America — BuzzFeed News

Atsushi Nishijima/Paramount Pictures

Lacking opportunities in the UK, many black British actors, such as Selma’s David Oleyowo, have recently found success in the states, writes Kelley Carter. “There’s a black British Actor Renaissance of sorts occurring, largely because black Brits aren’t finding the type of work in the United Kingdom that allows them to explore the depth they’re seeking from their roles.” Read it at BuzzFeed News.

8. Food Fight: Dallas Chefs Take on the Morning NewsD Magazine

Photograph by Kevin Marple for D Magazine

Zac Crain dives into the embittered battle that has been publicly stewing for the past year between a top Dallas food critic and the city’s best chefs. “It was like watching Frankenstein and seeing the townspeople head up to the professor’s operating room with pitchforks and torches.” Read it at D Magazine.

9. The Talking CureThe New Yorker

Illustration by Leo Espinosa for the New Yorker

Margaret Talbot visits Providence, Rhode Island, where the mayor has secured millions for an innovative program aimed at closing the “word gap,” the disparity in words learned by poorer children compared to their wealthier counterparts. The program is just one complex example of national efforts to tackle educational reform. Read it at The New Yorker.

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Outrageous: This food delivery to Ebola family is truly unbelievable [pics]

Surely that’s not the case, right? Guess again.

Resident inside #EbolaDallas apt takes deliveries inside. pic.twitter.com/s0eOYgNdBX

— STEVE PICKETT (@STEVEPICK11) October 2, 2014

But, hey, it’s cool. They are quarantined and all.

I don't understand why Duncan's family is quarantined in a contaminated apartment. Boggles the mind.

— Lexi Mainland (@lexinyt) October 3, 2014

Take a look at the food delivery to the supposedly quarantined family of the Dallas Ebola patient.

BREAKING: hygeine issue within #Ebola patient residence being considered. Food being delivered.

— Janet St. James (@janetstjames) October 2, 2014

Several days' of food was delivered to apt under containment. Contractor hired to address hygiene issues in that unit. @CBSDFW #Ebola

— Jennifer Lindgren (@JLindgrenCBS11) October 2, 2014

#EbolaDallas food boxes dropped at front door. Supplies for next 3weeks. pic.twitter.com/HoP0xnrJZ6

— STEVE PICKETT (@STEVEPICK11) October 2, 2014

That looks safe RT @connortryan: Red Cross worker delivers supplies to quarantined family of #Ebola victim in Dallas pic.twitter.com/suWmQFtDL3

— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) October 2, 2014

This Red Cross worker delivering supplies to the QUARANTINED #Dallas #Ebola victim needs an @RBPundit #HazMatSuit pic.twitter.com/suWmQFtDL3

— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) October 2, 2014


@CindyReynolds Where eyewitnesses saw him throwing up when the ambulance came…nearby children playing. Pro-tip: Plan for the worse.

— penelope210 (@penelopesire) October 2, 2014

@Cameron_Gray @RBPundit And did you see the crew "cleaning" the parking lot? Not a hazmat suit in sight.

— Blondie203235 (@Blondie203235) October 2, 2014

As Twitchy reported, a news chopper caught a clean-up crew outside of the Ebola patient’s apartment. And it was enraging and outrageous.

And now this. It’s truly unreal.

@connortryan @nypost no gloves?

— forrest freeman (@ForrestFreeman0) October 2, 2014

@connortryan @nypost ok, y isn't this guy in a mask & gloves & the proper clothes? this shit is no joking matter

— dawn de costa (@memasbabes) October 2, 2014

Bingo. There are precautions taken for ridiculous things. And this? Whatever!

@Cameron_Gray @RBPundit No gloves, nothing! This is crazy! We wore disposable suits while cleaning paint booths.

— CJSAY (@Sr4liberty) October 2, 2014

@connortryan @nypost Shouldn't this be done by someone at the State's Health Services Department? Shouldn't he have a mask on?

— Tina Rodriguez (@TinaHMRod) October 2, 2014

@karen1atl Pic of @redcross worker delivering food to the quarantined. No protection, nothing. Like a lamb at Easter pic.twitter.com/YlprmnYIuO

— jaja (@JaJasTweets) October 2, 2014

@connortryan @DanRiehl Make that: *Expendible* Red Cross worker trudges thru Ebola victim’s vomit to deliver supplies…

— WitCoHE (@E__Strobel) October 2, 2014

@connortryan @DanRiehl Kinda concerned about lack of any protection.

— vanna516 (@vanna516) October 2, 2014

@KraftyWurker @mkues65 @Cameron_Gray @RBPundit Seriously, Officials are NOT taking EBOLA very seriously.!! OMG so scary.

— Susan (@sueinwny) October 2, 2014

@Cameron_Gray @RBPundit Another entry in the Annals of Cluelessness. Are they trying to cause an epidemic?

— Ray Savage (@greymagus) October 2, 2014

Check out the shirt he’s wearing. #Facepalm pic.twitter.com/Y7e1imiFya

— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) October 2, 2014


"Don't worry. It's highly unlikely to come to the US." -> "Don't worry. He didn't have symptoms." -> "Don't worry about the clean up crew."

— RB (@RBPundit) October 2, 2014

With every new piece of information suggesting we should have worried before, we keep getting told not to worry.

— RB (@RBPundit) October 2, 2014

That’s right. And an exit much-needed reminder evidently:


— RB (@RBPundit) October 2, 2014

Repeat often.


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