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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TOTT STAFF | 11:48 AM | | | |

ANOTHER U.S.Citizen diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas!! Hundreds At Risk...

And the spreading begins! ANOTHER U.S. Citizen as been officially diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas... and she was on a flight right before she found out!! That's 132 passengers, plus all the people the first nurse and original patient Duncan came in contact with. We are now in the hundreds of people at risk.


The second Dallas health care worker with Ebola was on a flight from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday -- the day before she reported symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Because of the proximity in time between the Monday evening flight and the first report of her illness, the CDC wants to interview all 132 passengers on her flight -- Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth, which landed at 8:16 p.m. CT Monday, the CDC said.

A second health care worker who cared for an Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital has contracted the virus herself.
The worker, a woman who lives alone, was quickly moved into isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, authorities said Wednesday.
The news cast further doubt on the hospital's ability to handle Ebola and protect employees. It's the same hospital that initially sent Thomas Eric Duncan home, even though he had a fever and had traveled from West Africa. By the time he returned to the hospital, his symptoms had worsened. He died while being treated by medical staff, including the two women who have now contracted the disease.
"I don't think we have a systematic institutional problem," Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources, told reporters Wednesday, facing questions about the hospital's actions.
Medical staff "may have done some things differently with the benefit of what we know today," he said, adding, "no one wants to get this right more than our hospital."
People in the health care worker's office building were informed when officials went door to door, and also through early morning reverse 911 calls, officials said.
The health care worker had no pets, authorities said.
Seventy-five health care workers in Dallas are being monitored for any Ebola symptoms, Varga said.
Separately, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who is overseeing the response efforts, said 48 other people in the community still are being monitored after having contact with Duncan, who was Dallas' first Ebola patient. Those 48 are asymptomatic, and Sunday will mark the end of the window in which they could get sick.
The second worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said. The virus is not contagious before there are symptoms.
A preliminary Ebola test was done late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and the results came back around midnight. A second test will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
"Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored," the health department said.
The worker's apartment and car will be cleaned Wednesday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said.
Official: Duncan should have been moved
An official close to the situation says that in hindsight, Duncan should have been transferred immediately to either Emory University Hospital in Atlanta or Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Those hospitals are among only four in the country that have biocontainment units and have been preparing for years to treat a highly infectious disease like Ebola.
"If we knew then what we know now about this hospital's ability to safely care for these patients, then we would have transferred him to Emory or Nebraska," the official told CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.
"I think there are hospitals that are more than ready, but I think there are some that are not."
The second time
The latest infection marks the second-ever transmission of Ebola in the United States. Both stemmed from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Late last week, nurse Nina Pham tested positive for Ebola. She also took care of Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Duncan died last week.
On Tuesday, Pham said she was doing well.
"I am blessed by the support of family and friends, and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world," she said.
Troubling allegations
Also Tuesday, National Nurses United made troubling allegations about the hospital, claiming "guidelines were constantly changing" and "there were no protocols" about how to deal with the deadly virus."
"The protocols that should have been in place in Dallas were not in place, and that those protocols are not in place anywhere in the United States as far as we can tell," NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro said. "We're deeply alarmed."
Nurses were told to wrap their necks with medical tape when equipment left their necks exposed; they felt unsupported and unprepared, and they received no hands-on training, union co-president Deborah Burger said.
A Texas Health Presbyterian spokesman did not respond to the specific allegations but said patient and employee safety is the hospital's top priority.
Changing the protocol
The CDC is establishing an Ebola response team so that whenever there's a confirmed case anywhere in the country, "we will put a team on the ground within hours," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the centers.
Such a team, Frieden said, might have prevented Pham from contracting the disease.
Global epidemic
While the Texas hospital deals with its third Ebola patient, the situation in West Africa is getting increasingly dire.
More than 4,000 people have died from Ebola this year in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
And there could be 10,000 new Ebola cases per week in the three countries by the end of this year as the outbreak spreads, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday.
U.S. President Barack Obama says he'll reach out directly to heads of state to encourage other countries to do more to fight back.
"There are a number of countries that have capacity that have not yet stepped up," he said. "Those that have stepped up, all of us, are going to have to do more."

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TOTT STAFF | 9:41 AM | | |

Dallas Nurse Is Now The 1st U.S. Citizen w/ Ebola!! CDC "ReThinks" Ebola...

Just when we thought we were "safe" (because the media told us so) and everything was in the clear.... the first United States transmission of Ebola has occurred! And now everyone is in a frenzy....

Federal health officials on Monday urged the nation's hospitals to "think Ebola" and launched a review of procedures for treating patients, while medical records showed that an infected Texas nurse repeatedly visited the room of a Liberian man as he was dying from the disease.
The World Health Organization called the outbreak "the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times."

Nurse Nina Pham was among about 70 staff members at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who were involved in Thomas Eric Duncan's care after he was hospitalized, according to the records. They drew his blood, put tubes down his throat and wiped up his diarrhea. They analyzed his urine and wiped saliva from his lips, even after he had lost consciousness.
The 26-year-old was in his room often from the day he was placed in intensive care until the day before he died last week.
Pham and other health care workers wore protective gear, including gowns, gloves, masks and face shields — and sometimes full-body suits — when caring for Duncan, but Pham became the first person to contract the disease within the United States.

The workers were all considered to be at low risk of contracting Ebola. But testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday confirmed she had contracted the disease, despite wearing a mask, gown, shield and gloves when treating Mr. Duncan, health officials said. (Could this disease now be AIRBORNE??)

Ms. Pham has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas since Friday, when she developed a low-grade fever and drove herself to the hospital.
Her family told Dallas television station WFAA on Monday that she was the health care worker with Ebola. A rector at her family's church, Hung Le, told The Associated Press that Pham's mother told him Pham has the virus.
The Texas Christian University nursing school graduate was monitoring her own temperature and went to the hospital Friday night when she discovered she had a low fever. She was in isolation and in stable condition, health officials said.
By Monday evening, she had received a transfusion of plasma from Kent Brantly, a Texas physician who survived the virus, according to her pastor and the nonprofit medical mission group Samaritan's Purse.
Since she tested positive for the disease, public-health authorities have intensified their monitoring of other Dallas hospital workers who cared for Duncan.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden said he would not be surprised if another hospital worker who cared for Duncan becomes ill because Ebola patients become more contagious as the disease progresses.
Pham's name appears frequently throughout the hundreds of pages of records provided to The Associated Press by Duncan's family. They show she was in his room Oct. 7, the day before he died.
Her notes describe nurses going in and out of Duncan's room wearing protective gear to treat him and to mop the floor with bleach.
She also notes how she and other nurses were ensuring Duncan's "privacy and comfort," and providing "emotional support."
Frieden has said a breach of protocol led to the nurse's infection, but officials are not sure what went wrong. Pham has not been able to point to any specific breach.
The CDC is now monitoring all hospital workers who treated Duncan and planned to "double down" on training and outreach on how to safely treat Ebola patients, Frieden said.
When asked how many health care workers are being checked, Frieden said officials "don't have a number."
Besides the workers, health officials continue to track 48 people who were in contact with Duncan before he was admitted to the hospital and placed in isolation. They are monitoring one person the nurse was in contact with while she was in an infectious state.
None has exhibited symptoms, Frieden said.
The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday the agency is rethinking its approach to Ebola infection control after a Dallas nurse became infected with the disease.
The agency has “not identified a specific problem” that led to the nurse’s infection, but that it was looking at changes to make Ebola care at the hospital safer and easier. That might include spraying down health workers after they emerge from a room with an Ebola patient—a step currently taken in Africa but not normally in the U.S.
Pham now faces a fight against the disease. Other hospital workers will need to monitor themselves for symptoms of Ebola until at least Oct. 29, 21 days after Duncan died.
But that window of worry is closing for the group of nearly 50 people who had contact with Duncan before he was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 28. Their 21 days are up Oct. 19, less than a week away.

Considering that the bulk of infections appear in the first 10-12 days after exposure, that’s reassuring.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

TOTT STAFF | 11:58 AM |

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Panhandler Busted & Confronted! You've Got To See This! (VIDEO)

Ever give that person on the side of the road or waiting at the gas station some of your hard earned money and thought to yourself... "Do they really need this?"

Well for this Oklahoma City person found out for themselves... and it was all caught on camera! You've got to see this!


I gave the lady in the video money the other day because she holding a sign that said 78 year old widow needs money for food. Yesterday I pulled up to the Shell on the same corner and saw her sitting in this cute, little Fiat. As I'm sitting there thinking "I got scammed by a little old lady", a man approached her car.....and this is what happened next.
TOTT STAFF | 11:15 AM | |

WTF MOMENT: Fake Police Officer Pulls over REAL Police Officer! lol You Got To Hear This...

You may have heard stories of fake police officers pulling people over for their own bad deeds, which you should definitely be watching out for. Maybe this guy should have been watching closer himself....
Check out what happened when one of those fake officers actually pulled over a REAL police officer....  

A motorist pretending to be a policeman pulled over a real officer for speeding, in a UK court.
Jonathan Weekes, 48, of Tredegar, put a blue flashing light on top of his Vauxhall Insignia as part of the ruse.
Newport Magistrates' Court heard he was shocked when he approached a car he had pulled over and saw a police officer in full uniform in the driver's seat.
Weekes was given a 12-month community order after he admitted acting falsely in suggesting he was a police officer.
The court was told the policeman said Weekes had followed him for four miles before he pulled him over in Cross Keys in September.
Sped off
He told the officer he had been speeding and said: "If you had been going any faster I would have booked you."
The court heard that when the officer asked Weekes what force he was with and where he was based, he gave a fake collar number before he drove off without any headlights on and overtook several cars at speed on narrow streets.
Weekes was traced through the car's registration number and when he was arrested at home, officers found police uniforms, batons and handcuffs bought on eBay as well as the blue light hidden in his shed.
He told magistrates that he had a "fascination" with authority figures but he "couldn't explain" why he pretended to be a police officer when he pulled over the real one.
Weekes also admitted driving without due care and attention and was banned from driving for six months and told to pay 85 pounds ($138 in the U.S.) and a 60 pounds ($97) for surcharge.