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John Kerry says Ebola "has the potential to become a scourge like HIV or polio that we will end up fighting - all of us - for decades." Erin Burnett has the latest.
October 17th, 2014
09:30 PM ET

New calls for Ebola hot zone travel ban

The pressure is building for President Obama to ban flights to the United States from Ebola hot zones.

But would the idea work?

OutFront, Dr. Ivan Walks, He's The Former District of Columbia Chief Health Officer and Dr. David Dausey. He's an Epidemiologist and Dean of the School of Public Health at Mercyhurst University.

For more: An Ebola travel ban would be completely unprecedented – Here's why

Filed under: Ebola • International • News
October 17th, 2014
08:43 PM ET

Dallas lab worker who may have have handled Ebola specimens quarantined on cruise ship

Another Dallas health care worker is under quarantine, this time on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Officials says this passenger may have handled lab specimens from late Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan.

Meanwhile, Frontier Airlines, the airline Amber Vinson, the nurse infected with Ebola, flew on, just finished contacting as many as 800 people whom may have been on the same planes Vinson traveled on.

These incidents are causing many people to ask why these hospital employees were traveling in the first place - knowing that they came in contact with the deadly Ebola virus.

Alina Machado is OutFront.

Filed under: Ebola • International • News
October 15th, 2014
08:53 PM ET

CDC teaches crash course for health care workers headed to hot zone

The international medical charity on the forefront of the fight against Ebola says it has reached its limit. The director of operations for Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday, "we have reached our ceiling" battling the outbreak in West Africa.

This comes as the U.N. says the hot zone could soon see 10,000 new cases each week. Yet hundreds of American health care workers are still volunteering to go West Africa.

The CDC is now teaching a crash course in preventing infection to doctors and nurses headed to West Africa.

Will it be enough?

Nick Valencia is OutFront with this report.

Filed under: Ebola • Health • International • News
October 15th, 2014
08:51 PM ET

CDC under fire for response to Ebola in U.S.

Even though President Barack Obama said Wednesday there will be a more aggressive approach to containing Ebola in the United States, the CDC continues to be under fire over the agency's response to the deadly virus.

Ebola meetings postpone Obama campaign trip

The Secretary of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, admitted that the government could have done a “much better” job handling the Ebola outbreak in a Dallas hospital where two healthcare workers have contracted Ebola.

Tom Foreman is OutFront with more.

Filed under: Ebola • International • News
October 15th, 2014
08:26 PM ET

New Ebola patient flew to Dallas with fever; CDC wants to interview passengers

The second health care worker diagnosed with Ebola has been transferred from the Dallas hospital to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which has successfully treated two other patients. It is now treating a third: a male health care worker who was infected in Sierra Leone.

Last Friday, 29-year-old nurse Amber Vinson flew to Cleveland. She flew back to Dallas Monday, boarding a flight even though she had a temperature of 99.5 degrees and was being monitored for Ebola. By boarding that flight with a fever, she put more than 130 fellow passengers at risk. She was in the hospital about 24 hours later, diagnosed with Ebola.

The head of the CDC said she should not have flown and that "from now on" people being monitored for Ebola will not travel on commercial flights.

Today, President Obama tried to reassure the country but acknowledged much more needs to be done.

"I think what we've all learned over the last several weeks is that folks here in this country and a lot of non-specialized hospitals and clinics don't have that much experience dealing with these issues and so we'll have to push out this information as aggressively as possible," Obama said.

CNN's Ed Lavandera has more.

Filed under: Ebola • International • News
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