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
08:35 PM ET

Official: Dallas nurse with Ebola called CDC before boarding flight

A federal official tells CNN that the second nurse diagnosed with Ebola in America called the CDC on Oct. 13 to report a temperature of 99.5 and informed the agency that she was getting on a plane.

The official tells CNN that Amber Vinson was not told she could not get on a plane.

According to the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Ebola Virus Disease she did not meet current criteria for not traveling commercially. Earlier today, CDC chief Dr. Tom Frieden said that she should not have boarded a commercial jet.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has the latest.

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

Ebola fears cause deep dive on Wall Street

Ebola fears sparked a deep dive on Wall Street Wednesday. The Dow plummeted 460 points at the height of the sell-off. It recovered some of those losses and closed down by 173 points.

Market 'freak out': Stocks rebound from scary plunge

The deadly virus has been weighing on investors. Stocks have tumbled since Ebola arrived in the United States. In just the past 5 days, the Dow has fallen 5 percent.

OutFront, Paul Hickey of Bespoke Investment Group and Dr. Alexander Van tull-eh-kin a CNN Medical Analyst.

Filed under: Ebola • International • Markets • News
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