October 17th, 2014
09:18 PM ET

Ebola patient Nina Pham's condition downgraded to "fair"

CNN has obtained new images from inside the plane that nurse Nina Pham flew from Dallas to a new hospital, the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.

In the photo, health care workers on board are no longer wearing hazmat suits. It's a stark contrast to the pictures of them loading her onto and off of the plane, where they were in full gear.

During the 3-hour flight, Pham flew in the rear of the plane in a specialized containment tent. Health officials say doctors downgraded her condition early Friday because she was fatigued from the trip.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has more OutFront.

Filed under: Ebola • Health • 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 16th, 2014
10:11 PM ET

CDC grilled on Ebola at congressional hearing

A House panel sharply questioned health officials Thursday over the U.S. response to the Ebola virus, as well as steps to prevent an outbreak of the virus in the United States.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden and other government officials faced many tough questions from members of Congress but there weren't nearly as many answers.

CNN's Tom Foreman has more OutFront.

Filed under: Ebola • Health • News
October 16th, 2014
09:39 PM ET

Texas hospital criticized for Ebola missteps

The CDC says Amber Vinson may have had symptoms of Ebola as early as last Friday, four days before she went to the hospital. That change in timeline means hundreds more could have been exposed. On Friday, Vinson flew from Dallas to Cleveland. On Monday, she flew back to Dallas. Both planes were full of passengers.

Officials are now trying to contact all of those passengers. Officials still don't know how the two infected nurses got Ebola in the first place.

A Dallas nurse who says she's putting her job on the line says Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital left nurses unprepared to handle Ebola.

CNN's Ed Lavandera has more OutFront.

Filed under: Ebola • Health • News
October 16th, 2014
09:20 PM ET

Pres. Obama: It "may be appropriate" to appoint Ebola czar

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday night that it "may be appropriate" for him to appoint a czar to lead his administration's response to Ebola.

"It may make sense for us to have one person ... so that after this initial surge of activity, we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we're crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's going forward," Obama said.

First on CNN: Obama will name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar

His comments to reporters in the Oval Office came after a meeting with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden, Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco and others. Obama pointed to those two as the leaders of the U.S. response to Ebola so far.

He said they've done an "outstanding job" so far, but that with flu season coming and Homeland Security officials also involved in combatting ISIS, "they also are responsible for a whole bunch of other stuff."

Obama also said he has no "philosophical objection" to a ban on travel between West Africa and the United States - but said that doing so could make it tougher to determine whether passengers entering the United States would have recently visited the region that is at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.


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