Ebola in Dallas: Day 3

Transmission electron micrograph of the Ebola virus
Transmission electron micrograph of the Ebola virus
Centers for Disease Control

Newest updates will appear at the bottom of this post. Yesterday's updates can be found here: Ebola in Dallas: What We Know So Far

October 2: Morning Links:

Emily Mathis on the atmosphere at Texas Health Presbyterian.

From Vox, "How a Dallas hospital failed to diagnose the Ebola patient" and "The 6 Biggest myths about Ebola."

The Dallas Morning News reports that the State of Texas has confined Duncan's family to their home and forbidden them receiving visitors.

A report from NBC News says that Duncan's nephew, Josephus Weeks, called the CDC about his uncle, which prompted his being appropriately treated.

Here's the DMN's Todd Gillman explaining why the feds aren't restricting travel to the U.S. from West Africa.

Author Alexis Okeowo has an Op-Ed in The New York Times about "Living With the Terror of Ebola."

October 2, 9:21 a.m.:

From WFAA's Jenny Doren:

October 2, 9:56 a.m.: Carrie Williams, a spokeswoman with the Texas Department of State Health Services, has issued the following statement regarding Duncan's potential number of contacts:

"We are working from a list of about 100 potential or possible contacts and will soon have an official contact tracing number that will be lower. Out of an abundance of caution, we're starting with this very wide net, including people who have had even brief encounters with the patient or the patient's home. The number will drop as we focus in on those whose contact may represent a potential risk of infection."

October 2, 10:23 a.m.

A Reuters report from last night says that Duncan vomited outside of The Ivy on Sunday. Mesud Osmanovic told Reuters he was nearby as Duncan was heading to the hospital. "[Duncan's] whole family was screaming," he said. "He got outside and he was throwing up all over the place."

KDFW says that a report issued with its logo about Ebola in Frisco is a fake.

3:15 p.m.KDFW has confirmed that a Frisco teen allegedly behind this hoax has been arrested.

October 2, 10:32 a.m.: The mayor's office says it has staff available at 311 to answer Dallas residents Ebola questions.

October 2, 10:42 a.m. : Amy Silverstein reports on the scene at The Ivy, the apartment complex at which Duncan was staying. A City of Dallas spokesman says reporters are scaring residents.

October 2, 11:38 a.m. : The owner of The Ivy says the CDC is monitoring Duncan's family and providing them with essentials. Residents of the complex will have an Ebola information session later Thursday.

October 2, 12:05 p.m. : Supposedly, you can view the CDC press conference live at this link, but the video isn't working for me yet.

Also, this from the Associated Press:

October 2, 12:14 p.m. : If you feel like reading a pertinent seminal academic study, you can check out the full text of Philip Strong's "Epidemic psychology: a model."

October 2, 12:21 p.m. :

October 2, 12:34 p.m. : From the CDC Teleconference:

October 2, 1:32 p.m.: Mayor Mike Rawlings, County Judge Clay Jenkins, DISD superintendent Mike Miles and Dr. Paul Pepe, the City of Dallas Medical Director will provide an Ebola update from the county commissioners' courtroom at 2 p.m.

October 2, 1:42 p.m.:

October 2, 2:09 p.m.: Jenkins at press conference: "The science hasn't changed overnight. This is not like the flu."

Miles says first priority is children's safety. Nurses are making additional rounds at affected school. Miles says DISD does not think there is Ebola at the schools, cleaning is just an extra precaution.

"I think the message is getting out and people do feel safe," he says. That's why kids are still attending school.

DCHHS director Zach Thompson compares Ebola investigation to what happens after a food poisoning case is discovered at a restaurant or a tuberculosis case is discovered at a school: "It's a wide circle and then it gets reduced."

Thompson: County is in process of evaluating where a potential second patient would be taken, but there is NO evidence of a second case.

Jenkins: Dallas emergency rooms prepared for Ebola in August. The judge adds that Presbyterian is doing as excellent job of treating Duncan.

It should be noted that the above tweet refers to why the order was issued. There has been no resistance to the quarantine from the family post-order.

October 2, 2014:

October 2, 3:05 p.m.: Here's the DISD guide for talking to kids (or your most panicked co-worker) about Ebola.

October 2, 3:12 p.m.: KTVT reporter Ken Molestina tweets that three Richardson Independant School District students have been sent home as part of the "Ebola contact list."

Additionally, a Frisco High School student is being investigated for making a false Ebola report via Twitter, says WFAA's Jason Whitely. KDFW says this is the fake news report from this morning.

Richardson kids are students at Wallace Elementary, a letter sent to parents of kids at the school says the trio were sent as a precaution and emphasizes that none were showing any symptoms of Ebola.

October 2, 3:36 p.m.: From The New York Times: "In Dallas Schools, Fear of Possible Ebola Exposure"

From the Twitter account of the Frico teenager accused of making the fake Ebola news report:

October 2, 8:51 p.m. : Details emerge about Duncan's interactions with Presbyterian and Clay Jenkins visits the quarantined apartment at The Ivy as decontamination begins:


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