Ready or not: Are U.S. hospitals prepared for Ebola? The Dallas hospital treating the first person diagnosed with the virus on American soil made some mistakes. The man was released from the hospital even though he told staff he had traveled from Liberia – one of several African nations experiencing an outbreak. “It was a mistake. They dropped the ball,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Hopefully this will never happen again.” The CDC has been emphasizing the need for a travel history when diagnosing patients. The consequences of that mistake? We don’t know yet.
Looking for answers: The CDC still has plenty of questions about enterovirus D68. The agency has collected samples from four patients who recently died and have tested positive for it. It is unclear what role the virus played in their deaths. In fact, it’s possible that enterovirus had nothing to do with them. But health officials are worried because this year has been worse than some other years. This time around, enterovirus D68 has been sending more children than usual to the hospital with severe respiratory illnesses. Children with a history of asthma or breathing problems seem to be hit the hardest by it.
3. SECRET SERVICE RESIGNATION
Stepping down: Julia Pierson, the first female director of the Secret Service, is out. She resigned yesterday, not able to weather the aftermath of a fence-jumper gaining access to the White House last month and a poor performance this week at congressional inquiry that uncovered other security lapses. High-ranking Democrats and Republicans had called for her to step down. Pierson was named the director of the Secret Service in March 2013, tapped by President Obama to change the culture of an agency that was then marred by a Colombian prostitution scandal. She joined the Secret Service in 1983.
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