Agencies should give excused absences to federal employees who are exposed to Ebola in the course of their work, but don't show symptoms of the disease, a Nov. 25 Office of Personnel Management memo says.
Despite the varying level of interaction between federal homeland security and health officials with the the White House-appointed "Ebola czar," Ron Klain has improved coordination on the issue, said most testifying at a Senate hearing in which Klain was absent.
The new acting director of the Secret Service recently told congressional lawmakers that he's addressing communications failures and gaps in training that allowed a White House fence jumper in September to get as far as the East Room of the mansion.
The Homeland Security Department has enhanced screening procedures at ports of entry and invoked its authority to prevent people who may be infected with the Ebola virus from flying into the United States, the department's secretary testified at a recent Senate hearing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new detailed guidelines to help health care workers better protect themselves when treating patients with Ebola.
While two-thirds of Americans worry there will be more U.S. Ebola cases over the next 12 months – and nearly half fear a family member will come down with the virus – most think only a handful will emerge, adding they're confident that health officials will contain the disease, a new survey finds.
The Texas hospital where the first U.S. patient with Ebola, Thomas Eric Duncan, died last week and two of his nurses have since contracted the disease is pushing back against allegations from a nurses' union that the facility did not follow proper protocols in Duncan's treatment.
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Oct. 12 that there was a "breach in protocol" that resulted in a Dallas hospital healthcare worker contracting Ebola from the man who died last week of the disease.
Her statement comes a day after Spanish authorities told WHO that a nursing assistant in Spain was diagnosed with the disease. She had been treating an infected individual who died of the disease after being transported back to Spain from Sierra Leone. Authorities are now seeking people who have come in contact with the nursing assistant and have quarantined four people at the hospital where she worked.
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people who've come in contact with the man who became the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States are doing very well.