10:05 AM, Jan 2, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Armies have always been vulnerable to epidemic disease. And in the Middle East, history may be repeating itself. There have been reports:
… that Islamic State militants in Mosul have contracted Ebola
World Health Organization officials said they haven't confirmed the cases, but the organization has reached out to offer assistance.
If there is disease, spreading in epidemic fashion in Mosul it may not necessarily be Ebola since:
… Ebola symptoms — nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding and bruising — are also similar to those associated with a number of other diseases, including malaria, Lassa fever, yellow fever viruses and the Marburg virus. Also, most confirmed Ebola cases in this recent outbreak have originated in West Africa.
Whatever the situation, ISIS will be pressed to deal with it since:
Over the past few weeks, militants affiliated with ISIS have executed more than a dozen doctors in Mosul, according to Benjamin T. Decker, an intelligence analyst with the Levantine Group, a Middle East-based geopolitical risk and research consultancy.
9:17 AM, Dec 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ron Klain will reportedly be heading back to the private sector. "With the Ebola crisis seemingly in hand, Ron Klain, the veteran political operative the White House plucked from a venture capital gig to coordinate the government’s response, is planning a late-winter return to the private sector," reports Fortune.
3:09 PM, Dec 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Dr. Nancy Snyderman is NBC’s chief medical editor. So for anyone getting their information on diseases, drugs, and breakthrough treatments from the Today show, she is the go-to person.
What the FDA should learn from Ebola. Dec 1, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 12 • By MICHAEL ASTRUE
In the froth and frenzy surrounding Ebola reaching America, a surprisingly unprepared Department of Health and Human Services, particularly the Centers for Disease Control, largely failed to rise to the challenge. The FDA contributed to, and continues to contribute to, that lack of preparedness. Both HHS secretary Sylvia Burwell and President Obama’s Ebola “response coordinator” Ron Klain need to intervene.
11:27 AM, Nov 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama appeared to criticize Australian prime minister Tony Abbott for closing borders to Austrlia due to concern over Ebola.
Years of politicizing insignificant health threats is undermining the government's Ebola response. 12:08 PM, Oct 27, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The states of Illinois, New Jersey, and New York have all issued mandatory Ebola quarantine for certain travelers, and the White House doesn't like this one bit. According to the New York Times these states are being pressured to loosen their quarantine restrictions:
Aides to President Obama also asked other governors and mayors to follow a policy based on science, seeking to stem a steady movement toward more stringent measures in recent days at the state level.
9:16 PM, Oct 25, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The American ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is being sent to Ebola-infected nations. The travel plans were announced this evening on Twitter.
"BREAKING: @AmbassadorPower on her way to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ghana. #EbolaResponse," reads a tweet from the U.S. mission to the U.N.
12:46 PM, Oct 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House announced that President Obama will meet with Nina Pham, the Texas nurse who just recovered from Ebola, later today:
Bill Richardson Hardest Hit
9:49 AM, Oct 24, 2014 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Foreigners should always stay out of North Korea. By traveling there, after all, tourists provide financial support to a manifestly evil regime. Moreover, they put themselves at risk – two American tourists are currently being held hostage there.
'May have stopped and gone to a restaurant along the way.'8:34 AM, Oct 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Dr. Mary T. Bassett, commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, claimed in a press conference last night that the latest Ebola patient had self-isolated since returning from Africa. Later, she admitted that in fact the patient had spent a lot of time in public and with other people:
'It's not an outbreak or an epidemic here.'6:58 PM, Oct 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama discussed the Ebola virus in remarks at Democratic fundraiser in Chicago this evening. Ebola "has been the only story here in the United States for the last couple of weeks," Obama said.
But the commander in chief, who's called Ebola a national security threat, added, "It's not an outbreak or an epidemic here."
Obama also ticked off some of the world hotspots and said, "So you have this sense of uncertainty overseas."