Virus Articles

NYC Health Commissioner Wrongly Claims Ebola Patient Self-Isolated

'May have stopped and gone to a restaurant along the way.'
7:34 AM, Oct 24, 2014

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:

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Obama: Ebola 'The Only Story Here in the United States'

'It's not an outbreak or an epidemic here.'
5:58 PM, Oct 20, 2014

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."

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CDC Deletes Healthcare Worker Protection Guidelines, Missing for Two Days

7:55 AM, Oct 20, 2014

A day after President Obama appointed Ron Klain as Ebola czar to deal with the potential spread of the virus in this country, the Centers for Disease Control updated its website that contains recommendations for hospitals dealing with known or suspected cases of Ebola.

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Cuomo on Ebola: 'Anxiety Can Be Healthy'

'But we have to watch what we say and how we say it, because panic is never productive'
10:49 AM, Oct 14, 2014

New York governor Andrew Cuomo talked about Ebola this morning and said that "a little anxiety can be healthy."

"Ebola crisis for us ... poses two separate problems: one is the medical, public health issue and the second is the panic, anxiety issue that goes along with it," Cuomo told CBS.

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HHS Prepares for Flu Pandemic: 'Could Cause Over 60 Million Deaths Worldwide'

6:39 AM, Oct 03, 2014

The Ebola outbreak has grabbed the attention of the country if not the world in recent days, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is also concerned about a more mundane, but still potentially deadly problem: the flu. Thursday, the ag

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NBC Crew to Be Quarantined for 21 Days

After freelance crew member tests positive for Ebola.
7:48 PM, Oct 02, 2014

NBC News chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, and her crew will be flown back to America from Africa to be quarantined, an NBC memo states. The drastic action comes after a freelance member of the NBC crew reporting on Ebola was in fact diagnosed with Ebola.

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Obama Orders Boots on the Ground!

9:07 AM, Sep 16, 2014

We're at war. We're putting boots on the ground. We're not waiting around for the host nation's government to get its affairs in order, or for a regional coalition to commit first. The president has apparently overcome his reluctance to use the military, his worries about a commitment to intervene without an exit strategy, and his usual reluctance to acknowledge (even implicitly) that his administration was wrong when it assured us that there was nothing much for us to worry about.

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Obama Briefed on MERS

12:04 PM, May 13, 2014

President Obama has been briefed on mystery virus MERS, White House spokesman Jay Carney said at today's briefing.


Carney on MERS: The president has been briefed on this development. The CDC is taking this current situation very seriously"

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) May 13, 2014



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Drones Hit by Virus?

3:02 PM, Oct 07, 2011

Noah Shachtman reports for Wired that "A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones."


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