Texas Health Presbyterian admits fault. A hospitalized cameraman is Ebola-free. And the U.S. Ebola czar starts his new job.
With multiple developments under way, here’s the latest on the Ebola outbreak:
Texas Health Presbyterian admits breakdown
The hospital system that owns Texas Health Presbyterian said it “fell short” several times in treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, starting by not asking the right questions in the ER. When the Liberian native came in with a fever, the nurse wrote down he “came from Africa” but didn’t specify which nation. A physician wrote that Duncan was a “local resident,” with “no contact with sick people. No symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.”
Duncan’s family is angry
Duncan’s family is upset that Texas Health Presbyterian refused for weeks to release lab results that would have shown the effects of the experimental drug, brincidofovir, that was given to him, according to the Associated Press. The family told AP the hospital also changed the “consent relatives” who were overseeing his care and stopped providing relatives with medical information.
Cameraman beats Ebola
Freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo no longer has Ebola in his bloodstream and will be allowed to leave Nebraska Medical Center on Wednesday. The 33-year-old was working for NBC News when he tested positive for Ebola in Liberia. “I fought and won, with lots of help,” he tweeted.
Texas nurse is getting better
The condition of Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola after treating Duncan, has been upgraded from fair to good. The family of Amber Vinson, the second nurse infected after treating Duncan, doesn’t want her condition made public.
U.S. ‘Ebola czar’ takes office
The newly appointed Ebola czar, Ron Klain, will officially start on the job Wednesday. Klain doesn’t have any extensive background in health care, but the new job is regarded as a managerial challenge.
Senate schedules hearing
The Senate will hold a hearing on the government’s handling of the outbreak — but not until November 6, two days after Election Day. It’ll mark the first hearing in the Democratic-led Senate since the first three U.S. cases were diagnosed in Dallas. The GOP-controlled House held a hearing last week to grill Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials.
Good news for Spanish nurse
Nurse’s aide Teresa Romero Ramos is now free of Ebola. She contracted the virus after treating Ebola patients.
New travel restrictions in place
All U.S.-bound passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea must land in one of the five U.S. airports with enhanced screening for Ebola: New York’s John F. Kennedy International, Washington Dulles, New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International, Chicago’s O’Hare International and Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta. More than 4,500 people have died from Ebola from those three West African countries.
Rwanda turns the tables
With a handful of Ebola patients in the U.S. and at least one in Spain, Rwanda is requiring anyone coming from those two countries to report their medical condition by phone to officials for the first 21 days of their visit the U.S. Embassy in Kigali said.
WHO convenes for Ebola
The World Health Organization gathers for its third meeting of the Emergency Committee on Ebola on Wednesday.
Vaccine testing under way
Testing has started on a vaccine at the U.S. National Institutes of Health while a trial for a second vaccine, developed in Canada, began at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland. It’s not clear when vaccines could be distributed to the masses.
CNN’s Ed Lavandera and Rene Marsh contributed to this report.