The Ebola virus has arrived on our shores, and already it has infected the politics. Nina Pham, a nurse at a Dallas hospital, contracted the deadly disease despite treating an Ebola patient in protective gear, and having had training in dealing with infectious patients. Many rightly ask: How could this happen?
It’s symptomatic of the broken immigration system that someone from Liberia with recent contact with Ebola victims was allowed entry into the United States on a temporary visa. Permission was granted a full five months after the outbreak in Liberia had been officially confirmed. Common sense would have restricted entry into the United States from countries dealing with an outbreak, allowing exceptions only for essential travel to support humanitarian medical missions, and then with the proper precautions.
An Obama administration health official said Sunday that U.S. protocols on Ebola failed because they originally were intended for African field hospitals, while the White House came under another round of attacks for its refusal to restrict travel from nations suffering epidemic outbreaks.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the original Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructions for dealing with the virus were taken from the World Health Organization’s protocol for Africa, where conditions are much different from those in U.S. hospitals.
The Ebola finger-pointing kicked into a higher gear Monday as politicians in Washington blamed each other for cutting research funding, even as the federal government’s top disease chief apologized for suggesting workers at a Dallas hospital failed to follow protocols, leading to this weekend’s first U.S.-contracted case of the deadly virus.
Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters that the diagnosis of the nurse – identified by local news reports as 26-year-old Nina Pham – shouldn’t be an occasion for placing blame. Instead, he said, it should force health officials to rethink and redouble their preventive efforts, because something went wrong.
President Obama likes to kick Congress when it’s down. Who would defend a body with a 14 percent approval rating? Only the Ebola virus may be less popular than Congress, but it’s Mr. Obama who has imposed the gridlock.
Speaking at a fundraising dinner in Chicago, Mr. Obama feigned frustration. “You remember Harry Truman with the do-nothing Congress? This is a less productive Congress than the do-nothing Congress. This Congress makes the do-nothing Congress look like the New Deal.”
The Pentagon on Wednesday made the sobering prediction that more towns in Syria and Iraq will fall to the Islamic State in the coming weeks, and that air power alone is not going to be enough to prevent the fall of the Syrian city of Kobani near the Turkish border.
It also raised the prospect of Islamic State terrorists marching on Baghdad, a fear that lawmakers and former top military officials say can only be addressed by ground forces.
Communicable diseases continue to be a problem at the New Mexico facility built to house illegal immigrant families surging across the U.S.-Mexico border, and the immigrants themselves aren’t taking their own health care very seriously, according to an audit released Monday.
Election Day was once the anticipated day when voters arrived at the polls eager to pull a lever for their favorite candidates. Now Election Day has become Election Season. Much like the “Christmas creep” that turns on the holiday carols in stores and shops a few days after Labor Day, election creep is running amok.
Ebola in the U.S.: Stricter travel quarantine practices dropped by Obama admin. in 2010 エボラ熱／検疫強化をオバマ政権が2010年に廃止
Many health and transportation officials are calling for stricter quarantine practices in response to the growing threat of the deadly Ebola virus being carried in by travelers from West Africa, but in 2010 the Obama Administration scrapped a set of regulations that might have prevented the disease from entering the U.S.
Bush administration proposals in response to the avian flu crisis in 2005 would have granted the federal government the power to detain sick airline passengers, USA Today reported in 2010.
As the Ebola virus spread quickly across parts of Africa in March, U.S. officials confronted a logistical nightmare: a complete lack of infrastructure in affected regions, no evacuation plans and air charter services that were unable or unwilling to fly into the region to transport seriously ill patients.
And it turns out there’s only one jet in the world – operated by a small private plane charter company in Georgia – with a special transport tube that allows medical personnel to treat Ebola patients while in flight.
Army intel bucks Homeland, warns anew of possible Islamic State attack on U.S. soil 陸軍情報機関が米本土へのイスラム国の攻撃を警告
While the Department of Homeland Security downplays possible U.S. threats from the Islamic State, Army intelligence has issued its own warning to military personnel about the possibility of an attack against them on U.S. soil.
President Obama has finally endorsed building a better security wall. It won’t be on the southern border, where one is badly needed. Instead, the administration wants new and improved barriers to keep the people as far away from “the people’s house” as possible.
It’s the response to Omar J. Gonzalez, a 42-year-old homeless veteran from Texas, who made his way past the security agents, clearing the gate and sprinting across the lawn and making his way into the White House.
The Pentagon has dispatched eight military personnel to Kiev this week to provide tips to Ukrainian security forces on counterinsurgency and military planning tactics.
‘Make in India’: Prime minister envisions manufacturing hub to rival China 「メーク・イン・インディア」中国と並ぶ製造拠点目指すインド首相
Seeking to put some muscle behind his promise to revamp and revitalize his nation’s economy, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a sweeping “Make in India” campaign Thursday just ahead of his highly anticipated trip to the U.S.
The aim of the campaign will be to turn India, which has lagged behind rival China in the international economic sweepstakes, into a global manufacturing hub and generate major job opportunities across the country, officials said. The campaign will be presented to executives of some 3,000 companies and will be publicized in world capitals, according to a report by New Delhi Television Ltd.
Illegals on Obamacare? Feds set to bounce 115,000 from program who can’t prove citizenship 滞在資格示せず、11万5000人がオバマケア登録無効に
The Obama administration has dragged its feet on revoking Obamacare coverage for people who can’t prove U.S. citizenship or legal residency, allowing some of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. to continue enjoying taxpayer-funded benefits, a Republican senator charged Monday.
“The Obama administration is bending over backwards to give Obamacare to illegal immigrants but won’t protect hardworking American citizens who are losing their health care coverage,” said Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican and an outspoken critic of President Obama’s health care law.
Ronald Reagan’s famous question that sank Jimmy Carter in 1980 – “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” – could be reprised to measure the performance of Barack Obama and the Democrats. The latest figures from the Census Bureau and Federal Reserve suggest the answer would be an emphatic “no.”
In 2008, Mr. Obama’s message of hope and change resonated with the promise of “policies that invest in our middle-class, create new jobs, and grow this economy from the bottom up so that everyone has a chance to succeed.” Audiences cheered, but now with the knowledge from experience, the question becomes, has that investment paid off?