News Updates from CLG
16 October 2014

Previous edition:’Strontium-90, tritium soar to record-breaking readings in Fukushima groundwater after typhoon,’ which Google relegated to the sp*m bin. See: Google Filter Instructions for CLG Newsletter.

And, today’s obstacle is:Doubles of CLG Newsletter a listserv technical problem; we are not sending two copies By Lori Price, 15 Oct 2014 Well. Because I can’t get through *one day* without some useless, time-wasting issue that absorbs hours of my time, today’s hindrance involves the Mailman listserv that CLG is obliged to use. Apparently, many folks are receiving two copies of each CLG Newsletter — so that the few people who actually *receive* CLG News, sans NSA interference — think that we are sending doubles of each newsletter. No, that is not the case. This problem involves the mail server that disseminates the CLG Newsletter. Hopefully, the problem can and will be rectified in short order. Switching gears, I realize it’s too much to get anyone to help us with the Google/Yahoo blockade…but I can dream, can’t I? Meanwhile, your patience and ongoing support is appreciated.

Obama: CDC ‘SWAT’ Teams Will Combat Ebola15 Oct 2014 President Barack Obama said Wednesday his administration will respond to new Ebola cases "in a much more aggressive way," taking charge of the issue after a second Texas health care worker was diagnosed with the disease. The meeting came amid questions about how two health care workers could have contracted Ebola in a country said to have strict protocols in place…Afterward, the President sought to tamp down fears of of an outbreak of the disease within the United States — saying that he shook hands with, hugged and kissed nurses who’d treated an American doctor who contracted Ebola in Africa, and felt safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will have "SWAT teams" ready to send to hospitals where future cases are discovered, he said.

President Obama Convenes Emergency Ebola Meeting at White House 15 Oct 2014 The United States must monitor Ebola in a "much more aggressive way," President Obama said today, also noting that he has directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to send a rapid response team — which he described as a medical "SWAT team" — within 24 hours when someone is diagnosed. The meeting was an effort to coordinate the federal government’s response, featuring representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense, the White House said in a statement released earlier today.

House Homeland Security chairs urge suspension of visas from Ebola-affected countries 15 Oct 2014 House Homeland Security chairs are calling on the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department to suspend visas from Ebola-affected nations. Wednesday, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson urging that the U.S. suspend visas of individuals from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone until "the Ebola virus is under control."

Ebola air scare in the US: CDC trying to track down all 132 passengers aboard Frontier flight from Cleveland just HOURS before she was hospitalized 15 Oct 2014 Amber Jay Vinson, the second nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola, had a lo-grade fever and boarded a flight from Cleveland, Ohio, to Dallas, anyway – just hours before she was hospitalized with the deadly disease. Now, CDC officials are trying to track down all 132 passengers who were aboard Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 on Monday with Ms Vinson over fears they could all have been exposed to the virus. Ms Vinson traveled home to Ohio to plan her wedding and visit her mother last Friday, despite being one of the 76 medical workers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital under observation by the Centers for Disease Control.

New Ebola patient told CDC about fever, health agency allowed her to fly 15 Oct 2014 A second Texas nurse who has contracted Ebola told a U.S. health official she had a slight fever and was allowed to board a plane from Ohio to Texas, a federal source said on Wednesday, intensifying concerns about the U.S. response to the deadly virus. The nurse, Amber Vinson, 29, flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday, the day before she was diagnosed with Ebola, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Vinson told the CDC her temperature was 99.5 Fahrenheit (37.5 Celsius). Since that was below the CDC’s temperature threshold of 100.4F (38C), "she was not told not to fly," the source said.

Frontier jet that carried Ebola patient made five more flights 15 Oct 2014 The Frontier Airlines jet that carried a Dallas healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola made five additional flights after her trip before it was taken out of service, according to a flight-monitoring website. Denver-based Frontier said in a statement that it grounded the plane immediately after the carrier was notified late Tuesday night by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the Ebola patient… The healthcare worker also had flown to Cleveland from Dallas three days earlier on Frontier Flight 1142, the airline reported.

Second Ebola-infected nurse flown from Dallas to Atlanta for specialized treatment 15 Oct 2014 The second nurse infected with Ebola at a Texas hospital was flown by private jet Wednesday to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for further specialized treatment. The patient was identified earlier in the day as 29-year-old Amber Vinson as authorities expressed concern that she took a domestic flight — reportedly to prepare for her wedding in Cleveland — just one day before coming down with symptoms of the deadly disease. "The second health care worker should not have been allowed to travel by virtue of being in an exposed group," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a telebriefing Wednesday.

Ebola Strikes Second Texas Hospital Worker and More Cases a ‘Possibility’ 15 Oct 2014 A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who tended to Thomas Eric Duncan as he died of Ebola has tested positive for the lethal virus and a hospital official said this morning that additional cases among the hospital’s health care workers is a "very real possibility." The unidentified health care worker reported a fever Tuesday and was isolated at the hospital, authorities said. The preliminary Ebola test was run late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and results were received at about midnight, authorities said.