Contained? NYC Department Of Health Actively Monitoring 357 Individuals For Ebola

The good news is that New York's first Ebola patient, Dr. Spencer, is "showing improvement." The bad news is:

  • *NYC: 357 INDIVIDUALS ACTIVELY MONITORED AS OF NOV. 5

Contained indeed and "hard to catch." Perhaps that explains why Obama just asked for $6.2 billion to manage this monster.

  • *JOINT EBOLA UPDATE FROM NYC DOHMH AND HHC
  • *NYC: EBOLA PATIENT IN BELLEVUE CONDITION IS STABLE
  • *NYC: EBOLA PATIENT IN BELLEVUE CONTINUES TO SHOW IMPROVEMENT
  • *HHC CITING ONE PERSON IN QUARANTINE DUE TO CONTACT WITH SPENCER
  • *NYC: 357 INDIVIDUALS ACTIVELY MONITORED AS OF NOV. 5
  • *NYC: 1 NOW SUBJECT TO DIRECT ACTIVE MONITORING DUE TO SPENCER

Via NY DOH,

The City is announcing that, after an additional physician review, one individual under quarantine because of contact with Dr. Spencer will now be subject to direct active monitoring. The individual poses no public health threat and is showing no symptoms.  This person's daily movements in New York City will no longer be restricted, and the individual will be assessed twice each day by Health Department staff.  One individual in New York City currently remains under quarantine.

 

The patient being treated for Ebola at HHC Bellevue Hospital Center continues to show improvement and is stable. He remains in isolation and is receiving treatment.

 

The City is also providing an update on the number of individuals under active monitoring in New York City. As of Wednesday, November 5th, 357 individuals are being actively monitored by the Health Department. The vast majority of these individuals are travelers arriving in New York City within the past 21 days from the three Ebola-affected countries who are being monitored post-arrival, as well as Bellevue Hospital staff caring for Dr. Spencer.  The list also includes FDNY EMS staff who transported Dr. Spencer to Bellevue and the lab workers who conducted Dr. Spencer's blood test.  All of these individuals are being monitored out of an abundance of caution, and none are showing any symptoms.  The number of individuals who will be actively monitored will continue to fluctuate as people arrive or depart New York City, we learn more about people's exposures, and 21 days of monitoring has passed.

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FACT SHEET: Emergency Funding Request to Enhance the U.S. Government’s Response to Ebola at Home and Abroad

Since the first cases of Ebola were reported in West Africa in March 2014, the United States has mounted a whole-of-government response to contain and eliminate the epidemic at its source, while also taking prudent measures to protect the American people.

 

Today, the Administration announced it is seeking $6.18 billion through an emergency funding request to Congress to enhance our comprehensive efforts to address this urgent situation.  To help meet both immediate and longer-term requirements, $4.64 billion is requested for immediate response and $1.54 billion is requested as a Contingency Fund to ensure that there are resources available to meet the evolving nature of the epidemic.

 

The $4.64 billion for the Administration’s immediate response, as outlined below, is designed to fortify domestic public health systems, contain and mitigate the epidemic in West Africa, speed the procurement and testing of vaccines and therapeutics, and strengthen global health security by reducing risks to Americans by enhancing capacity for vulnerable countries to prevent disease outbreaks, detect them early, and swiftly respond before they become epidemics that threaten our national security.  These are the same activities that are necessary to combat the spread of Ebola and reduce the potential for future outbreaks of infectious diseases that could follow a similarly devastating, costly, and destabilizing trajectory.

 

Read more here

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