The Army’s top general says human error probably was not a factor in the inadvertent shipping of live anthrax to research laboratories. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, the search for wreckage from AirAsia flight 8501 expanded to make up for more than a week of strong currents in the Java Sea. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Transport Ministry suspended the airline’s license for flying from Surabaya to Singapore on unauthorized days. Also, Boko Haram militants attacked and seized the headquarters of a multinational military base in Nigeria. Continue reading
Several scientists may have been exposed to the Ebola virus at a Centers for Disease Control lab in Atlanta, the Washington Post reported. The Washington Post report said that as many as 12 scientists were potentially exposed when a sample … Continue reading
The first ever case of Ebola in the U.S. has been diagnosed in Dallas.
WASHINGTON — Signaling the seriousness of the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the government to create a national plan to fight them by early 2015.
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the outbreak is unprecedented in part because it’s in a region of Africa that never has dealt with Ebola before. He says the outbreak’s two main drivers are lax infection control during patient care and risky burial practices. Continue reading
Two American aid workers infected with Ebola in Liberia will be sent back for care at Emory University hospital in Atlanta — the first time any Ebola patient has been transferred to the U.S. for treatment. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control, about containing the worst outbreak of the disease in known history. Continue reading
Safety and security problems put the head of the Centers for Disease Control under the microscope at a House hearing. Lawmakers questioned Dr. Thomas Frieden over concerns such as workers being exposed to live strains of anthrax and avian flu being shipped to outside labs, among dozens of other safety violations. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Alex Wayne of Bloomberg News. Continue reading
Excessive alcohol consumption accounts for one in 10 deaths among working-age Americans each year, making it the fourth leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. And it’s not just alcoholic drinkers at risk; partying, bingeing and daily drinking all take a toll. Hari Sreenivasan interviews Dr. Robert Brewer, co-author of a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. Continue reading