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- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News3 hrs ago
Social media posts penned by the shooter in Friday’s rampage at a Washington State high school portray a head-over-heels teenager who grew more and more tormented when the relationship fell apart.
Authorities have identified the gunman as Jaylen Fryberg. Fryberg’s Facebook page shows him living in Tulalip Bay, nine miles from Marysville-Pilchuck High School where police say two students were killed — including the gunman — and at least four others injured in the Friday morning shooting.
“I can't believe I just witnessed a shooting,” Austin Joyner, a student at the school, said on Twitter. “Kid came into the cafeteria and walked over to a table and pulled out the gun and shot 4-6 shots at students sitting down.”
The Seattle Times reported that several students told them that Fryberg, a freshman, was responsible. Kobe Baumann, 14, told the paper that he was with Fryberg in English class right before the shooting, and that he appeared kind of nervous.
“He sits right up in the front,” Baumann said. “He got called on but he just kept his head down and didn’t really say anything.”
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News10 hrs ago
DALLAS — After nearly two weeks in isolation, Ebola patient Nina Pham walked out of a Maryland hospital on Friday free of the deadly disease that has seized the nation’s attention.
“She has no virus in her,” said Dr. Tony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Health. “She is cured of Ebola, let's get that clear.”
Fauci's boss' boss got the message. President Barack Obama invited Pham and her family to the White House where he gave the Ebola survivor a big hug.
Pham — one of two Texas nurses to contract the disease while caring for the country’s first Ebola patient — was hopeful and humble as she left the hospital Friday morning.
“I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on how many others have not been so fortunate,” Pham said. “I do not know how I can ever thank everyone enough for their prayers and their expressions of concerns, hope and love.”
Still, the 26-year-old acknowledged the ordeal “has been very stressful and challenging for me and my family.”
“Although I no longer have Ebola, I know it may be a while before I have my strength back,” Pham said.
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News2 days ago
DALLAS — Barely a week after being diagnosed with Ebola, Texas nurse Amber Vinson is free of the deadly virus, her family said on Wednesday night.
“We are overjoyed to announce that, as of [Tuesday] evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control are no longer able to detect virus in her body,” read a statement from a family spokesperson.
Debra Berry, the nurse's mother, is in Dallas under a self-imposed quarantine, because she had recently spent time with Vinson. But Berry spoke with her daughter by phone on Wednesday night, according to the statement.
“Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition,” Berry said in the statement. “We all know that further treatment will be necessary as Amber continues to regain strength, but these latest developments have truly answered prayers and bring our family one step closer to reuniting with her at home.”
Jason McDonald, a CDC spokesperson, told Yahoo News late Wednesday that he was not aware of Vinson's recovery.
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News3 days ago
DALLAS — It’s been popular in the court of public opinion to condemn West African Thomas Eric Duncan for delivering Ebola to America’s doorstep.
But a Texas doctor who tried to save the Ebola patient’s life doesn't see it that way.
“I don’t think about it in terms of blame,” said Dr. Gary Weinstein, a Dallas critical care physician who was with Duncan when he died earlier this month.
Duncan was living in Ebola-ravaged Liberia before arriving in Texas, but relatives have repeatedly said the 42-year-old had no idea he was infected before leaving his homeland — even after aiding a sick neighbor four days before his Sept. 19 flight. His neighbors and employer in Liberia have reported that Duncan received his visa to travel to the U.S. in early September.
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News4 days ago
DALLAS — A month ago today Louise Troh was picking up her long-lost love, Thomas Eric Duncan, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport — after 16 years and an ocean’s distance between them.
Tragically, their fairy-tale reunion ended within days and they were separated again — this time a mere 15 miles apart.
Duncan died on Oct. 8 in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas from the highly contagious Ebola virus, which his family says he unknowingly brought with him from West Africa.
Troh never got to say goodbye in person. She and members of her family were kept in quarantine for a 21-day incubation period out of fear that Duncan might have passed on the dreaded disease during their week together.
On Monday, health officials gave Troh the all-clear to resume her life.
“Even though the quarantine is over, our time of mourning is not over,” Troh said in a statement provided by city officials. “My beloved fiance, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was also the father of my son, Karsiah Eric Duncan, did not survive with us. We continue to mourn his loss and grieve the circumstances that led to his death, just at the time we thought we were facing a happy future together.”
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News7 days ago
DALLAS – The CDC has repeatedly said any hospital in the country can safely care for an Ebola patient, but the largest health care system in Texas told Yahoo News on Friday that only two of its 46 hospitals statewide are ready to treat someone with the deadly virus.
Dr. Bob Pryor, Baylor Scott & White Health’s chief operating officer, made the revelation when asked about Ebola training currently underway at Baylor Medical Center in Irving, just miles from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
“So what we would do is we would transfer that patient to one of our facilities that have the adequate capability and capacity,” Pryor said. For now, he said, that means the system’s flagship hospitals in downtown Dallas and in the central Texas town of Temple.
In a company email sent this week, Baylor Irving safety manager Joshua Ball told supervisors that the facility’s annual “Safety Day” scheduled for Thursday and Friday would be canceled “to do hands on PPE (personal protective equipment) education” and get Ebola updates.
“Please ensure that your staff are notified of this change,” Ball writes in the email. “Sorry for the short notice and thank you for your understanding.”
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News8 days ago
DALLAS — A top official at the Texas hospital where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan died and two nurses contracted the deadly virus is apologizing to Congress for his facility’s “mistakes” in handling the highly contagious disease.
A transcript of testimony by Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of the hospital’s parent chain Texas Health Resources, is expected to be presented at noon Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
“Unfortunately, in our initial treatment of Mr. Duncan, despite our best intentions and a highly skilled medical team, we made mistakes,” Varga’s testimony reads. “We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry.”
Because he cannot attend the hearing, Varga’s remarks were posted on a federal government website on Wednesday.
Texas Health is a faith-based, nonprofit organization consisting of 25 acute-care and short-stay hospitals. Varga, who was paid $500,000 in 2012, according to the group’s tax returns, is responsible for patient safety among other things.
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News9 days ago
DALLAS – A second nurse who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has been diagnosed with the deadly disease — a day after flying from Ohio to Texas, officials said.
CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a national news conference on Wednesday that Dallas nurse Amber Joy Vinson “was in a group of individuals known to have exposure to Ebola, she should not have traveled on a commercial airline.”
But according to multiple news reports, Vinson phoned the CDC before leaving Ohio to report she had an elevated fever of 99.5 degrees and would be flying back to Dallas. Vinson wasn't “told she couldn't fly,” an unidentified CDC source told ABC News.
“Somebody dropped the ball,” CBS News quoted one health official as saying.
Vinson, who was in Ohio last weekend to plan her wedding, was not experiencing symptoms when she made the flight from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth late Monday, Frieden said.
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News10 days ago
DALLAS — Ebola has haunted Dallas for two weeks, killing one man and infecting a nurse who was treating him.
In hindsight — CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said on Tuesday — the nation’s health protection agency should have stepped in and taken control when the country’s first Ebola case emerged in Dallas.
“Getting it right is really, really important because the stakes are so high,” Frieden said during a news conference. “We could have sent a more robust hospital infection control team and been more hands on with the hospital from Day One about how this should be managed.”
From now on, Frieden said, the CDC will rush a team of infectious disease specialists to assist U.S. hospitals that confirm having a case of the deadly Ebola virus.
“We will put a team on the ground within hours with some of the world's leading experts in how to take care of and protect health care workers from Ebola infection,” Frieden said. “I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the first patient was diagnosed.”
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News11 days ago
DALLAS — The Texas nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first person to die of the virus in the U.S. has been identified as 26-year-old Nina Pham.
Health officials have not released the nurse’s name, but Yahoo News identified Pham through public records and a state nursing database.
Then on Monday, Pham’s family confirmed her identity to Dallas ABC News affiliate WFAA.
Pham, a critical care nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, is one of at least 50 to 70 people who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan before he died last Wednesday.
Pham has been in isolation since late Friday. The CDC confirmed her Ebola diagnosis on Sunday. It is the first time the deadly virus has been transmitted in the United States.
The Dallas resident graduated from Texas Christian University's accelerated nursing program in 2010, the school said in a statement. State records show Pham received her nursing license in June 2010.