Ebola update: Dallas and Airport Screening

It's been another eventful day. We've learned the unfortunate news that Eric Duncan, the index patient with Ebola in Dallas, has passed away. There have been concerns about further transmission to three other Spanish healthcare workers and that the initial nurse may have contracted the virus through breaking PPE removal protocol. There is even news that a second person in Dallas might have acquired Ebola through contact with Mr. Duncan or his surroundings. President Obama announced increased screening at the five US airports that account for 94% of entry flights carrying people from West Africa. Finally, NYT Science Reporter Carl Zimmer said that "worrying about Ebola becoming airborne, is like worrying about wolves evolving wings."

You could read all of these reports and more but the quickest way to catch up on today's Ebola news is to listen to Dan Diekema's interview on this afternoon's PRI The World. Somehow, Dan pulled away from his SHEA presidential duties and IDWeek sessions to record the interview that I've posted below.



  1. Why do you say, "Spanish" healthcare workers? Why not just "healthcare workers"?

    1. Because of the specific epidemiology of this outbreak. In this case, the healthcare workers were all involved in the care of a Spanish priest cared for in Madrid. CNN mentioned these HCW in conjunction with the Spanish nurse, as mentioned in the article I linked to. Leaving out their location might confuse readers into thinking the HCW were from Dallas or Liberia. All of these locations are distinct with distinct risks of transmission.

      Do you disagree? Can you further explain why this isn't correct?


Post a Comment

Thanks for submitting your comment to the Controversies blog. To reduce spam, all comments will be reviewed by the blog moderator prior to publishing. However, all legitimate comments will be published, whether they agree with or oppose the content of the post.

Most Read Posts (Last 30 Days)