The 2014 Ebola outbreak is now one of the greatest global health crises in recent history. The past few days have brought forth a slew of alarming headlines:
- In Dallas, a nurse, Nina Pham, has become the first recorded case of Ebola transmission in the United States. Pham contracted the disease while treating a Liberian man, who died last week.
- A second nurse in Dallas has just been diagnosed.
- In Madrid, a nurse has contracted the disease after treating a missionary who had traveled to Sierra Leone.
- In response to the news from Dallas, the CDC intends to revise its Ebola guidelines for hospitals, though specifics have yet to be made public.
- Many experts are questioning the CDC's existing recommendations, arguing that they've inadequately prepared hospitals to treat Ebola.
- In West Africa, over 4000 people are dead, with many children orphaned by the disease.
- The total mortality rate from the outbreak has risen to 70 percent.
On Wednesday, October 15, at noon PST/3PM EST, National Nurses United, the United States' largest nurses' union, is hosting a national conference call on Ebola in light of these new developments. NNU is calling for higher standards for hospital preparation, including making hazmat suits available and providing more extensive training for nurses.
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