Ebola is spreading. Fast. Here’s what’s happened in the last 24h;
A health worker who helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan at the Texas Health Presbyterian hospital has now tested positive for the virus, medical officials say. This event marks the first instance of Ebola transmission in the United States.
‘Enhanced’ health screening has commenced at New York JFK airport. Four other important hubs (Chicago O’Hare, Washington Dulles, Newark Liberty International Airport, and Hartsfield-Jackson AAtlanta) will follow suit next week.
Teresa Romero, the Spanish nurse who was the first person to become infected with Ebola outside Africa, has been given the experimental ZMapp drug. According to hospital sources, her condition appears to be improving, though she remains in a serious, if stable condition.
The Ebola crisis in Spain is far from over however, as 16 other people remain under observation.
The current Ebola outbreak, the worst in history, has so far killed more than 4,000 people, mostly in West Africa, with Liberia being the worst hit, accounting for over half the total number of deaths.
Though some experimental treatments have been tested, no known cure officially exists for the disease.