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CDC: Our Zika Money Is Basically Gone

'The cupboard is bare,' says Tom Frieden

(Newser) - "The cupboard is bare." Not the most reassuring sentence when the speaker is CDC head Tom Frieden and what was formerly in the cupboard was the agency's Zika-fighting money. Congress has thus far failed to direct emergency funds to fighting the Zika virus, so the CDC rerouted... More »

Tweeted Photo by CDC Chief Sums Up Zika Problem

'50 years of neglect'

(Newser) - One big reason the world is in something of a panic over the Zika virus is summed up succinctly in a photo tweeted Friday by CDC chief Tom Frieden. The image is of a paltry stack of papers on a desk, with the caption: "Entire world literature on Zika.... More »

Most Americans With HIV Are Doing Nothing About It

Only 30% are taking effective doses of antiretrovirals

(Newser) - More than a million Americans have HIV, but even among the 86% who know they're infected, only a minority are doing anything to control the virus, a new CDC study warns. The study found that only around 30% of the 1.2 million people with HIV have the virus... More »

CDC's New Ebola Policy: No Forced Quarantine

But military personnel now in 'controlled monitoring'

(Newser) - The federal government has rolled out new guidelines for health workers who have had contact with Ebola patients, and they stop short of the mandatory quarantines introduced in several states. Instead, the CDC guidelines released to state health departments recommend that people at risk isolate themselves voluntarily for 21 days,... More »

CDC Honcho Suggests Nurses Wore Too Much Gear

Tom Frieden: Too many layers of protection could have upped nurses' Ebola risk

(Newser) - Dealing With Ebola 101: Don't go out for takeout while quarantined, don't take a commercial flight if you're at risk of having the virus, and maybe cut down on the protective gear you're wearing if you're a health care worker—wait, what? The CDC head... More »

CDC May Use Do-Not-Fly List for Ebola

Dallas reporter says agency is developing one

(Newser) - CDC officials weren't pleased that a nurse who cared for an Ebola patient in Texas hopped on a commercial airliner, only to get sick herself soon after. They promised to prevent that from happening again, but how? "CDC tells me there is a 'do not board list,... More »

CDC Blames 'Protocol Breach' in Dallas Ebola Case

Meanwhile, nurse praised as 'heroic' as officials quarantine 'close contact'

(Newser) - The Texas health care worker who has become what is believed to be the first case of Ebola contracted on American soil wore full protective garb when treating Thomas Duncan, officials tell the AP . She is a female nurse, adds CNN , citing inside sources, though her identity is being withheld... More »

The Dallas Ebola Case: What You Need to Know

'No doubt' case will be isolated: CDC director

(Newser) - The US has seen its first Ebola diagnosis , but there's no reason to panic, officials say: "There's all the difference in the world between the US and parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading," notes CDC director Thomas Frieden. "There is no doubt in my... More »

First Case of Ebola Diagnosed in US

Patient in Dallas hospital is in isolation

(Newser) - The world's Ebola outbreak has officially reached the US. The CDC today confirmed the first diagnosis in the nation, reports NBC Fort Worth-Dallas . The patient, who is in isolation at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, had recently traveled to Liberia in West Africa and developed symptoms about... More »

CDC Hikes Ebola Alert to Highest Level

CDC Director Thomas Frieden makes announcement on Capitol Hill

(Newser) - The CDC has raised its response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to the highest-possible level—a sign that this battle could well be a long one, NBC News reports. CDC Director Thomas Frieden announced the "level 1 activation" today at a special congressional hearing, where he said... More »

CDC Chief: US Won't 'Seal Borders' Against Ebola

Tom Frieden says we know how to handle deadly virus

(Newser) - The US is treating the American doctor who contracted Ebola , and isn't about to turn tail on the virus. "Ebola’s scary, and it’s understandable that with a deadly disease, people are concerned," says CDC director Tom Frieden, but for those who would have us turn... More »

CDC Shuts 2 Labs After Another Dangerous Gaffe

New one involves dangerous strain of bird flu

(Newser) - Another day, another report of a potentially deadly lab mistake by the CDC. The latest one, involving bird flu, has prompted CDC chief Tom Frieden to shut down two research labs temporarily and to halt the shipment of risky germs, reports AP . The bird flu mistake actually happened in May... More »

Doctor Saves Choking Woman With Pocket Knife

Lesson: If you're going to choke on dinner, do it in a room full of top doctors

(Newser) - It's a regular occurrence in TV and movies, but a less common scene in real life: A doctor in Bakersfield, Calif., saved a choking woman's life at a restaurant by using a pocket knife and pen to perform an emergency tracheotomy, the Bakersfield Californian reports. If there is... More »

America Still Smoking Up a Storm: CDC

(Newser) - The smoking rate in the United States has stalled after 40 years of steady declines, according to a report by the CDC. The Los Angeles Times reports that 1 in 5 people are regular smokers, a figure that has remained constant for the last 5 years. The CDC says more... More »

Prez Taps NYC Health Head to Lead CDC

Frieden will steer country's response to swine flu

(Newser) - President Obama today appointed Dr. Thomas Frieden as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, turning to New York City's health commissioner to deal with the swine flu outbreak and other major health issues. Frieden has served as commissioner for the past 7 years, where he led a... More »

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