Pandemic Hazard – Enterovirus (EV-D68): Disease Outbreak, Health Threat
Epidemic Hazard – Enterovirus Respiratory Virus (EV-D68)
North-America- USA | State of New Jersey, Hoboken, Joseph F. Brandt Primary School
Bio-hazard Level: 4/4 Hazardous
Location: N 40° 44.854, W 74° 1.804
Humans Infected: 1
Human Population Affected: Pandemic – Disease Outbreak (Actual numbers now censored)
Biological Hazard in USA on Saturday, 25 October, 2014 at 05:42 (05:42 AM) UTC
A student at the Brandt elementary school in Hoboken has been diagnosed by a doctor as having a strain of the enterovirus, city spokesman Juan Melli confirmed on Friday evening. However, Melli emphasized that there were over 100 known strains of enterovirus, only one of which has been associated with deaths of schoolchildren in New Jersey and elsewhere. He could not say whether the child does or does not have the dangerous D68 strain. A letter sent home to parents on Friday said the school had been informed of the situation Friday morning, and the student had not been in school since Oct. 20. The letter said, “Please keep in mind enteroviruses are one of many common viruses that people come in contact with every day. The student is being cared of at home, has not required hospitalization or lab testing for enterovirus D68, and has not been in school since Monday…our school staff has already been in contact with Hudson County public health officials for recommendations to appropriately disinfect surfaces within our school.” The affected third-floor classroom will also be cleaned Saturday. The Brandt School educates children in PreK-3 through kindergarten. The virus has raised concerns because of young children who have died from one strain. Kids with asthma and other respiratory conditions are more susceptible.
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Epidemic Hazard – Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola virus)
North America - USA | State of New Jersey, Newark, University Hospital in Newark
Bio-hazard Level: 4/4 Hazardous
Location: N 40° 44.415, W 74° 11.445
Biological Hazard in USA on Saturday, 25 October, 2014 at 05:24 (05:24 AM) UTC.
The health care worker who had been under quarantine earlier today has developed a fever and is being evaluated at University Hospital in Newark for the possibility of Ebola, according to the N.J. Department of Health. The unnamed health worker had appeared healthy when she landed at Newark Liberty International Airport Friday, officials said, but she was was quarantined anyway because of her proximity to Ebola victims. Officials said the woman was a U.S. citizen who began her trip back to the United States in Sierra Leone, one of the three West African countries struggling to contain the outbreak of the deadly virus. She was the first airline traveler to be quarantined under the policy announced earlier in the day by the governors of New Jersey and New York. She is not a New Jersey resident. She spent her initial hours of quarantine in the small Quarantine Station operated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the airport, according to Donna Leusner, spokeswoman for the Department of Health. As of Friday evening, she had been transferred to University Hospital in Newark – one of the three designated hospitals for treating any Ebola case in New Jersey – and was undergoing a medical evaluation.
While federal policy subjects anyone who has traveled to West Africa report their temperature daily for 21 days after arrival in the United States, Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo jointly announced that any passenger who had contact with Ebola victims in West Africa would be placed under a 21-day quarantine, no matter how healthy they appeared. The move by the two governors came the day after a Doctors Without Borders physician was hospitalized with Ebola. He had flown in through JFK International Airport, and was healthy upon his arrival. His subsequent contracts and movements through the city became the subject of public health concern, triggering concerns about everything from the subways to a Brooklyn bowling alley. Newark-Liberty and JFK are among the five nationally-designated airports permitted to receive travelers from Ebola-affected West African nations. Christie said New York and New Jersey are going above and beyond the CDC guidelines. “Our states have to be the most vigilant and we’re going to be the most vigilant,” the governor said. Those ordered to undergo quarantine will be required to stay in their homes for 21 days, Christie said. He said a “more rigorous and appropriate” screening process is needed at the airports, since people can’t be counted on to voluntarily quarantine themselves. He cited the case of NBC Chief Medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman, who broke the Centers of Disease Control’s recommendation of voluntary quarantine and was seen shopping and eating in her hometown of Princeton. “You don’t have to hit us across the head more than once,” he said. Cuomo called it an evolving situation that requires as much caution as possible.
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