Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 6, 2014
October 6, 2014
The White House:
The White House insists that the government is prepared to deal with the Ebola outbreak in Africa that has reached the United States. Appearing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," White House Senior Adviser DAN PFEIFFER said, "We're very confident of the procedures we have in place."
He added, "There is no country in the world better prepared than the U.S. to deal with this. We have the best public health infrastructure, the best doctors... "We've been preparing for this eventuality since the outbreak in West Africa started seven months ago." (Pacelli)
Other Ebola updates:
--The CDC says THOMAS ERIC DUNCAN is "fighting for his life" and in critical condition at a Dallas hospital. The Washington Post reports officials are closely monitoring people who came into contact with Duncan after he became symptomatic a few days after leaving Liberia.
--Officials have located a homeless man who had a "low-risk contact" with the first Ebola patient in Dallas. NBC News reports the homeless man was brought to a hospital where he will be monitored.
--Dr. RICK SACRA, a U-S aide worker who was treating patients in Liberia when he contracted Ebola, has been readmitted to the hospital with a respiratory infection. ABC News reports Dr. Sacra was admitted to the UMass Memorial Medical Center over the weekend. He had been treated at the Nebraska Medical Center for Ebola and was released from there on September 26th. Officials say his symptoms are not a relapse of the Ebola virus.
--The freelance NBC News cameraman who was diagnosed in Liberia with the Ebola virus was scheduled to head home yesterday for treatment at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. The camera man for NBC News' medical editor Dr. NANCY SNYDERMAN tested positive for Ebola on Thursday. (Bartha)
Trolling for IQ points:
The Coast Guard rescued a man who tried to "run" across the Atlantic ocean.
Officials discovered 42-year-old REZA BALUCHI last week 70 miles off the Florida coast floating in what looked like a giant hamster ball. At first, Baluchi refused to come ashore because he was attempting to run all the way to Bermuda in a hydro pod bubble. By Saturday, he had became fatigued and was running out of supplies, so the Coast guard pulled him in. Temps inside his giant bubble are thought to have reached 120-degrees.
Baluchi says he's a marathon runner trying "to inspire us and unite us as a people" and to "raise money for children in need." (Still)
Guess who's not showing up for an appearance this Wednesday?
That would be TERESA GIUDICE, who just picked up a 15-month jail sentence for multiple fraud charges. So, the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star had to cancel an autograph-signing session for her Fabellini Wine at Bibi'z Restaurant and Lounge in Westwood, NJ.
However, the pair will be appearing on "Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live" tonight at 9 pm (Eastern) on Bravo.
Like you really care:
Just when you think SHIA LaBEOUF isn't weird enough, he does something else beyond weird. In Touch magazine reports that the actor's "Fury" costar LOGAN LERMAN said that Shia cut his own face with a knife and had a dentist pull one of his teeth for his role as a tank gunner to look more authentic.
Phone starter: How far is too far for a role? (Myers)
GEORGE CLOONEY whisked his new bride away for an extremely private honeymoon. X17Online reports the grey fox and AMAL ALAMUDDIN are staying at a swanky joint in the Seychelles that can only be accessed by helicopter. Word is it's one of the most beautiful spots on earth and is a personal favorite of BRANGELINA as well as PRINCE WILLIAM and DUCHESS KATE. (Lee)
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