NEW: 8,914 cases; 4,447 deaths so far from Ebola, WHO tweets
NBC medical correspondent says she's sorry for breaking quarantine order
Dallas nurse with Ebola is "clinically stable" and got blood transfusion from Ebola survivor
Disposal of incinerated waste from Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan's apartment is blocked
A second worker tests positive for Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. A nurses’ union issues a blistering critique. And WHO fears the outbreak will get far worse before it gets better.
With multiple developments on numerous fronts, here’s what you need to know Monday to quickly get caught up on the latest:
An apology for breaking quarantine
NBC medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman has issued an apology after she reportedly violated the quarantine her team was placed in when their cameraman contracted Ebola. “As a health professional I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused,” she said in a statement.
Cameraman says thank you
Several Texas and Ohio schools close
Dallas nurse is ‘clinically stable’
Officials are still trying to figure out how a Dallas nurse who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was infected. Nina Pham, a recent nursing college graduate, got her certification less than two months earlier. On Monday, she got a blood transfusion from American Ebola survivor Kent Brantly and is “clinically stable.”
Duncan’s waste disposal blocked
A judge has granted a temporary restraining order blocking the disposal in a Louisiana hazardous waste landfill of incinerated waste from the Texas apartment where Ebola patient Duncan stayed. The company that incinerated the waste told CNN it had followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and had no plans to move the waste to Louisiana.
70 caregivers involved
About 70 staffers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were involved in Duncan’s care, The Associated Press reports. On Monday, CDC Director Tom Frieden said, “We do not today have a number of such exposed people or potentially exposed health care workers.”
The blame game begins
The Agenda Project, a liberal advocacy group, has released an online ad that interlaces self-described “disturbing footages of the Ebola outbreak” with a mash-up of top Republicans – including those tied up in crucial midterm contests and potential 2016 candidates – saying the word “cut.” The ad describes how the CDC saw its discretionary funding cut by $585 million from 2010 to 2014 and the National Institutes of Health has faced $446 million in cuts during the same period.
WEST AFRICA DEVELOPMENTS
Chocolate companies join fight
Much of the production of the world’s largest chocolate companies comes from West Africa, and the companies are worried the virus will disrupt production. Nestlé and Mars say they have already responded to a call from the World Cocoa Foundation, a nonprofit that helps small cocoa farmers. The group plans to disclose Wednesday how much it has raised. Others in the group include Hershey, Godiva, Ghirardelli, General Mills and Mondelez International.
IN OTHER COUNTRIES
U.S. seeks use of Spanish bases
A U.N. worker being treated for Ebola in Germany has died. The Sudanese man had contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, the St. Georg clinic in Leipzig said.
Husband pens scathing letter
Teresa Romero Ramos, a nurse’s assistant in Spain who is the first person to contract Ebola outside Africa, is doing better after taking a turn for the worse last week. “There are signs of hope,” said Dr. Fernando Simon, spokesman for the government’s special committee for Ebola.
CNN’s Dana Ford, Catherine E. Shoichet and Anna Maja Rappard contributed to this report.