With a second American victim contracting the Ebola virus, many questions need to be addressed by the medical community and by the U.S. government. FOX News Radio addresses the issues.
FOX News Radio's Eben Brown, Jared Halpern, Rachel Sutherland and Tonya J. Powers report:
I'm Eben Brown in Dallas -- where Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is offering free rooms to employees under watch for Ebola, if only to afford them peace of mind in what is a stressful time. They continue to care for infected nurse Nina Pham, but employee Amber Vinson is now at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital. Vinson caused a scare when revealing she flew on Frontier Airlines the day before reporting a fever.
(Frieden) "She should not have traveled on a commercial airline."
CDC Director Tom Frieden. But now Vinson claims she was told by CDC it was okay to fly.
I'm Jared Halpern at the White House...
(President Obama) "The dangers of a serious outbreak are extraordinary low."
After cancelling a campaign swing...to meet with Cabinet secretaries and agency chiefs about the Ebola response, the President trying to balance concern with calm.
(President Obama) "It is not like the flu. It is not airborne."
Using himself as an example...the President says he shook hands with, hugged and kissed nurses who successfully treated Ebola patients in Atlanta.
(President Obama) "I felt perfectly safe doing so."
The President does want a CDC rapid response team on the ground at any hospital with an Ebola case -- to ensure protocols are being followed.
I'm Rachel Sutherland in Washington.
The government has resisted a travel ban on Ebola-stricken nations, saying it would make it more difficult to control the outbreak. But, calls are growing louder to reconsider. Dr. Richard Carmona, Surgeon General under President George W. Bush, says:
(Dr. Carmona) "I think that we have to put on the table any and all options"
Yale-educated infectious diseases expert Dr. David Dausey says the government should shut down commercial flights -- and use the military to get aid in and out of the affected areas.
Here's Tonya J. Powers in New York, with Ebola fears and the scammers who are preying on them.
Nothing brings out the scammers like a crisis... and, some are working email phishing scams, investments scams, and even products they claim can cure Ebola.
(Hutchinson): "Phony prevention kits that have masks and disinfectant and other things that supposedly will help you keep from getting Ebola."
Randy Hutchinson there with the Better Business Bureau.
Heightened Ebola fears even affected the stock market, fueling a sell-off as news of a second health care worker's Ebola diagnosis made investors question the ability of authorities to keep the virus from spreading.
In New York City, Tonya J. Powers, FOX News Radio.
On Thursday afternoon the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations conducts the first major hearing on Ebola since the death of Thomas Duncan and the infection of two Texas nurses involved in his care. Witnesses included Dr. Thomas Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Listen to special coverage of part of that hearing, HERE: