The first person to test positive for Ebola has been identified as Thomas Eric Duncan by CBS Dallas station KTVT. He was visiting family in Dallas from his home in Liberia. He is in serious condition and has been in a specialized isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday. But, CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez reports, there are questions about why he wasn't admitted two days earlier, on Sept. 26, when he first came to the hospital with a fever and abdominal pain. A nurse, using a checklist, asked whether he'd traveled from Africa. He answered yes, but was released.
Despite efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reassure Americans, health experts and hospitals around the country are preparing for a potential flood of Ebola-panicked patients scared that their common cold or fever might be the deadly infection.
The experimental serum used to treat two U.S. aid workers infected with Ebola is not going to be an option for the patient who is currently battling the virus at a hospital in Dallas. The supply of the drug, known as ZMapp, ran out in August, and ramping up production is not a quick or easy process. The team that makes the drug is scrambling to meet the sudden, unexpected demand that the Ebola outbreak has created.
There is another virus sweeping the country. The enterovirus mostly strikes children and causes a severe respiratory illness. In the past three weeks, it has spread from 12 states to 42 plus the District of Columbia. CBS News correspondent Anna Werner reports that four patients nationwide who died tested positive for the virus, but the CDC says it isn't clear what role, if any, the virus may have played in their deaths.
US Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned yesterday, CBS News correspondent Bill Plante reports, after several security breaches affecting the White House and President Obama became public. CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett says retired agent Joseph Clancy will serve as interim director of the agency. Clancy is respected by Secret Service agents and made his mark doing the job that is now at the center of the agency's crisis: protecting the president.
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Kurdish fighters say the only reason they were able to recapture the northern Iraqi village of Hassan Sham was a series of U.S. airstrikes that pinned ISIS militants down in one position, and destroyed several of their armored vehicles. The Kurdish fighters, known as the Peshmerga, told CBS News correspondent Holly Williams they coordinated American airstrikes on buildings used as ISIS command centers. But an Iraqi minister says ISIS has since changed its tactics, limiting what air power can do.
Protesters have set a midnight deadline for Hong Kong's Beijing-backed chief executive to step down and for China's Communist government to grant election reforms to the semi-autonomous island. The demonstrators say they will occupy government buildings if their demands aren't met. CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reports Hong Kong police warned today of "serious consequences" if protesters attempt to occupy any buildings.
A girl missing for more than a decade back is in her home state of Texas this morning. When she was just 4 years old, Sabrina Allen was abducted by her mother and taken to Mexico. As CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports, it took an international manhunt and the steely determination of her father to bring her back.
Some are calling it good for the environment, but others say it's the nanny state once again rearing its ugly head. As CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports, Seattle's mayor just signed off on a new law that will force residents to compost their food scraps or face a fine.
According to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the Senate, several U.S. agencies are looking at retaining nuclear warheads no longer needed for national defense as a possible weapon against incoming asteroids. Bong Wie, in charge of the Asteroid Deflection Research Center at Iowa State University, told CBS News that, while using nuclear warheads might sound extreme, the technology is available in a bid to to save Earth from dangerous asteroids.
A lawyer representing several of the biggest stars in women's soccer announced yesterday they had filed a lawsuit at the human rights tribunal of Ontario. CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports players, led by U.S. national team forward Abby Wambach, have said for months they believe there is a greater risk of injury on turf, and that the surface changes the way the game is normally played. No major men's tournament has ever been played on artificial turf.
The Green Bay Packers may be the league's smallest-market team, but they have one of the most loyal and energetic fan bases in all of pro football. They are the only NFL team owned by their fans. CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds reports the waiting list for Packer season tickets is great than the population of Green Bay.