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Ever since Ebola made landfall in the U.S., the Obama administration and health professionals have been trying to curb fears about Ebola — most of them stemming from misinformation.
Maybe that’s why this moment Friday was so big: Dallas nurse and former Ebola patient Nina Pham was declared Ebola-free and was later embraced by President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
No reporters were allowed in the meeting. Only photographers were allowed, and they snapped tons of pictures. But it was a move that could help curb fears about Ebola for a number of reasons.
“He is the president and he was not at all concerned,” said Josh Earnest via The White House.
And most Americans shouldn’t be concerned either. The hug demonstrated that a cured patient isn’t in danger of getting anyone else infected.
Maybe this is a way to show that, despite fears about the virus, Ebola survivors should be welcomed back into society without reservation.
An all-clear diagnosis for Pham and Amber Vinson, the other Dallas nurse who was declared Ebola-free this week, is hugely significant given that they were infected by Thomas Eric Duncan, the only Ebola patient in the U.S. to die from the illness. (Video via KDFW)
Duncan’s treatment and the infection of two of his nurses raised questions about America’s preparedness to deal with Ebola. (Video via MSNBC)
The hug between President Obama and Pham obviously won’t get rid of Ebola, but it could be just another small victory in helping cure Americans of their fears surrounding this deadly disease.
This video includes images from Getty Images.Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:54:28 -0400
A grand jury just filed a bill of indictment against a group accused of going on a crime spree.
Investigators said Dashawn Hunt and two others terrorized two sandwich shops and the employees inside.
Police said in February, Hunt and one other person tied a delivery driver up inside McAlister's Deli in Mooresville, then took the safe.
Four days later, investigators believe Hunt and another person robbed a Firehouse Subs in Indian Trail, then crashed during a police chase.
All three suspects are in jail Friday.
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Nearly 3,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was dumped into a creek in northeast Charlotte.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg utilities said it happened near Equipment Drive in Doby Creek.
Officials said they're still trying to figure out what happened and they always notify the public of discharges of more than 1,000 gallons.
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