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Texas Health Presbyterian, the Dallas hospital that treated the first U.S. Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, hasn't exactly come off glowingly in the press.
NBC: "Where he first sought treatment, and where, as we learned today, he was sent home with a 103-degree fever even after telling a nurse he had traveled from Africa."
CDC DIRECTOR TOM FRIEDEN VIA C-SPAN: "At some point, there was a breach in protocol and that breach in protocol resulted in this infection."
Well, now the bad news is piling on. Nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian have given a scathing critique of hospital policy, and we've also learned the workers who treated Duncan didn't even use hazmat suits until two days after he was admitted, despite the Ebola-like symptoms and his travel history.
The Dallas Morning News reports Duncan was well into the more contagious stages of Ebola, with symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, before health care staff abandoned their gowns and scrubs.
"The misstep — one in a series of potentially deadly mishandling of Duncan — raises the likelihood that other health care workers could have been infected."
The hospital has said 76 staff were involved in treating Duncan, but it hasn't said how many were exposed to him without protective gear in those first two days.
Some of those staff members lashed out at the hospital through the National Nurses United webpage, saying, "There was no advance preparedness on what to do with the patient, there was no protocol, there was no system." The statement also says nurses didn't have the right protective gear.
We've heard a lot about the importance of protective gear and how medical staff have to be properly trained in taking off protective gear after having contact with an Ebola patient.
BBC: "Without flicking. No flicking."
And about what can go wrong.
CDC DIRECTOR TOM FRIEDEN VIA C-SPAN: "The protocols work. ... But we know that even a single lapse or breach can result in infection."
Hopefully we won't see any more nurses come down with the disease, but that can't be ruled out yet. As for the second nurse to test positive, Amber Vinson, she'll be transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment — which could be seen as an admission that Texas Health Presbyterian dropped the ball.
SANJAY GUPTA VIA CNN: "It should be able to be done in Dallas. It can be done in West Africa by these Doctors Without Borders in these rural tent camps ... but for some reason it could not be done well in Dallas."
Bay Area rents are higher than they've ever been, according to a new report.
RealFacts, out of Novato released a report Wednesday saying something many renters say they already knew, rents are sky high.
According to the report rents around the Bay Area have increased 11.4 percent over this time last year. The average cost for a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment is $2,562.
Renters said the increases in rent aren't surprising. Many say what it means is they cannot leave their current home and sign a new lease. They've simply been priced out.
Kate Nartker has a new baby, and says she's stuck in her old apartment.
"We're in a one bedroom, and it's really tight," said Nartker. "So, we have to stay put until we find something else that we can afford. But, we've been looking for over a year."
Other renters say they were hoping the strengthening economy would mean a building boom, thus reducing competition for apartments and costs. But, Trulia.com reports that occupancy rates continue to stay high, with an average occupancy rate of 96 percent.
Vincent Woo from San Francisco says that means he had to be flexible with his living arrangements.
"I got a roommate, and I took some compromises that people might not take," said Wooo. "I live in a converted living room, let’s be real. It's great for my purposes, but I can definitely see not a lot of people wanting to go for that."
In fact, rents have gotten so high, Trulia reported the cost of owning a home per month, is about 25 percent less than renting.