ebola News

Concern Escalates as Ebola Outbreak in Congo Reaches City

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s health minister said an outbreak of Ebola has entered a “new phase” after a case was confirmed in Mbandaka, a northwestern city of 1.2 million people. The person carrying the disease was one of two …

AIR Worldwide Expands Global Pandemic Model to Include 6 Additional Diseases

Boston-based catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) announced it has expanded its Global Pandemic Model to include outbreaks of six additional diseases. The model now explicitly accounts for nine pathogens, including bacterial and viral diseases, in addition to previously …

Swine Flu, Avian Flu, Ebola, the Zika Virus and Workers’ Compensation

Two tests must be satisfied before an illness or disease can be considered occupational and thus compensable under workers’ compensation: The illness or disease must be “occupational,” meaning that it arose out of the course and scope of employment; and …

Nations Must Wake Up to Catastrophic Potential of Pandemic Risk: Report

In October of 2000, an Ebola outbreak was detected in Gulu, Uganda. The virus spread across the country, infecting 425 people and killing over half of them. It was a wakeup call for the African nation, but apparently not the …

Report: Connecticut City’s Insurer Paid $30K to Settle Ebola Fear Lawsuit

The insurance carrier for a Connecticut city paid $30,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a third-grader who was barred from school for several days because of Ebola fears. School officials in Milford, Connecticut, initially told 7-year-old …

Texas Hospital Seeks Dismissal Of Ebola Nurse’s Lawsuit

The operator of a Dallas, Texas hospital has denied allegations of poor training and seeks dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a patient. The Dallas Morning News reported Texas Health Resources filed …

Nurse Who Caught Ebola Sues Dallas Hospital Where She Worked

Nina Pham, a nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a man who died of the disease, sued the Dallas hospital where she worked, her attorney’s office said without elaborating. Pham and another Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas nurse, Amber Vinson, …

New York to Be Reimbursed $32M for Ebola Readiness, Treatment

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says the federal government is allocating $32 million to the state of New York to cover all expenses related to Ebola readiness and treatment. Schumer says that money from the federal Department of Health and …

Lockton, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage Offer Income Protection without Physical Loss

Lockton Cos. and wholesale broker Burns & Wilcox Brokerage have joined the Ebola-sensitive insurance protection movement with a product that protects companies from income losses and increased costs incurred without actual physical damages. The companies have launched the Protection Against …

CDC ‘Go’ Team Sprints to New York as City Faces First Ebola Case

Start packing for New York, the “go” team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was told. A doctor there was back from a West African hot zone with Ebola-like symptoms. The disease experts traveling tonight are Pierre …