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When two nurses in a Dallas hospital contracted Ebola, it was a wakeup call for an ongoing problem. One out of every 25 patients admitted to hospitals in the United States every year picks up a deadly homegrown infection — because of the failure to follow standard procedures. 

Also, missing students, mass graves and political corruption have led to public outrage from Acapulco to Mexico City. Will forcing a state governor to resign ease the explosive tension — or is it too little, too late?  

Quarantined Nurse with No Ebola Symptoms Cleared to Go Home 6 MIN, 22 SEC

Kaci Hickox, a nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, has been quarantined in New Jersey — even thought she has no symptoms of the disease. Now, she’ll be allowed to return home to Maine where local health officials will be in charge.  Josh Dawsey covers New Jersey for the Wall Street Journal

Josh Dawsey, Politico (@jdawsey1)

When a Hospital Is a Dangerous Place to Be 34 MIN, 25 SEC

Despite widespread alarm, the risk of infection by the Ebola virus has been virtually non-existent in this country so far. But 75,000 people die every year from homegrown infections contracted in hospitals -- more than from car crashes and gunshots combined. One astonishing reason: the failure of doctors to wash their hands. Another: the overprescribing of antibiotics, which creates resistant bacteria. The CDC has known of these and other problems for years, and there are easy solutions.  Is Obamacare providing a crackdown? 

Janis Orlowski, Association of American Medical Colleges (@AAMCtoday)
Lennox Archibald, infectious disease physician
Michael Millenson, Health Quality Advisors (@MLMillenson)
Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News (@jordanrau)
Victoria Nahum, Safe Care Campaign

Demanding Medical Excellence

Michael L. Millenson

Guerrero Governor Replaced, Students Still Missing 8 MIN, 49 SEC

In Iguala, Mexico, 43 students have been missing for weeks, and their remains have not been among those discovered in several mass graves.  The Mayor of Iguala and his wife are still in hiding, and the Governor of the State of Guerrero was forced to resign last week after Mexico City streets were packed with angry protesters.  Last week saw the biggest demonstration in Mexico City since 2008.  Yesterday, protesters blocked a highway to Acapulco for several hours. Will public outrage make a difference? Tracy Wilkinson reports from Mexico for the Los Angeles Times.

Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times (@TracyKWilkinson)

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