Health Highlights: Sept. 26, 2014

By on September 26, 2014

Health Highlights: Sept. 26, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

U.S. Nurses Stage Ebola ‘Die-in’

Nurses staged an Ebola “die-in” in Las Vegas to highlight their belief that U.S. hospitals are not prepared to deal with an Ebola outbreak.

The event in Las Vegas involved about 1,000 nurses attending a union convention. Many wore bright red T-shirts and suits resembling hazardous materials protective gear, the Associated Press reported.

Some of the protesters laid on the sidewalk while others used chalk to outline their “dead” bodies and then wrote the hashtag #StopEbolaRNRN inside the outlines. That was followed by a moment of silence for health care workers who have died during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The deadly virus “can easily come to our shores, and we’re not ready,” said Julia Scott, a registered nurse from Largo Medical Center in Florida, the AP reported.

Ebola “is going to come here,” and U.S. policymakers are in denial, RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, told the protesters.

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