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right now ebola fears spread. airport workers walking off the job saying their health and safety are in danger as even more questions arise about the care thomas eric duncan got in a dallas, texas, hospital. also, black smoke rises over kobani in syria and pressure grows on turkey to do more in the fight against isis. and the discovery that a passenger was wearing an oxygen mask raising new possibilities ability what may have happened to malaysia airlines flight 17 before it went down in ukraine. >> hello. i'm wolf blitzer. 1:00 p.m. in washington, 5:00
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p.m. in liberia, 9:00 p.m. in moscow, wherever you're watching interest around the world, thank very much for joining us. new questions, new concerns today about the ebola cases in the united states and europe an the action being taken by government officials and hospitals to prevent the virus from spreading. here's what we know right now. a spanish nurse assistant hospitalize with ebola in madrid has taken a turn for the worse. doctors aren't releasing further details about teresa romero ramos but a hospital worker revealed details about how ramos' case was initially handled. the worker says ramos lay in the emergency room for eight hours before being transferred to a hospital equipped to treat ebola patients and a physician who treated ramos for 16 hours published an open letter today claiming his protective sleeves were too short. authorities in australia meanwhile say a 507-year-old aide worker who cared for ebola
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patients in sierra leone is being tested for the deadly disease. here in washington, d.c., right now, officials from the world bank are discussion the devastating impact of the ebola outbreaks. they're meeting with leaders of west african countries at the center of the crisis, we're talking about liberia, guinea and sierra leonep. the world bank president telling cnn the response from some countries to the outbreak is quote putting a towel under the door of a building on fire. the united states meanwhile issiis beefing up its action to plan to prevent an ebola outbreak on american soil. cleaning kwaurdss at laguardia are in training session right now, learning to clean equipment possibly been contaminated with infectious diseases, including the ebola virus. another major airport in new york, jfk, is preparing to carry out new screening procedures to ensure that an infected person does not enter the country undetected. it's one of fives u.s. airports
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that will check the temperatures of passengers coming from west african countries with ebola outbreaks. we just learned that great britain will be beefg up screening procedures at london's two major international airports. we'll go live to london later this hour to show you what's going on over there. meanwhile, cnn's rene marsh is joining us from washington, d.c.'s dulles international airport. that's a northern virginia, right outside washington. screenings, renee, we know will start taking place next week. what are they doing to prepare for this major shift? >> wolf, the preparations include getting extra staff in place, also briefing and training the customs officers who are going to essentially be on the front lines to find people who may be traveling from these three west african countries and may have the symptoms of ebola. of course, some of that training includes teaching them exactly how to use something that looks like this, this is a noncontact
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thermometer in which they will be using to take people's temperatures. again, making sure that they do not have any symptoms of ebola. now, we do know that the cdc is training them because we know that they are -- they look for these symptoms, but they are not doctors. the customs officers are not doctors. they are going to need to figure out what they need to do, what they need to look for and the cdc will be leading that. we do know on saturday, at jfk, in new york, these ramped up measures will begin. jfk will be the first airport to start doing the very enhanced screening and the reason for that, i'm told, is in the past 12 months, ending in july of 2014, jfk saw nearly half of the flyers coming from these impacted areas. so their focus is there first and eventually they will expand to four other airports, wolf where we will see these ramped
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up measures, these are four major international airports. >> and as we just learned two international airports in london about to get the same kind of treatment. renee, we also know that some airport workers in new york city, they are walking out in protest. tare' obviously concerned about their safety while handling hazardous materials. tell us what we know about this part of the story? >> what we know is that roughly 200 airport cabin cleaners, the people who clean those airplanes, we are told they walked off the job last night at laguardia airport. they're upset. they feel as if they are not getting the proper equipment and training to protect them from diseases like ebola and other infectious diseases. we also know happening which just wrapped up i should say earlier this morning, they did receive more enhanced training in this area, but i'm told that training came from a union which
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they are not a member of, but this union was concerned enough to step up and give these workers the training that they say their employer is not giving them, wolf? >> all right. we're going to stay in close touch with you, rene marsh at washington's dulles international airport. the family of the ebola patient who died yesterday in that dallas, texas, hospital, the family now raising new questions about how he was treated, the 42-year-old man, a liberian, thomas eric duncan, was misdiagnosed when he first went to the hospital emergency room with ebola symptoms. he didn't get an experimental ebola drug right away either after he was admitted two days later. he came back and finally got admitted. let's discuss what's going on. joining us from bethesda, married maryland, the director of allergy and infectious disease, dr. anthony fauci. dr. fauci, first of all thank you very much. i know you're busy over there. our viewers they've got a lot of concern which is totally understandable.
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as you know there have been some grumblings about duncan's treatment compared to other ebola patients, including the two american aide workers treated at emory university hospital in atlanta that nbc free lance journalist now being treated in nebraska, they say there was one standard for them, a different standard for mr. duncan. is that criticism fair? >> you know, i don't think so, wolf. obviously there's a lot of emotion associated with this. it's very unfortunate that mr. duncan died. everyone knows that when he first went to the emergency room, it was not recognized that he had ebola. i mean, that was a misstep that's very clear, unfortunate. certainly was not deliberate. i think it was a mistake that could have been made no matter who the person was. once mr. duncan got into the hospital in texas, it's an excellent hospital, they provided excellent medical care. i think people need to
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appreciate even under the best of circumstances, ebola is a very serious disease, in this particular epidemic, with an overall mortality of a bit more than 50% and some circumstances even a lot more, so i think you have to put that into consideration. >> here are some of the questions we're getting on twitter and elsewhere from viewers out there. you're the expert. they say mr. duncan did not receive a blood donation or transfusion which the nbc journalist in nebraska did receive from dr. kent brantley, the missionary who survived ebola. would that have made a difference? >> certainly we have no idea. the question of whether or not transfusing convalescent serum is going to make any difference is unknown. it's been done in a couple of circumstances, but because it's not compared to anything and the numbers are so small it's impossible to say whether that would have made any difference.
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certainly it isn't like this is an established, effective approach to ebola. it is certainly experimental and we don't know if it works or not. >> the other thing they are pointing out is that zmapp, we know the zmapp that drug given to those two americans at emory university hospital, apparently none available right now, so mr. -- couldn't have received that kind of -- mr. duncan could not have received zmapp. he did receive another experimental drug you know, cmx 001, but he received it several days too late apparently. would that have made any difference if he had received that other experimental drug earlier? >> you know, wolf, i'm sorry but i'm going to have to give you the same kind of answer as i did. since these are all experimental drugs that we have no idea whether they work or not, whether you give it immediately, two days later, five days later, we don't know. it's still experimental.
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it's impossible to give an answer if it had been given earlier it would have made a difference. possibly but you can't say for sure because we don't even know if the drug works even under the best of circumstances. >> obviously as you know better than anyone, there's a lot of work that needs to be done in terms of a vaccine, in terms of a medication. the process really is only just beginning. is that fair? >> that is fair. we have a vaccine in our phase one trial right here in bethesda outside of washington. we'll know a lot more about it over the next couple of months and then we're going to test it in a clinical trial in a larger number of people in west africa as soon as we can get the data we're following now nailed down. >> dr. fauci, we're grateful to you and your entire team at nih for what you're doing. thanks so much for joining us. >> good to be with you, wolf. breaking news we're following right now. very rough day here in the united states on wall street.
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check out the big board. the dow jones down about 333 points. let's go to new york, alison kosick is monitoring what's going on. what's driving these stocks in a downward trend, alison some. >> a lot of uncertainty and uncertainty really has been the theme all week. we've seen this triple -- these triple digit moves all week, meaning volatility like crazy. tuesday we saw the dow jump 2 -- actually fall more than 200 points. yesterday euphoria, the dow jumping more than 200 points and now as you see, the dow down more than 300 points. the foremost worry on investors' finds what's happening in europe. from the u.k., from italy, to germany, you're seeing those economies slow down. that's causing a huge worry here because we are just on the cusp of third quarter earnings season. the worry is that the slow down over there is going to affect u.s. companies here even more so in a broader sense what the slowdown will mean for the u.s.
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economy economy. the stimulus the fed has been pumping into the financial system is coming to an end next week. there's a lot of question from many investors as to whether or not the u.s. is, quote, ready for the fed to pull the plug on that stimulus. that's really been propping up the market for years. it's why we've seen this bull run. in fact, many are saying that the market is ripe for a connection, meaning a fall of 10% from a recent high. the last time that happened was 2011. you're seeing lots of nervousness on wall street. ironically wolf, a few weeks ago we were talking about record highs for stocks. wolf? >> yes. a lot of us remember six years ago, the dow jones was 7,000. it's now 17,000. so a little bit of a correction is certainly anticipated. alison, thanks very, very much. still to come, dutch officials now disclose a major find in their investigation in the downing of malaysian airlines flight 17 over ukraine. and the battle for kobani, the u.s. launching more air strikes but fighters on the ground say it's not enough. so i can reach ally bank 24/7, but there are no branches?
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hundreds of tips from the american public about a masked man seen in an isis propaganda video. there you see the video. the agency asked for the public's help in identifying the man who speaks fluent english and a north american accent in the video. for more let's bring in our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto. you spent the day yesterday at the pentagon. what did they say about the effectiveness of these drone strikes, air strikes, because it looks like isis is moving and moving and pretty soon they're going to be in control of this strategically important town? >> well they say that the air strikes are having an impact. in fact, you'll see every day that they're expending a lot of resources there, six, seven air strikes a day and they're saying they can monitor, that isis is being held back from certain parts of the city, but what's odd wolf, at the same time they're saying the impact doesn't matter. they're saying in no uncertain terms yesterday air strikes will not save kobani and made the argument, both at the pentagon and administration officials, that territory does not matter in syria.
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that's not the goal of the u.s. led air campaign. that the goal is really just to degrade isis. they can do that from the air. they were preparing us yesterday when speaking to admiral john kirby for the possibility that not only kobani could fall but many other towns and cities could fall to isis which is an alarming prospect. >> very alarming. you heard the chairman of the armed services committee saying eventually u.s. boots on the ground are going to be required. >> well the answer is they're not going to happen at least in numbers. not going to be a large ground force that is american. >> a division or whatever. >> a division, ground invasion. you may have a request coming from the pentagon. we've heard this from joint chiefs of staff chairman martin demps dempsey, hagel and others if we feel it's necessary to request certain troops as forward ground controllers for air strikes or forward deployed military advisors they will ask. doesn't mean the president will grant them. even if he did and even if they asked for it and the president granted them, we're not talking
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about large numbers. so you've reached a situation here where all the players say that a ground force is necessary. the u.s. says that, turkey is saying that now as it negotiates its participation but no one is willing to supply the ground troops. >> being told that iraq, forget about syria, iraq, u.s. military advisors are going in and helping the iraqi army at brigade level. >> that's right. this is something i learned yesterday. to this point those u.s. military advisors in iraq have been confined to what they call joint operations centers in baghdad and erbil, but behind a protective barrier in safe cities. they've moved down to the brigade level so they're closer to the afghan forces, the iraqi forces rather that are fighting isis, it doesn't mean they're out on the front lines, they're still in and around erbil and baghdad i'm told but closer to the fight than before. >> i know you're working your sources and have more in the situation room later today. >> right. >> thanks very much. just ahead, the battle for kobani u.s. war planes in the skies over the syrian city as the battle rages on.
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our special coverage of that. also, a stunning revelation concerning the malaysia airlines flight 17 crash over ukraine. what was found on one recovered body.
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development of the crash of malaysia flight 17. plunged to earth in ukraine nearly three months ago, apparently shot down by a missile. dutch investigators are saying one passenger's body was found with an oxygen mask strapped around his neck and that raises new questions about what the 298 people on board knew about their fate when the plane was struck and fell out of the sky and
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crashed on the ground. let's discuss what's going on with cnn aviation analyst peter goals. what does this say to you that one of the passengers was found, body, with an, again mask? >> it has horrifying implications. if it can be shown this mask was put on by that individual, and the dutch are checking it for fingerprints, for dna, it means that at least one person on the plane had time to pull down the mask deployed automatically as the plane was starting to break up and get it around his neck and it's hor fiing. >> if this oxygen match is attached, that can't just happen by itself. somebody has to attach it to this person's head. >> it has to be put on and it was most likely put on by the passenger. this is -- the dutch are building a methodical indictment in their investigation and it's clear from the words of the prime minister that he knows what happened and he's horrified
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by it and he's mot going to let the russians get offs the hook. >> is that -- that consistent, a passenger with an oxygen mask, body on the ground, with a missile knocking out the plane? >> what's consistent was the photographs and the evidence that the front portion of the plane was, you know, just perforated with flagments, inward facing, high speed fragments. if a passenger was sitting in the back of the plane that did not break up as quickly as the front half of the plane did, it is possible. >> so is it curious only one person was found with an oxygen mask, at least so far? they're still -- it's hard to believe three months later they're still searching that area? >> that's right. they haven't recovered all the victims yet. and it is a little, you know, unusual, but the dutch will find out. but the question is, is how soon will they start releasing
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further information as they build this case against the russians and whoever was responsible for shooting that missile? >> yeah. all right. that's a horrible situation. we can only, you know, shutter to think what was going on as that missile struck the plane. thanks for coming in. >> still ahead, we're going to liberia where the conditions are dire right now. the resources are limited. the outlook is grim. despite it all there are medical workers there who continue. turkish tanks in position along the border with syria. what will it take for turkey to join the fight against isis? have a heart attack. but i did. i'm mike, and i'm very much alive. now my doctor recommends a bayer aspirin regimen to help prevent another heart attack. be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.
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to come to their rescue. what they want is for turkey to open up the barrier at the border crossing to allow in new supplies, ammunition and reinforcements. coordination ongoing air strikes, there's a chance it
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could hold out. >> all right. on the border in turkey. on their side from kobani last week the turk irn parliament did pass a resolution authorizing access against isis. protesters have called for the government to act and demonstrations have turned ugly. turkey's news agency says at least 24 people have died in those protests. let's bring in global affairs analyst bobby goesh the managing editor of quartz. what will it take to get turkey off the sidelines and into this fight? they have a huge military. more than capable of destroying isis in kobani if they wanted to send a division of troops or more in. >> well, several different calculations and phil laid out some of them. the crucial thing is for turkey to decide whether who represents
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a greater danger to turkey, isis or the assad regime. until now it would seem turkey thinks the assad regime is the one that represents the greater danger and a lot of the rhetoric in turkey has been directed against assad, not so much against isis. but if isis crosses the border at kobani, turkey seems to be prepared to let kobani fall, but it has moved a lot of armor right up to the boarder. a lot of the tanks we saw in that video. if isis crosses over the border into turkey, that would be a red line. there's also a little turkish enclave shrine to the founder of the automan empire that is inside syrian territory. it's a little bit like the vatican city. it's really small and a small number of turkish forces guarding that. if isis attacks that, that would amount to attacking turkish territory and might be another trigger. turkey seems to be hesitant to do anything by itself as we've just said.
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it wants a global coalition. it does not want to commit to anything unilaterally. >> we know isis regards iraq, syria, probably lebanon, jordan as part of their islamic state but is turkey part of that caliphate they envision as well? >> yes, it is, because turkey is where the caliphate was sort of the last phase of the caliphate when the caliph lived in what is istanbul and we've seen maps on-line and in these videos isis put out and those maps show the extent of the empire that they have in mind and that certainly includes very large chunks of turkey. >> the retired u.s. general, john allen, now the coordinator, the president asked him to coordinate this mission against isis in syria and iraq, he's going to be meeting with turkish officials. what do you anticipate his message to them will be? >> well, i think he will continue to put pressure on turkey to basically get off the
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fence. if it won't commit ground troops then perhaps it will allow the military bases there to be used for these bombing operations that we've seen over kobani and other parts. but primarily they'll be -- there will be a lot of pressure applied to the turks to get much more involved. the saudis have joined the bombing campaign, the qataris, why not turkey? that's a question being asked all over the middle east and a question that general allen will be putting to those in istanbul. >> how much of turkey's reluctance because they don't want to support the kurds? >> that's a significant part of it. the people who are guarding kobani, a lot of those fighters are from a group called the pkk. turkey regards that as a separatist terrorist group. the united states because we are a nato ally of turkeys, also think of the pkk as its -- as a terrorist group. this is -- this gives you a sense of the complexity of the problem in syria.
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your enemy's enemy is not automatically your enemy. your enemy's enemy is also an enemy. your friend's friend can be an enply. it's a complex battlefield and if it looks complex for us here in the u.s. it's equally complex for the turks, iranians, syrians, iraqis. everyone when they survey the battlefield it's hard to tell friend from foe. >> you know, the turks make a fair point. they say they don't see a whole lot of other nato allies, there's 27 other members, rushing to get involved on the ground in syria. why should turkey be singled out for criticism. that's the argument you hear from turkish officials. on the other hand turkey is the only nato ally on the border with syria right now. what do you say to that turkish argument that they're being unfairly criticized? >> well, it is -- it does seem a little unfair. the other point that the turks also make which is that it's not like we're just sitting around.
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wave he got hundreds of thousands of refugees from the syrian conflict going back three years who are in turkey. turkey is taking on a large part of the burden of looking out for those refugees. not like turkey is doing nothing. but the optics are terrible for turkey an in the rioting over the last few days, a lot of people of kurdish origin in turkey want their government to take action. not just foreigners. it's people in turkey. more than 20 people killed in the rioting over the last few days it's amazing. over a year of protests in istanbul, fewer than ten people were killed. and in one weekend of rioting over what's going on in kobani more than 20, perhaps more than 25 people are killed. that tells you that this is something that people feel very passionately about in turkey just as much as outside. >> yeah. at least 24 people killed, dead in those demonstrations. that's clearly a worrisome situation when the demonstrations become deadly, not only violent but deadly.
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cnn has learned the u.k. is investigating reports of a british man dying of ebola in macedonia. that kind of threat has the government taking new precautions. number 10 downing street announced it will introduce screenings at certain airports and train stations. max foster joining us from london. what is the u.k. planning on doing there? >> i have to say, quite an about turn, wolf, because the government was asked questions about yesterday whether they would be following the u.s. and introduce border screening and they absolutely said no, we have no plans for that.
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then this morning "the daily mail" coming out with a question on the front, lots of pressure today and then it is a big change in policy. they are introducing screening. a lot of people saying it's a half-hearted effort. initially just heathrow and gatwick and the euro star terminal the train line that connects the u.k. and france and it's quite there are basically questions of where people have traveled to, who they've been in contact with, possible medical screening as well. for example, testing temperature, and a lot of people saying well that isn't going to make any difference anyway. some suspicion this is just really about increasing confidence amongst the british public as opposed to anything more substantial, wolf? >> we know there are a lot of flight between those two airports, heathrow and gatwick in london to that so-called hot zone, liberia, guinea, sierra leone. a lot of flights between those three countries and the u.k.? >> well, heathrow certainly is a big hub, one of the world's
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biggest hub airports, one of the busiest in the world. there are no direct flight between west africa and the uk. another people are questioning this. it's about screening people coming out of that region like in bruise sells where there are lots of direct flights. questions around this as well. a lot of fear here, this what is the government is trying do deal with, about group psychology. people worried about catching ebola as much as anything and feeling that the government is not doing anything else, not helped by reports from france in the last half hour, wolf, media reports, saying 60 people are under lockdown inside a regional health and social affairs building just outside paris after a doctor raised an ebola alert. checking that. but again, it feeds into all this fear in europe as there is in the u.s. >> i'm sure there is. a lot of fear there, a lot of fear here. i'm sure france, elsewhere as well. and learning about this british
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citizen apparently dying of ebola in macedonia. max, thanks very much. max foster in london. still ahead, in north korea with the country's leader still nowhere to be found is it reasonable to think there's been a coup against kim jong-un? we'll have the latest when we come back. for over a decade, doctors have been prescribing nexium to patients just like you. for many, prescription nexium helps heal acid-related erosions in the lining of the esophagus. there is risk of bone fracture and low magnesium levels. side effects may include headache, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. if you have persistent diarrhea, contact your doctor right away. other serious stomach conditions may exist. avoid if you take clopidogrel. nexium 40 mg is only available by prescription. talk to your doctor. for free home delivery, enroll in nexium direct today.
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we're just one day from a major celebration in north korea. the 69th anniversary of the founding of the country's workers party. the overwhelming question right
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now and it's overriding a lot, will north korea's leader, kim jong-un be there? the longer he goes without being seen in public, the more the speculation goes that he may no longer be in power. brian todd has been following this story. what's the latest? >> reporter: we've gone about 37 days without seeing kim jong-un in public. of course the longer this goes, the more concern there is about stability on the korean peninsula especially in pyongyang. is he in control? a white house official told us today that rumors of a possible appear not to be true. what we know is that he is again disappeared from public view. he may be ill. there are signs of weight gain. possible gout. he has a limp. gout, weight gain, diabetes run in his family. he could well be cooperating and
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they don't want to put him in public. that seems now to be the most likely explanation but in north korea when someone is not seen for that long, it does raise concern. >> you have been talking to intelligence officials trying to assess if anything unusual is going on within >> what's the analysis of that surprise visit by north korean top officials including one of the right-hand men of kim jong-un? >> surprising to the south koreans. it took them by surprise.
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it gave them less than a day's notice before this delegation came down there. that fueled speculation as to who sent them? did kim jong-un send them? he might have. did they go on their own? possibly. it appeared from just all outward signs they went down there and wanted to smooth over some relations and talk about starting dialogue on a more serious level and they did that. it was a constructive visit overall. again, given that it's in this climate of their leader not being seen for more than a month, there's a lot of speculation as to what that meant. >> if he's seen friday in a few hours at this event in north korea, everybody will look closely, how does he look? is he walking normally? does he have health issues? if he's not seen, that would further fuel this mystery. >> it's more anticipated than the super bowl at this point. it's the celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the workers party. it's a big event every year. kim went last year. if he shows up, everybody is
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going to be watching to see what he looks like. his body language. his appearance. is he standing up? if he's not there, of course, the concern and speculation will only grow. now, one thing you have to keep in mind, wolf, is experts tell us it's not all that unusual for a supreme leader of north korea to disappear. his father, kim jong -ijong-il disappeared for months at a time. we'll deal with this more in "the situation room." >> we'll see if his younger sister shows up. she's only in her mid 20s. i know you have more in "the situation room" later today. we'll see what happens in the next few hours. we'll take a quick break. much more news right after this. and even piano tuners were just as simple? thanks to angie's list, now it is.
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>> the family of the ebola patient that died yesterday in a dallas, texas, hospital is raising important questions about how he was treated. the 42-year-old liberia man, wa misdiagnosed when he went to the hospital with ebola-like symptoms. joining us on the phone to talk about all of this is mr. duncan's half brother, willfred
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spa smallwood. what are you being told now about your brother's death. >> thank you so much. [ inaudible ] >> we're having trouble hearing you and understanding what you're saying. stand by for a moment. we'll continue this conversation and try to fix that audio as you and all of our viewers know liberia certainly has been very, very hard hit with the ebola epidemic in west africa. more than 2,000 people have died in that country alone. here's a special report now from the scene.
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>> reporter: blood spattered and limp, too weak to hold up his head. a nurse struggles under the weight of a desperately ill patient. the nurse agreeing to wear a camera of the bleak reality witnessed daily here at this government run stretreatment ce. today the nurse managed to get the patient to drink water. it's a small victory. for the last few months, they have worn pro ttective suits in unbearable heat to tend to patients in their camp. >> life is rough and then you die. what else can we do? if we don't do it, who will do it for us? we have to take the risk and care for the patients or our country will be wiped away. to working in the zone is highly dangerous. you have so many patients inning
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a a aon agony. they are dying. you watch them die and sometimes you pray for them and do the little and you just hope that something miraculous happens. >> reporter: one day's training before going into these wards and says that is typical here. in a healthcare system struggling to cope. you do what you need here to survive. the nurse forgets the camera for a moment and begins to hum a hymn. a comfort amidst the grimness. an ambulance has arrived bringing more patients. it begins again. there is no room. the stretcher goes on the floor for now. next to the mattress where another patient lies.
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there are two patients for every bed. more patients. it's unrelenting. but there are the success stories. and that's what assistance the staff. around the back of the ebola ward, patients spot the camera and begin to wave. they're recovering, maybe even going home soon but for the staff, there is no end in sight. what happens when you for anoth day. >> reporter: and another day and other day. until their prayers are finally answered. >> that's it for me. i'll be back at 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room." for international