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>> wow. that's going to do it for us. thanks so much for joining us. welcome to "world news tonight" from atlanta. and we're here for the breaking news. the ebola emergency. that first nurse rushed out of dallas on that gurney, stepping into that plane. and tonight, the other nurse, now being raced out of dallas, too. our abc news exclusive here at the cdc. the nerve center, the high security labs. i ask, are america's hospitals really ready? and is there anything to treat this? plus, the nurse speaking out tonight. what really happened in that dallas hospital? the massive hurricane about to make landfall. our team is there. and the giant tropical system, as well, in the pacific, headed toward hawaii. also breaking tonight, what the medical examiner has now revealed about joan rivers. what happened inside that medical clinic? and, made in america. the one staple on the shelf at your grocery store, they're now hungry for it all over the world.
can we make it fast enough? any guesses? and good evening tonight from atlanta. and we're here today at the centers for disease control, asking your questions about ebola. and it comes just as we learn the other nurse infected is now being rushed out of dallas, too. nina pham was the first american infected with ebola here at home. tonight, can you see the new pictures as ambulances leave dallas. signs with her name on them, everyone wishing her well as she heads to maryland for treatment. meantime, it comes just 24 hours after the other nurse, amber vinson, was air lifted to emory hospital here in atlanta. on that gurney, then walking up those stairs into the plane. tonight, we wanted to know, are americas hospitals really ready? a nurse inside that dallas hospital now speaking out. and we ask the cdc, should that nurse with an elevated temperature have been allowed to get on that plane? tonight, the cdc revealing to me that both nurses are now being treated with experimental drugs.
just as that dallas hospital where both nurses were infected with ebola is now admitting the nursing staff received, quote, no actual training on how to krar for ebola patients. on capitol hill today, the cdc under intense scrutiny, just weeks after telling the american people our hospitals were ready. >> we're open to ideas for what we can do to keep americans as safe as possible. >> reporter: those two nurses in isolation tonight. almost three weeks after their patient, thomas eric duncan, walked into a dallas hospital. he was sent home the first time, even though he had a 103-degree fever. later, that first nurse, nina pham diagnosed with ebola. the second nurse, amber vinson, had traveled back home to cleveland to prepare for her wedding, visiting this bridal store. she called the cdc, reporting a slight fever of 99.5. the cdc does not stop her from getting on the plane, flying back to dallas with more than 130 other passengers. and now, the ripple effect across this country tonight. in ohio, seven people under voluntary quarantine. in cleveland, the airport scrubbed.
three schools closed today. so, we traveled to the cdc right here in atlanta today, inside the emergency operations center to ask the questions. in front of the room, the ebola map. you can see the red on the map, west africa, the ebola cases. there's red up in spain, as well. reflecting the concern there. and we wanted to know where on the board is the cdc tracking dallas? and you can actually see they've added a small map here of the united states and in dallas, they have 23 workers on the ground right now. >> in an abc news exclusive, we talked to dr. stuart nichol, one of the leading scientists in the world on ebola here at the cdc. he has worked in these labs, the most dangerous viruses, including ebola, locked behind concrete walls and multiple layers of elaborate biometric security. requiring iris scans and fingerprinting to even get close. inside, scientists wearing these orange suits. filtered air supplied through those hoses. when they leave, they take a chemical shower, still inside that suit. every step, meticulous. we asked dr. nichol about
american hospitals and their teams. when we're told that american hospitals are ready, we had our first patient, mr. duncan, and now two nurses are sick from that hospital alone. does that tell us that american hospitals really aren't as ready as we were told? >> i think the american hospitals are ready. at the minimum level. so, you put in place very good systems but you know, not a perfect system. >> reporter: but some would say that this isn't even a good system if you have one patient and already two nurses are sick. do we have any idea how they may might have contracted this? >> i've not been involved directly in the investigation in dallas. >> reporter: in fact, tonight, even that dallas hospital saying it is still a mystery how their nurses got sick. apologizing, acknowledging, quote, mistakes had been made. and about the second nurse that boarded that plane? should that nurse have been allowed to get on that plane with a 99-degree temperature, a slight fever, as we've been told? should she have gotten on the
plane in the first place? >> in hindsight, you would say, perhaps that she should not have got on the plane. >> reporter: but she did ask the cdc, right? >> again, i was not apart of that discussion. >> reporter: abc news learning she did make that call to the cdc. and with two nurses now sick, is there any treatment ready for patients in america? do we have anything to treat ebola, the experimental drug? there's none left -- >> we have -- yeah. >> reporter: kent brantly is giving his anti-bodies, but he's one man. what is there to treat this? >> these nurses are receiving some products that may help with the infection. >> reporter: some experimental treatment right now. >> yes. >> reporter: experimental treatment for those nurses, including nina pham, the first nurse, and she'll be on a flight tonight, as she gets moved, too. this exclusive look inside the plane that will take her to maryland. this airtight exoskeleton, as they call it, keeping her isolated. sealing her inside with these specialized zippers.
and they revealed to us the extraordinary steps they will take to disinfect the plane afterward. >> it involves pumping 30% pure hydrogen peroxide, which is turned in from a liquid to a fog throughout the system for hours on end, where everything is sterilized. >> reporter: after that, everything inside ripped out, the stretcher, the seat belts, the lights, stripped and incinerated. and then taken to a federal landfill. our time at the cdc here in atlanta today. and as we come on the air tonight, there is a new development about amber vinson. that second nurse who boarded that plane from cleveland back to dallas. i want to bring in our chief medical editor dr. richard besser, who is live in dallas tonight. and rich, you're learning that she might have shown symptoms before we even knew about it? >> reporter: that's right, david. the cdc just told me that as part of their investigation, they learned that amber vinson was already feeling unwell on friday, before she headed up to cleveland.
so, they're going to expand their investigation and track down every passenger who was on the plane going up there. just also part of an abundance of caution. >> that's going to widen this circle, rich, because we know she went to that bridal shop and other stops along the way, after showing symptoms, as you're reporting here tonight. and rich, i wanted to ask you about something else the cdc told me there, the experimental treatment being given to those two nurses. we had not heard about that yet. >> reporter: that's right. this is big news. we hadn't heard about experimental drugs in these two nurses. but you know, we've talked about it. all you can really do for an ebola patient is provide fluid and nutrition. so, they're going to try any experimental drugs to try to improve survival from ebola. >> all right, dr. richard besser with us again tonight from dallas. rich, thank you. and this evening, nina pham, the nurse being rushed to maryland, is sending a message out to the public, saying she is now in good condition. she is feeling blessed, gaining strength, she says thankful for the outpouring of love, even as she's moved. adding a special note for her team of doctors and nurses, calling them the best in the world. tonight, meanwhile, abc's tom llamas also in dallas, sitting down with a member of the
medical team inside that dallas hospital, a nurse who says they had no training. >> i'm devastated. i'm devastated for my hospital. >> reporter: this is brianna aguirre, a nurse at texas health presbyterian hospital. she describes a harrowing scene in the hospital when thomas eric duncan died. >> it was extreme chaos. it was unbelievable. the nurses were just throwing our hands up, saying, "you got to be kidding us." >> reporter: later, aguirre treated fellow nurse nina pham in that hospital, just before pham was officially diagnosed with ebola. did you ever receive any type of ebola training? >> prior to thomas duncan entering? >> reporter: yes. >> no. it never even was discussed at all. >> reporter: she says the nurses at the hospital were often not wearing the right protective gear. i want you to take a look at this photo. this is last week. this is one of the nurses inside texas health presbyterian. what do you notice about that photo that doesn't seem to be safe? >> the same thing i've been saying over and over again, and this is what makes me so upset
right here. her neck is hanging out. we are in our second week of an ebola crisis and we still have our necks hanging out. why would she be fully covered, every part of her covered, at least by one, two, three layers, and her neck is exposed. how many inches is that from her mouth and nose? >> reporter: she directly blames texas health presbyterian for those two nurses now infected. if you could talk to nina and amber right now, what would you tell them? >> i would tell them to please stay strong, you know, hang in there. do everything you can to get better. it's not your fault. you're america's heroes and we're all rooting for you. >> reporter: we do want to mention that nurse is monitoring herself for any ebola symptoms. she told us she has none, so we chose to interview her in person. now, texas health presbyterian has not gotten back to us about her comments, but they have responded to the claims about the exposed necks of the nurses. they said they're following cdc guidelines. david? >> tom llamas tonight, thank
you. and this image this evening. you'll remember the fronti airlines plane amber vinson flew on from cleveland back to dallas. with an elevated temperature and now we're learning symptoms perhaps days before we knew it. tonight, that plane is in denver being sanitized now for the fourth time. some carpet and seat covers removed. air filters discarded. and we know that plane was given a standard cleaning after vinson's flight, but then put back into service, flying five more times before vinson was diagnosed. our coverage of ebola for tonight. but we are going to move on now to the weather and two ferocious tropical systems on both sides of the country tonight. hurricane gonzalo, now a category 4. 20-foot waves, life-threatening rip currents and look at this. you can see it right there. the eye of the storm growing this evening. and in the west, ana taking aim at hawaii. a state of emergency there tonight. but we begin with abc's gio benitez in bermuda, where that hurricane will hit. >> reporter: less than 24 hours from now, this could be the strongest storm to hit bermuda in more than a decade, hurricane gonzalo.
and tonight, glimpses of nature's wrath as the winds pick up here. the storm already killing one in st. maarten earlier this week. bermuda is still trying to recover from tropical storm fay, which came through here just days ago, and remember, that was just a tropical storm. but look. it tore out massive trees and just look at that concrete. the thomas family saw what fay did too, and they're taking no chances. calling the airline and rushing to the airport, which is already being boarded up. finally landing a few tickets. a lot of people in the u.s., on the east coast, you know, when they evacuate, they're able to just sort of drive up somewhere else. but you guys have no other choice but jump on a plane. >> i mean, seats were literally disappearing as we were on the phone. >> reporter: before gonzalo, the strongest storm to hit bermuda was fabian in 2003. joan richardson remembers well. and in your mind you're thinking -- >> yeah, it's going to be devastating. >> reporter: and these storms can be so unpredictable. but right now, it's not looking good.
so many people here in bermuda are preparing for what could be the worst storm of their lives. david? >> gio, thank you. abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano is tracking both hurricanes on both sides of the country. he's back in new york tonight. rob? >> reporter: david, let's start in the atlantic with hurricane gonzalo. a category 4 four with winds of 145 miles an hour. look at that distinct eye. this thing is a monster. about 400 miles south of bermuda. heading that way and by this time tomorrow night, yeah, hurricane warnings are posted. they will be getting hit with hurricane force winds. potentially category 3. either way, this will likely be the strongest storm they've seen since 2003. from the atlantic, let's jump to the pacific. this is tropical storm ana. heading towards the hawaiian islands. may very well become a hurricane. if it hits the island, honolulu, as a tropical storm or a hurricane, that hasn't happened since we started keeping records. we're looking at perhaps an historic event in hawaii. david? >> rob marciano at the weather wall tonight. rob, thank you. we turn now to new dash cam video, taking us inside a harrowing police chase across a quiet suburban town.
look at this tonight. a minivan swerving, police cars in hot pursuit. a dangerous game of cat and mouse that's happening in towns and cities across this country. abc's linsey davis tonight. >> reporter: it started as a routine traffic stop, but watch as the officer is about to arrest the driver of that stolen minivan. the suspect hits the gas, speeding away with the police officer in tow. the wheels blown out. a side door smashed in. 30 heart-pounding minutes through suburban new jersey streets. at one point, the minivan spins out of control, but the fugitive keeps on going. in the process, injuring a mother and child. high speed chases like this play out across the country. like this one in minnesota, where police chased this man down the fairway of a golf course. and these pursuits are dangerous, killing on average one person every day. 42% of those victims -- innocent third parties. that's why more police departments are turning to this new technology, a gps tag, fired
from the police car, that sticks to the target vehicle. allowing officers to give up the chase and track the suspect on a digital road map instead. so this effectively eliminates the pursuit? >> absolutely. and most importantly, it saves lives and reduces injuries to everybody involved. >> reporter: and could keep scenes like these from playing out on roads across the country. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> linsey, thank you. and there is a lot more news ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday from atlanta. and we have breaking news tonight on joan rivers. we finally learned what might have happened. what the medical examiner has now revealed. what happened inside that medical clinic. also, the new and breaking headline from apple tonight. you'll remember when we took you behind the scenes for the apple watch. the next big thing, almost here. is the end of the credit card just days away? stay tuned for this. and, made in america tonight. the one staple at the grocery store, it's on the shelf there, suddenly, they're hungry for it overseas. can we make it fast enough and create jobs? any guesses? if you have medicare part d,
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we are. >> all right. >> reporter: and we did. 232 miles south of that store, we meet sixth generation peanut farmer john harrell. >> got a crunch. >> reporter: where john's been harvesting peanuts since 1975. >> to have something made in georgia, by georgia peanuts really gives farmers in georgia a lot of pride. >> reporter: and from here, the peanuts go 52 miles north to this plant in sylvester, georgia. 110 workers making 232 jars every minute. that's 3 million jars a day. a peanut gold mine, right here in america. and tonight, we've learned, there is an international hunger for that made in america staple. >> you know, they're looking to buy something that's made in america. i think it has a little prestige to it. >> reporter: that label. >> to be able to afford that peter pan. yes. >> reporter: just look. peter pan peanut butter right there on the shelves in singapore. the philippines, too. the exact same label. and in latin america, peanut butter sales up, too. you'll remember we were there shopping with the brambila family. the challenge, could they fill up a shopping cart with only items made in america?
we gave them an hour. they filled two. >> made in america! >> reporter: tonight, who knew it would be peter pan peanut butter, and a hunger all over the world, creating jobs right here in america. >> made in america! >> made in georgia, made in america. and we loved it here in and around atlanta tonight. thank you for watching here tonight. tomorrow night here on "world news tonight," brad pitt. he'll be with us and he'll help us to honor america's greatest from world war ii. we'll see you tomorrow night from new york. good night. tonight the fbi takes on apple. has silicon valley gone too far trying to protect your privacy? >> department store footage >> department store footage leads police wanted for
two little girls. >> and an arson suspect whose alibi suggests he didn't do it. >> and growing concern that the eeb yoel yoo crisis could strike here. it could be dangerous. >> the fbi takes aim at silicon valley and laws he says are keeping agents in the dark. good evening. >> i'm dan ashley. he said new laws may be required to break privacy technology contained in the iphone and other devices. abc7 news is live in cupertino at the headquarters of apple, one of the companies in the cross hairs tonight. >> that is right. they're in the cross hairs but so is google. fbi director says they're good companies responding to what
consumers want, but thinks both may be protecting the bad guys. two out of every three americans uses a smart phone, but the fbi is complaining it's making it impossible for them to tap into datea. some companies such as apple have taken a strong stand on consumer privacy. silicon valley technology analysts think the fbi is going to face strong resistance. >> everything is going to make information available to the fbi you know? for the sake of catching tiny percentage of the population. >> director james comby argues smaurt phoneses help criminals and called for a national conversaon