Five things PR pros need to know Thursday morning, 10.16.2014

CDC's anti-Ebola measures under scrutiny; What to expect from Apple's latest event; AbbVie calls off Shire deal; Trade body asks for an end to #GamerGate.

1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is facing even more scrutiny Thursday morning after media reports claimed Amber Vinson, the second US nurse to contract Ebola, was allowed to board a plane to Cleveland despite telling officials she had a fever. Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC, said Wednesday that Vinson should not have been allowed to fly.

Frontier Airlines CEO Dave Siegel said in a letter to employees Wednesday night that Vinson may have had symptoms while on a flight from Cleveland to Dallas. He also detailed the precautionary measures the airline is taking.

The federal government’s response has focused on the Dallas hospital where a Liberian man with Ebola was being treated. The CDC is considering placing the names of all healthcare workers who attended to Thomas Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on the no-fly list, according to Fox News.

The National Nurses Union has criticized the hospital’s handling of the Duncan case, calling for President Barack Obama to federalize standards for treating Ebola victims. Dr. Daniel Varga, a top official in the Texas Health Service, apologized in a letter to officials for mistakes made at the hospital.

The New York Times has profiled Frieden, the face of the federal government’s response to the Ebola crisis, citing his work to contain tuberculosis and ban smoking from many public places in New York City.

Aside from combatting Ebola itself, Spain is also fighting Internet hoaxes about the disease, according to The Wall Street Journal.

2. Apple’s event scheduled for 1 pm EST on Thursday will be more low-key than its most recent unveiling of the Apple Watch, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. Expect new iPads and a release date for Apple Pay, says CNBC.

3. AbbVie has recommended that its shareholders vote against a $54 billion acquisition of pharmaceutical company Shire, essentially scuttling the deal that would have allowed it to relocate its tax base to Ireland.

4. Three-quarters of Airbnb listings in New York City are illegal, according to a report from New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The company has earned $40 million through illegal listings in recent years, according to the report.

5. A top trade body has spoken out against the bullying and mistreatment of women in the video-gaming industry. Known as #GamerGate, the issue has received top-level media coverage after an advocate for women in gaming cancelled an appearance at a Utah college due to threats.

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