Oct 2, 2014

Texas probes potential second case of Ebola

Texas health authorities Wednesday were investigating a potential second U.S. case of Ebola, in a person who was in close contact with a man diagnosed with the virus. The first diagnosed case in the United States was announced on Tuesday. The man had traveled ...

Emergency service hops language barrier

Oct 17, 2013

Emergency service hops language barrier

by Tomohiro Osaki

An emergency call for an ambulance could easily result in an unnecessary tragedy if the caller doesn’t speak Japanese fluently. It’s a possibility the city of Kyoto has faced many times, officials there said. “In the past, we have experienced great difficulty pinpointing the ...

Mar 6, 2013

Saitama man, 75, turned away by 25 hospitals before dying

A 75-year-old Saitama man died after 25 hospitals refused to admit him to their emergency rooms 36 times over two hours, citing lack of beds or doctors to treat him, an official said Tuesday. The man, who lived alone in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture, called ...