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Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents
2 Sep 2014 at 11:30am
SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) ? Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent.
Olympic swimming champ Phelps arrested on drunken driving charge
1 Oct 2014 at 12:07am
By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist later apologized for the incident, saying he was "deeply sorry to everyone I have let down." Police said Phelps, 29, was clocked by radar around 1:40 a.m. traveling 84 miles per hour (135 kph) in a 45-mph (72-kph) zone. He was booked and released. ...
Questions and answers about the US Ebola case
1 Oct 2014 at 12:06am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S.
Traveler from Liberia is first Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S
30 Sep 2014 at 11:41pm
By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley (Reuters) - A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said on Tuesday, a sign the outbreak ravaging West Africa may spread globally. The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on Sept. 20, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters. He was admitted two days later to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. U.S. ...
Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria, Senegal, appear contained- CDC reports
30 Sep 2014 at 11:39pm
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal appear to have succeeded, even as the virus continues to spread in the hardest-hit West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, U.S. and African health officials said on Tuesday. In Nigeria, no new cases of Ebola have occurred since August 31, "suggesting that the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria might have been contained," according to one of three reports released on Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...
UN Ebola mission head wants significant progress in 60 days
30 Sep 2014 at 11:38pm
ACCRA (Reuters) - The U.N. mission for Ebola wants to achieve significant progress in combating the deadly disease within 60 days, including ensuring that 70 percent of cases receive treatment, its new head Tony Banbury said on Tuesday. At least 3,091 people have died from Ebola since the West African outbreak was first reported in the remote southeast forest region of Guinea in March. The other two most affected countries are Sierra Leone and Liberia. ...
Mexico says Ghanaian patient shows no signs of Ebola virus
30 Sep 2014 at 11:32pm
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A 52-year-old man from Ghana who has been hospitalized in Mexico does not shows signs of the deadly Ebola virus, the country's health ministry said in a statement on Tuesday night. The patient displayed fever-like symptoms and has been quarantined in a Ciudad del Carmen hospital in southern Campeche state in line with standard protocol, the statement said. Laboratory tests that could reveal the presence of a range of infectious diseases are being performed and will be sent to Mexico's national epidemiological institute INDRE for further analysis, the ministry added.
Plant-based vaccines challenge big pharma for $3 billion flu market
30 Sep 2014 at 11:17pm
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two tiny companies are preparing to challenge some of the world's largest drug makers in the battle for dominance in the $3 billion global market for influenza vaccines, armed with little more than tiny tobacco plants. The use of plants to produce life-saving pharmaceuticals captured global attention when it was revealed that the Ebola drug ZMapp is produced in the leaves of tobacco plants. ...
Ebola case stokes concerns for Liberians in Texas
30 Sep 2014 at 10:41pm
DALLAS (AP) ? The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas, sending chills through the area's West African community whose leaders urged caution to prevent spreading the virus.
China to open first high security bio laboratory
30 Sep 2014 at 9:17pm
Beijing (AFP) - China's first high-security biosafety laboratory will be ready for use by December, in a move hailed as a "crucial" moment in the fight against pathogens such as the Ebola virus, officials said.
The US Ebola case: 5 things to know
30 Sep 2014 at 8:47pm
Health officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States ? a man isolated in intensive care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
Government confirms first case of Ebola in US
30 Sep 2014 at 8:43pm
DALLAS (AP) ? The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed Tuesday in a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas ? a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa.
Advocates file petition to legalize marijuana in Mississippi
30 Sep 2014 at 7:46pm
By David Minsky (Reuters) - Marijuana advocates in Mississippi have filed a petition to put the legalization of recreational pot use on the politically conservative state's 2016 ballot, state officials said Tuesday. The petition, filed Monday, comes amid a broader, nationwide push for marijuana legalization spurred by Washington state and Colorado voting to become the first U.S. states to allow recreational use of the drug in 2012. Some 23 states and the District of Columbia permit medical marijuana use, though the drug remains illegal under federal law. ...
Timeline for first case of Ebola diagnosed in US
30 Sep 2014 at 7:27pm
The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States traveled from Liberia, federal health officials said. The unidentified man, who was visiting relatives in Dallas, is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital:
US Ebola case is first diagnosed outside Africa
30 Sep 2014 at 6:30pm
Washington (AFP) - The United States has diagnosed its first case of Ebola in a man who was infected in Liberia and traveled to Texas, US health officials said, pledging to contain the virus that has killed more than 3,000.