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Republicans question federal response on Ebola
24 Oct 2014 at 11:31am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The new Ebola infection in New York City exposed flaws in the system and raised new concerns, lawmakers said Friday, as they criticized the federal response to the outbreak and questioned top officials' credibility.
Mali Ebola patient traveled while contagious, risk of exposures: WHO
24 Oct 2014 at 11:29am
DAKAR (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Friday the first confirmed Ebola patient in Mali had traveled by bus through the country while showing symptoms and there had been multiple opportunities for exposure involving many people. The WHO also called on Mali to accelerate the completion of an isolation facility in the capita, Bamako, and keep the public informed of the situation as it evolves. (Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Alison Williams)
New York 'fully prepared' to handle Ebola case
24 Oct 2014 at 11:22am
New York's mayor said America's largest city was fully equipped to handle Ebola as authorities sought to calm fears Friday about the virus spreading, after a doctor tested positive for the disease. Craig Spencer, 33, was in stable condition in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center on Friday after testing positive for the illness, which has killed nearly 4,900 people in West Africa. He was rushed to the hospital with fever and gastrointestinal symptoms on Thursday, a week after returning from treating Ebola patients in Guinea with the charity group Doctors Without Borders. New York, one of the largest points of entry in the United States, had been braced for months for a possible Ebola case.
Ebola-Free Nurse Nina Pham Visits Obama
24 Oct 2014 at 11:10am
Nurse Nina Pham has been declared Ebola-free.
Florida Republicans in all-out drive for Hispanic vote
24 Oct 2014 at 11:08am
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - When Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, walked into a bustling campaign field office late last month in Hialeah, a heavily Hispanic suburb of Miami, he was mobbed by volunteers hoping to be photographed with the candidate. "Hey, beautiful, I got a lot of votes for you today," called out Rosa Peralta, a retired Cuban immigrant with accented English sitting by a phone bank with a plate of Cuban pastries. Scott's campaign is making an unprecedented push for Hispanic votes in this year's gubernatorial race in the nation's largest swing state. ...
NYC tries to ease Ebola fear after doctor infected
24 Oct 2014 at 11:00am
NEW YORK (AP) ? Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says a team of disease detectives tracking the movements of a New York City doctor diagnosed with Ebola will soon detail their findings.
Ex-Bank of New York Mellon trader pleads guilty to insider trading
24 Oct 2014 at 10:42am
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former Bank of New York Mellon Corp trader on Friday pleaded guilty to insider trading based on tips from a former Merck & Co Inc employee about potential pharmaceutical mergers. Federal prosecutors in New York said David Post, 41, a product manager at the bank, received nonpublic information from a former Rutgers Business School classmate about three companies: Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Ardea BioSciences and ViroPharma Inc . Prosecutors did not name the classmate, but on Oct. ...
New York City to check daily with people returning from West Africa
24 Oct 2014 at 10:38am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's health department will actively monitor anyone who arrives in the city from one of the three West African countries affected by Ebola, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Friday. He said health officials would make daily checks on those people, typically by telephone, for 21 days after their return to make sure they are not displaying Ebola symptoms, in keeping with new protocols by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention. (Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by James Dalgleish)
Fear and indifference leave West Africa desperate for Ebola staff
24 Oct 2014 at 10:37am
By David Lewis DAKAR (Reuters) - When Australia offered more than $2 million last month to the medical charity leading the fight against Ebola in West Africa, Medecins Sans Frontieres bluntly rejected it. What was urgently needed from rich Western countries, MSF said, was not more money but doctors and nurses. Despite warnings that hundreds of thousands may die, foreign governments and organizations are still hesitating to dispatch highly trained civilian and military personnel to fight the worst ever outbreak of the deadly virus. Even in the highly controlled environments in the West, two ...
Doctor with Ebola in New York stable; nurse is virus-free
24 Oct 2014 at 10:29am
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Authorities retraced the steps of an American doctor with Ebola, who was listed Friday in stable condition at a New York hospital's isolation unit, while seeking to reassure a jittery public that the threat from the virus was limited. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, who was infected after working with Ebola patients in West Africa, on Thursday became the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. Spencer was awake and talking to family and friends on a cellphone, Dr. ...
Wall St. boosted by earnings; on track for best week of year
24 Oct 2014 at 10:29am
By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Friday, as earnings from Microsoft and Procter & Gamble coupled with easing concerns over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States helped put the S&P on track to snap a four-week losing skid. Microsoft was up 1.7 percent at $45.91, after it reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue while keeping its profit margins largely intact. Fellow Dow component Procter & Gamble gained 2.7 percent to $85. ...
Suspicious powder sent to western consulates in Istanbul: officials
24 Oct 2014 at 10:24am
By Jonny Hogg ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Packets of an unidentified yellow powder were sent to five western consulates in Istanbul on Friday, officials said, prompting security alerts following two militant attacks in Canada this week. Consulates of the United States, Canada, France, Germany and Belgium received suspicious packages, the officials said. It was not immediately clear what the powder was and Turkish officials said results of tests on them were due on Monday. ...
Cholera sickens nearly 1,000 people in Niger
24 Oct 2014 at 10:20am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? Doctors Without Borders says a cholera outbreak in the West African country of Niger killed 20 people and has sickened nearly 1,000 people.
Two US nurses are declared cured of Ebola
24 Oct 2014 at 10:16am
Two American nurses were declared cured of Ebola on Friday, and one was healthy enough to leave hospital and make plans to meet President Barack Obama. The good news for the nurses, who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient in Texas, came as the city of New York was dealing with its first case of the deadly virus. Nina Pham smiled and appeared healthy, wearing a turquoise shirt and dark business suit at a news conference outside the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," Pham told reporters, expressing her gratitude for those who prayed for her and cared for her while she was sick.
Autonomy, cost are key in decisions on long-term care insurance
24 Oct 2014 at 10:16am
By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) ? Family discussions that emphasize older parents? independence and their desire to avoid being a burden to adult children could stimulate interest in buying long-term care insurance, researchers say. In focus groups with older adults and their middle-aged children, certain themes dominated parents? decisions about whether or not to purchase coverage for themselves. Tapping into those themes could help families talk about aging parents? needs and everyone?s expectations, according to the researchers. ...