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Mauritania closes border with Mali over Ebola -officials
25 Oct 2014 at 7:57am
NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania has closed its border with Mali after a case of Ebola was confirmed in western Mali near their shared frontier, two Mauritanian officials said on Saturday. Limame Ould Deddeh, chief medical officer in Kobenni, a town in eastern Mauritania near the Mali frontier, said the government in Nouakchott had sent orders to close all land crossings. A second Mauritanian official confirmed the move. ...
Obama commends New Yorkers for calm reaction to Ebola threat
25 Oct 2014 at 7:20am
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday commended New Yorkers for their calm reaction to the city's first case of Ebola and said that medical authorities were responding effectively to the threat from the deadly virus. He used his weekly address for the second time in a row to speak directly to Americans about the response to Ebola, that has killed thousands in Africa and has become a political issue in the United States ahead of Nov. 4 congressional elections. ...
Ebola medical worker quarantined in New Jersey tests negative for virus
25 Oct 2014 at 7:16am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A medical worker in New Jersey quarantined after arriving at an airport after treating Ebola victims in West Africa has tested negative for the virus, the state's health department said on Saturday. The worker, who has not been identified, was the first to be quarantined under a new policy announced on Friday making this mandatory for anyone arriving at a New York City-area airport after working with Ebola patients in three West African countries. The worker continues to be under a mandatory 21-day quarantine, the department said in its statement. ...
Mali to keep Guinea border open despite Ebola death: president
25 Oct 2014 at 7:05am
BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali will not close its border with neighboring Guinea after a two-year-old girl infected with Ebola was brought across the frontier by her grandmother and died in Mali this week, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said on Saturday. The girl traveled hundreds of kilometers through Mali - including a stop in the capital Bamako - on public transport, potentially exposing many people to the virus, before she died in the western town of Kayes on Friday. ...
Colleagues: US doctor with Ebola was very careful
25 Oct 2014 at 6:51am
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) ? An American doctor who caught Ebola while treating patients in Guinea was a hard worker who conscientiously followed safety procedures, two colleagues said Saturday.
What Exactly Is Emotional Health?
25 Oct 2014 at 6:32am
Just a few days ago somebody asked me what I actually meant when I used the term emotional health. Now I found this really interesting because this was someone that I would have considered to be pretty emotionally aware, tuned into both their own feelings as well as the feelings of others and emotionally sensitive and very empathic. From this...
Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads - WHO
25 Oct 2014 at 5:49am
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. The virus, which reached Mali through a two-year-old girl who died on Friday, now threatens Ivory Coast, having infected people virtually all along its borders with Guinea and Liberia. Ivory Coast is the world's biggest cocoa producer. The Ebola outbreak has hurt the economic growth that has been raising living standards in the region. ...
Obama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola response
25 Oct 2014 at 4:42am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama says the U.S. must be guided by science ? not fear ? as it responds to Ebola.
Ebola death toll tops 4,900 out of more than 10,000 cases - WHO
25 Oct 2014 at 4:35am
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. The three worst-hit countries of West Africa - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - account for the bulk, recording 4,912 deaths out of 10,114 cases, the WHO said in its update. The overall figures include outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal, deemed by the WHO to be now over, as well as isolated cases in Spain, the United States and a single case in Mali. ...
WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000
25 Oct 2014 at 4:22am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.
WHO says Ebola vaccine plans accelerating as trials advance
25 Oct 2014 at 1:38am
By Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - Trials of Ebola vaccines could begin in West Africa in December, a month earlier than expected, and hundreds of thousands of doses should be available for use by the middle of next year, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Vaccines are being developed and made ready in record time by drugmakers working with regulators, the U.N. health agency said, but questions remain about their safety and efficacy which can only be settled by full clinical trials. ...
Fear and indifference leave West Africa desperate for Ebola staff
25 Oct 2014 at 1:27am
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 ...
WHO vaccines boss signs up as Ebola trial guinea pig
25 Oct 2014 at 1:15am
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The woman overseeing the rush to develop an Ebola jab has become one of the first volunteers to sign up to test the safety of candidate vaccines being developed. Marie-Paule Kieny, the World Health Organization's assistant director general for health systems and innovation, told Reuters that she signed up because it was the right thing to do. "I've never been a guinea pig in any medical trials but the result of these clinical trials are absolutely crucial. We need to know if they are safe and we need to know which dose should be used," she said. ...
Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards
25 Oct 2014 at 1:00am
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A medical worker quarantined in New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward on Saturday after new contagion-control safeguards were imposed for America's biggest urban center. She was the first to be quarantined under a policy imposed on Friday by the states of New York and New Jersey requiring all health workers coming from Ebola-stricken West African countries to be automatically confined for monitoring during the 21-day incubation period of the virus. ...
Mali's first Ebola case, a 2-yr-old girl, dies -officials
25 Oct 2014 at 12:47am
By Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - A two-year-old girl who was Mali's first case of Ebola died on Friday, shortly after the World Health Organization warned that many people had potentially been exposed to the virus because she was taken across the country while ill. The girl had travelled with her grandmother hundreds of kilometres by bus from Guinea via Mali's capital to the western town of Kayes, where she was diagnosed on Thursday. Health workers were scrambling to trace hundreds of potential contacts in a bid to prevent Ebola taking hold in Mali. ...