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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. ...
Ebola medical worker quarantined in New Jersey tests negative for virus
25 Oct 2014 at 5:06am
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. ...
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.
Obama: 'We have to be guided by the facts, not fear' on Ebola
25 Oct 2014 at 3:07am
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama commended New Yorkers for their calm reaction to the city's first case of Ebola and told Americans in his weekly address that the response to domestic cases of the deadly disease needs to be based on "facts, not fear." It was the second week in a row that Obama used his address to speak directly to Americans about the response to Ebola, which has turned into a political issue in the days leading up to Nov. 4 congressional elections. "We have to be guided by the facts, not fear," Obama said. ...
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. ...
Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama
24 Oct 2014 at 11:40pm
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) ? A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms.
Rules for returning Ebola health workers need coordination: U.S. official
24 Oct 2014 at 7:03pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Obama administration officials met on Friday morning to discuss potential new rules for healthcare workers returning to the United States after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, but they want any measures to be coordinated, a senior official said. "We will not hesitate to take any action that we feel has the potential to fortify us against additional imported Ebola cases," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. ...
NY, NJ order Ebola quarantine for doctors, others
24 Oct 2014 at 7:02pm
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.
Two US states order tough Ebola quarantine rules
24 Oct 2014 at 6:53pm
New York and New Jersey ordered mandatory quarantine for medics who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa, after the deadly virus spread to America's largest city. The new measures were ordered by state governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie the day after an American doctor tested positive for Ebola one week after returning from working in hard-hit Guinea. Craig Spencer, 33, was in stable condition in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center on Friday as he underwent treatment for the illness, which has killed nearly 4,900 people -- most of them in West Africa.