Hagel orders 21-day quarantine for all military personnel returning from Ebola mission in West Africa

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered all military personnel returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa to be held in a 21-day quarantine. Hagel signed the order Wednesday morning, accepting a recommendation from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Army days earlier had imposed such a policy on its own servicemembers, but the new order applies to all branches. "The fact is the military will have more Americans in Liberia than any other department," Hagel said, explaining his deci...
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Ebola nurse William Pooley returns to Sierra Leone

William Pooley, the British nurse who contracted Ebola while volunteering in West Africa, has returned to Sierra Leone to resume his work. He said there was a "real emergency" in the country and he was "delighted" to be back on the front line. Mr Pooley will start work at a hospital in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown, on Monday. He has previously spoken of the "horror and the misery" he witnessed in his first spell in the country. While in the UK, the 29-year-old had said he was...
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Ebola crisis: Spanish nurse tests negative for virus

The Spanish nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa has now tested negative for the virus, the Spanish government says, The result suggests Teresa Romero, 44, is no longer infected - although a second test is required before she can be declared free of Ebola. Ms Romero contracted the virus when treating two infected patients in a Madrid hospital earlier this month. The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people across West Africa. More http://ww...
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#Ebola US begins West Africa air passenger screening

Travellers from Ebola-affected countries will face increased security scrutiny at five major US airports. Passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will have their temperatures taken and have to answer questions. The new measures at O'Hare in Chicago, JFK and Newark in the New York area, Washington's Dulles, and Atlanta's airport will begin in the coming days. The Ebola outbreak has already killed more than 3,000 people and infected more than 7,200, mostly in West Africa. The in...
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Analysis: Can dogs get Ebola?

What do you think? Below is the response reported by  Smitha Mundasad, BBC News health reporter   Scientists think Ebola first originated in fruit bats, which seem to cope well with the virus and do not become unwell. People can pick up Ebola directly from animals through contact with infected bats or through contaminated bush meat. In some studies of previous outbreaks dogs were seen to have antibodies against the virus in their blood - proteins that fight Ebola. Their presence...
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#Ebola Spanish protests as nurse’s dog is put down

Spanish authorities have been criticised after the nurse contracted Ebola in the country's best-equipped quarantine unit Activists scuffled with police outside her home as the dog was taken away. The nurse, Teresa Romero, is the first person known to have contracted the deadly virus outside West Africa. She had treated two missionaries who later died from Ebola. The virus has killed 3,879 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. A court order to euthanise Ms Romero's d...
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Family of Dallas Ebola patient has now been quarantined

Texas health officials have placed the Dallas family of a Liberian national infected with Ebola under quarantine and ordered them not to leave their home or have any contact with outsiders for 21 days without approval of the local or state health department. The "control order" also requires the family of Thomas Eric Duncan to be available to provide blood samples and agree to any testing required by public health officials.Officials said Thursday that the four or five family members coul...
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Liberia says Dallas Ebola patient lied on exit documents

Liberian authorities said Thursday they will prosecute Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan when he returns home for allegedly lying on his airport departure screening questionnaire about whether he had had contact with a person infected with the virus. The latest Ebola outbreak has killed 3,338 in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal and Nigeria, the World Health Organization says, prompting several West African countries to closely monitor travelers in and out of the country. On the...
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Nigeria Free from Ebola Virus Disease at the moment

Nigeria’s stable situation – with cases confirmed in Lagos, Africa’s most populous city, characterized by a vastly inadequate and fragile infrastructure, and in Port Harcourt, the country’s restive oil and energy hub – astonished experts at WHO and probably everywhere else in the world as well. No one expected an outcome as good as this one. Rapid reaction After the country’s first case, imported by an air traveller to Lagos on 20 July, was confirmed, the Ministry of Health responded u...
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