North Korea says U.S. created the Ebola outbreak

Despite the 8,000 or so miles that separate the country from its West African epicenter, North Korea had one of the most dramatic reactions to this year's Ebola outbreak. Borders were closed to tourists, and any arrivals to the country were forced into a 21-day mandatory quarantine; the few North Korean citizens who were allowed to leave had that privilege rescinded. Now, North Korea may have revealed the logic behind the panic: Top Pyongyang officials appear to believe that this Ebola outbre...
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Possible Ebola infected Nigerian being tested at Hyderabad’s Gandhi Hospital

Hyderabad: A Nigerian patient was admitted in the Gandhi Hospital and was being checked for any possible Ebola infection on Monday. Sources said that the doctors shifted him immediately to the special Ebola ward that had been set up for the purpose in the hospital and placed him under observation. Reports said the doctors had collected blood samples and would be transporting them to Delhi, where the confirmatory tests will done for Ebola. Doctors said all guidelines prescribed were being ...
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Ebola-Omaha Patient-Memorial story

LANDOVER HILLS, Md. (AP) — Dr. Martin Salia didn't get into the medical profession to get rich, and even though he was a permanent U.S. resident, he chose to work in his native Sierra Leone because the need for surgeons there was so great. Although his medical colleagues were worried when he returned there to treat Ebola patients, they said the decision was consistent with his character. The 44-year-old surgeon was remembered Saturday at his funeral Mass as a tireless, selfless and heroic ...
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Ebola fight shifts to Mali

The focus of efforts to stop the spread of the Ebola virus has broadened to the west African state of Mali. The country has had seven confirmed cases so far, but the UN emergency mission for Ebola has just launched an operation there. Millions of dollars in aid will also be unfrozen. One of the big challenges will be to convince people that the disease actually exists.
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No serious side effects in Merck/Newlink Ebola vaccine test

(Reuters) - The first people vaccinated with an experimental Ebola shot being developed by Merck and NewLink have had no serious side effects so far, but a few experienced mild fever, Swiss researchers said on Tuesday. The shot, one of several being fast-tracked through clinical trials in the hope they can be approved for use in the Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa, is undergoing initial human safety tests at the University Hospitals of Geneva. "After his or her injection, each volunte...
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Ebola virus can remain live in men’s sperm for up to three MONTHS, health experts warn as the death toll nears 7,000

Men who recover from Ebola must abstain from having sex for three months or risk passing on the disease in their semen, health experts have warned. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the virus, which has claimed almost 7,000 lives in West Africa this year, can remain in a survivor's seminal fluid for 82 days. The WHO said: 'Men who have recovered from Ebola virus disease should be aware that seminal fluid may be infectious for as long as three months after onset of symptoms. 'Because o...
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New York Ebola Patient Craig Spencer Enters Next Phase Of Illness

The New York City doctor who tested positive for Ebola has entered the next phase of his illness, according to the New York City Health And Hospitals Corporation. A press release from NYC HHC indicated that Dr. Craig Spencer has begun to experience gastrointestinal symptoms. He is said to be awake and communicating. Spencer had been treating patients for the disease with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea and was admitted to Bellevue Hospital Center after developing a fever this Thursday. HHC ...
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Scientists Consider Repurposing Robots for Ebola

Robotics scientists nationwide are pondering an intriguing possibility: Might robotic technologies deployed in rescue and disaster situations be quickly repurposed to help contain the Ebola epidemic? A robot that could perform even some of the tasks of a human, such as waste removal or the burial of bodies, would have significant lifesaving potential. So, with the assistance of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, scientists are planning a series of brainstorming meetings....
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North Korea shuts its borders to foreigners over Ebola fears

North Korea will bar entry to foreigners on tourist trips from Friday because of worries over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. "We have just received official news from our partners in the DPRK that, as of tomorrow, tourists from any country, regardless of where they have recently visited, will not be permitted to enter," said Gareth Johnson of Young Pioneer Tours, a travel company based in China that runs tours in North Korea. DPRK is short for the North's official name, the Democratic...
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Liberians are going into exile

Henry Boley left Liberia to attend a conference in Nigeria just days after his twins were born. Now, weeks later, he can't get home. Amanda Johnson, a 50-year-old Liberian living in Ghana, awaits her fiance's departure from their home country for their wedding, but refuses to return home because of Ebola. Hundreds of Liberians are stranded in Ghana, separated from their families because of poverty, fear and logistics. Some are waiting for flights to resume after most airlines cancelled flight...
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