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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Spanish nurse suffering from Ebola shows signs of improvement

The Spanish nurse infected with Ebola is in a stable condition and showing signs of improvement, the Spanish government has said. Health official Fernando Simón said the presence of the virus in Teresa Romero Ramos’s blood appears to be diminishing. “We have high hopes that the infection is under control,” he said. However, given the seriousness of the virus he said it was impossible to determine whether she was out of danger. Another 15 people remain in quarantine in Madrid’s Carlos III hospi...
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Ebola crisis: New York’s JFK airport to begin screening passengers

New York’s JFK airport is to start screening passengers from the west African countries worst affected by Ebola in a bid to halt the international spread of the outbreak that has killed more than 4,000 people. Teams equipped with thermal guns will take the temperatures of travellers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and ask them a series of questions about their possible exposure to the virus as they enter the US. JFK is the first of five US airports to start enhanced screening of passenge...
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Ebola outbreak: Death toll surpasses 4,000 mark

The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed the 4,000 mark, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. As the virulent disease spreads from its origins – this week saw the first case of a victim contracting it in Europe – the UN health agency says that at least 4,033 people have died from confirmed, probable or suspected cases of Ebola. Most of these deaths have occurred in the worst-hit west African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, though eight others have occur...
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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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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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