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US Military to Join Ebola Offensive

Outbreak kills 4th doctor in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - The US military is set to join the battle against an enemy other than ISIS: the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa. President Obama is expected to outline what officials describe as a "scaled-up" response to the outbreak this week, reports the Wall Street Journal , which... More »

Ebola-Infected Doctor in Stable Condition

Rick Sacra, 51, is being treated at the Nebraska Medical Center

(Newser) - A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is sick but in stable condition and communicating with his caregivers at the Nebraska Medical Center, officials said today. Rick Sacra, 51, is being treated at a 10-bed special isolation unit, the largest of the US' four. It was... More »

Ebola-Hit Liberia Runs Out of Body Bags

Country has just 51 doctors for 4.4M people

(Newser) - At the center of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, health workers, protective clothing, and even body bags to bury the dead in are now in short supply. Liberia's health ministry says there are now "absolutely no body bags" to be found in Lofa, a northern county that... More »

Liberia Finds 17 Ebola Patients Who Fled Mob

Being treated in different clinic, but officials fear damage has been done

(Newser) - The 17 Ebola patients who fled a health center during a riot Saturday in Liberia have been found—however, health officials there fear the damage has already been done. The patients apparently turned themselves in after being traced, and are now at a hospital elsewhere in Monrovia, the country's... More »

Mob Attacks Ebola Center, Takes Ebola

Patients flee from quarantine center in Liberia

(Newser) - Residents on a "looting spree" broke into an Ebola quarantine center in Liberia yesterday, forcing Ebola patients to run for it and stealing items likely stained with the disease. "All between the houses you could see people fleeing with items looted from the patients," an official tells... More »

UN: Ebola Crisis 'Vastly Underestimated'

Outbreak calls for 'extraordinary measures,' it warns

(Newser) - The worst-ever Ebola outbreak has now killed more than 1,000 people, according to the World Health Organization—but the United Nations agency warns that its own numbers may "vastly underestimate" the scale of the crisis in West Africa. In a press release , the WHO says its workers at... More »

Ebola Outbreak Traced to Boy, 2

NC to 'quarantine' returning missionaries

(Newser) - Scientists trying to figure out how the Ebola outbreak in West Africa became the deadliest ever have traced the outbreak to a 2-year-old boy in Guinea believed to have died from the disease late last year. It's not clear how the little boy became infected last December, though researchers... More »

American With Ebola Says He's 'Growing Stronger'

Kent Brantly releases statement from hospital in Atlanta

(Newser) - One of the two Americans being treated for Ebola at an Atlanta hospital has good news: He's "growing stronger every day." Kent Brantly, who's getting an experimental Ebola treatment never before used on people, released a statement about his life as a doctor in Liberia, NBC... More »

WHO Labels Ebola Outbreak Rare Global Emergency

Requires 'extraordinary response' by world community

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has ratcheted up the alarm over Africa's Ebola epidemic. More than 900 deaths across Liberia, Nigeria, Guinea, and Sierra Leone mean this is now an "international emergency" that requires an "extraordinary response," reports the BBC . The move is just the third time... More »

Ebola Killed 45 in 3 Days; Toll Nears 1K

Virus has now claimed 932, with 1.7K cases: WHO

(Newser) - The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 932, the World Health Organization says. Most of the new deaths are coming from Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak emerged in March in Guinea and shows no sign of slowing down. Among the latest news:
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Troops Deployed to Halt Ebola Spread

2nd US patient 'weak but improving'

(Newser) - At the center of the worst-ever Ebola outbreak, hundreds of troops have been deployed to isolate hard-hit communities and clinics housing infected patients. A military spokesman in Sierra Leone says convoys will bring food and medicine to the affected areas, reports the Guardian , which notes that poor enforcement of quarantine... More »

2nd Ebola Patient Arrives in US

Nancy Writebol to be treated in Atlanta

(Newser) - The US has its second Ebola patient on the ground. Nancy Writebol arrived in Atlanta today for care in Emory University Hospital—the facility where Dr. Kent Brantly, her fellow missionary worker in Liberia, is also being treated, NBC News notes. She arrived at Dobbins Air Force Base at about... More »

Here's What Would Happen if Ebola Infiltrated US

Experts say chances of outbreak here are 'remote' if we follow protocol

(Newser) - Should Americans be worried about the Ebola outbreak? The CDC tells the AP that chances are "remote" the disease will get to the US, and an expert who spoke to National Geographic says that even if the virus does make it here, "it's unlikely that we would... More »

Peace Corps Evacuates Its Workers Over Ebola

2 Americans in isolation as a precaution because of contact with infected person

(Newser) - The Peace Corps is evacuating its volunteers from the three nations in West Africa hit hard by the Ebola epidemic, reports CNN . The 340 Americans will be returning to the US from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea as the outbreak worsens. In fact, two Peace Corps workers must remain behind... More »

'Hero' Ebola Doctor Dies; US Physician Is 'Grave'

Disease threatens to spread to Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria

(Newser) - Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, one of the leading doctors fighting Sierra Leone's Ebola outbreak, died today of the virus in yet another high-profile casualty , reports the BBC . The death of the man hailed by the government as a "national hero" comes as Nigeria, the continent's most populous... More »

Top Ebola Doc Dies in Outbreak

And an American doctor is sickened in worst outbreak on record

(Newser) - The Ebola outbreak that has killed 129 people thus far in Liberia has now claimed the life of a senior doctor who worked at the nation's top hospital; the death yesterday of Dr. Samuel Brisbane comes after top virologist Dr. Sheik Umar Khan became ill with the disease last... More »

Ebola 'Out of Control' in Worst Outbreak Ever

Group says drastic action necessary, calls meeting

(Newser) - The World Health Organization is calling an emergency meeting of health ministers from 11 countries next week in hopes of coming up with a plan to combat the worst outbreak of Ebola the world has ever seen. So far more than 390 people have died in the outbreak, which is... More »

Doctors Helpless Against Worst-Ever Ebola Outbreak

At least 337 dead in 3 West African countries

(Newser) - The Ebola outbreak that was called "unprecedented" when it had killed 80 people in March has now infected at least 500 people in three countries and health authorities say they're not sure how to stop it. The outbreak has now killed at least 337 people, making it the... More »

Canadian Stricken With Unknown Virus

The good news is it's not Ebola...

(Newser) - An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus may have jumped borders, with the AP reporting that it's thought to have spread from Guinea, where it has claimed at least 59 victims, to Liberia—but not, it turns out, to Canada. A Canadian has been hospitalized in Saskatchewan province with... More »

Court Upholds Charles Taylor's 50-Year Sentence

Appeals chamber issues unanimous ruling

(Newser) - An international war crimes court unanimously upheld the conviction and 50-year sentence of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for aiding rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone, ruling today that his financial, material, and tactical support fueled horrendous crimes against civilians. The appeals chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone upheld... More »

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