Ebola outbreak

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In Sierra Leone, Ebola Teams Hunt for the Sick

Country's latest move against a 'vicious enemy'

(Newser) - Ebola surveillance teams fanned out today in Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown to search for sick people, as the president imposed new restrictions on movement and gatherings in a bid to stop the disease's spread. President Ernest Bai Koroma launched "Operation Western Area Surge" in a national... More »

Lie of the Year: Overblown Ebola Claims

Americans' concern about disease has wildly fluctuated

(Newser) - When Americans learned about the Ebola outbreak in March, they weren't too concerned; then, "from August to October, it was the apocalypse," a researcher tells Politifact . Now, they say it was "overhyped," he notes. Indeed, when a US health worker arrived for treatment in the... More »

How an American Patient Changed Ebola Treatment

Despite ordeal, Dr. Ian Crozier plans to return to West Africa

(Newser) - Doctors feared an American colleague flown to Atlanta for Ebola treatment would die—and he nearly did. But Ian Crozier, a Rhodesia-born doctor who treated patients in Sierra Leone, has lived to tell his tale to the New York Times , which reports that his treatment in Atlanta has helped change... More »

Ebola Survivor Quarantined Over Infectious Semen

Virus lingers in semen for months

(Newser) - An Indian man recovered from Ebola back in September, before flying from Liberia to Delhi on Nov. 10—but the 26-year-old has been quarantined anyway, because though his blood tested negative for the virus, his semen tested positive. Ebola lingers in semen for months after a person has recovered, a... More »

Latest US Ebola Patient Dies

Dr. Martin Salia was being treated in Nebraska

(Newser) - The surgeon who arrived for treatment in Nebraska Saturday after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone has died, according to the Omaha hospital where he was being treated in a biocontainment unit. Martin Salia's first Ebola test came back negative, the Washington Post reported last night, leading friends and colleagues... More »

Surgeon With Ebola Arrives in Nebraska for Treatment

Martin Salia may be sicker than previous US patients

(Newser) - A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone arrived in Nebraska today for treatment at a biocontainment unit where two other people with the disease have been successfully treated. Dr. Martin Salia, who was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, landed at Eppley Airfield in Omaha this afternoon and... More »

Nebraska to Get Its 3rd Ebola Patient

A US surgeon originally from Sierra Leone contracted the disease there

(Newser) - At least five doctors in Sierra Leone—one of three West African nations at the heart of the worst Ebola outbreak in history—have died after contracting the virus while treating patients. Now a surgeon from Sierra Leone who is a permanent resident of the US is being flown to... More »

Last US Ebola Patient Released From NYC Hospital

Dr. Craig Spencer released from New York's Bellevue

(Newser) - An emergency room doctor who was the first Ebola patient in the nation's biggest city has been released from a New York City hospital and thanked the medical workers who treated him. Dr. Craig Spencer was released from Bellevue Hospital today at a joyous news conference where medical team... More »

18K California Nurses Have Decided to Go on Strike

Nurses union says Kaiser Permanente hospitals unprepared for Ebola

(Newser) - Kaiser Permanente hospitals aren't ready for Ebola, say its nurses, and tomorrow 18,000 of them are set to begin a two-day strike over that and other issues. Their union claims Kaiser has "refused to address [their] concerns … about Ebola safety protocols and protective equipment, refusing even... More »

Hickox, Boyfriend Are Leaving Maine Town

Ted Wilbur has withdrawn from nursing program

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox's 21-day Ebola incubation period ends at 11:59pm tomorrow, and the Maine nurse will waste little time after that in getting out of Dodge, reports the Bangor Daily News . Hickox's boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, has withdrawn from the nursing program at the University of Maine Fort Kent,... More »

Ebola-Free N. Korea Freaks Out Over Ebola

All foreigners entering will be put in mandatory 21-day quarantine

(Newser) - "For the record: There have been no cases of Ebola in North Korea," writes Eric Talmadge, AP 's bureau chief in Pyongyang, in a look at the latest threat that has North Korea all aflutter. Namely, Ebola. Though the nearest confirmed case is 6,000 miles away—... More »

Maine Nurse Goes for a Bike Ride, Cops Follow

Kaci Hickox says she won't be bullied by politicians, will fight quarantine

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox went on a bike ride today, hours after saying she's going to fight the stigma on medical professionals who've treated Ebola patients and not let politicians bully her. With a showdown looming over her potential forced quarantine in Maine, the nurse emerged from her home to... More »

Nurse Won't Obey Maine Quarantine

State says it is 'willing to pursue legal authority'

(Newser) - Nurse Kaci Hickox has gone from forced quarantine in New Jersey to "voluntary" quarantine in Maine—but it may not be voluntary for long. Her lawyer tells the Bangor Daily News that she agreed not to go out in public for two days, but "she doesn't want... More »

Limbaugh: It's Time to Quarantine Chris Christie

Meanwhile, it's unclear how long Kaci Hickox will be quarantined for in Maine

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox is going to Maine after a brief and controversial forced quarantine in New Jersey, but it's not clear how long the nurse will be quarantined for in her home state. She has agreed to home quarantine, but while her lawyer says that should only be for the... More »

CDC's New Ebola Policy: No Forced Quarantine

But military personnel now in 'controlled monitoring'

(Newser) - The federal government has rolled out new guidelines for health workers who have had contact with Ebola patients, and they stop short of the mandatory quarantines introduced in several states. Instead, the CDC guidelines released to state health departments recommend that people at risk isolate themselves voluntarily for 21 days,... More »

NJ Releases Nurse From Forced Quarantine

Kaci Hickox plans to sue

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox's time being treated like a "criminal" by the state of New Jersey is coming to an end. ABC News reports the state announced this morning that it will release the nurse, who flew into New Jersey on Friday after working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone,... More »

NYC Puts Bronx Boy, 5, Under Ebola Watch

Child under observation at Bellevue Hospital, family quarantined

(Newser) - Ebola may have infected another New Yorker—a 5-year-old Bronx boy who returned from Guinea with his family on Saturday, ABC reports. The boy is currently under observation at Bellevue Hospital, but hasn't been diagnosed with Ebola and isn't under quarantine, officials say. The boy has been in... More »

Quarantined Nurse: NJ Treated Me Like a 'Criminal'

Kaci Hickox put through wringer, despite testing negative for Ebola

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox had "spent a month watching children die, alone," in Sierra Leone, where the 33-year-old nurse was working with Ebola patients with Doctors Without Borders. On Friday, she flew into New Jersey's Newark airport—and straight into a bureaucratic quagmire that underscores the nation's struggle... More »

NYC Isolates Ebola Doctor's Fiancee, Friends

Case poses huge challenge for city

(Newser) - America's biggest city is facing an enormous challenge: how to track down people who came into contact with an Ebola-infected doctor who traveled on three subway lines, jogged for miles, and even went bowling the day before he reported symptoms. Epidemiologists in New York City are using information from... More »

Starving Liberians: We'll Break Ebola Quarantine

UN's World Food Program has apparently stopped providing food

(Newser) - Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported today. Forty-three people were put in quarantine after four people died of Ebola in Jennewende, a town in an impoverished... More »

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