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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 »

Gates Foundation Gives $50M to Ebola Fight

Money will pay for supplies, diagnostics, drugs

(Newser) - The fight to curtail the Ebola epidemic has more support—$50 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to finance supplies, drug and vaccine development, and diagnostics, as well as bolster emergency response, Reuters reports. "We are working urgently with our partners to identify the most effective ways... More »

4th American With Ebola Is Home for Treatment

Unnamed aid worker to be treated at Emory University Hospital

(Newser) - Emory University Hospital is preparing to treat its third Ebola patient, who landed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base outside Atlanta this morning. The hospital said the patient would be treated in its isolation unit. Last month, two aid workers who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia were treated successfully at... More »

In Places Scrubbed of Ebola, Virus Rears Its Head

Health officials warn Ebola's erratic spread is out of control

(Newser) - Just months ago, Doctors Without Borders was packing up its bags and leaving an Ebola-free region in Guinea; that site, Macenta, is now the hotbed site of 30 new cases, in what the AP reports is a sign of the virus' resurgence. Health officials are declaring, once again , that the... More »

To Fight Ebola, Sierra Leone Set for 'Lockdown'

Locals barred from going out for 3 days

(Newser) - After hundreds of deaths in the country due to Ebola , Sierra Leone is heading for a lockdown. That means that for at least three days, starting Sept. 19, locals won't be able to leave the vicinity of their homes, Reuters reports. The goal is to spot people in the... More »

Ebola Could Show Up in US This Month

Study of air traffic patterns puts chances at 18%

(Newser) - Dr. Rick Sacra, the third American to contract Ebola , landed in Nebraska last week and will be moved to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment. Experts insist there is no risk to the public, NBC News reports, but a new study in PLOS Currents finds that Ebola could... More »

3rd American With Ebola Lands in US

Dr. Rick Sacra will be treated in Nebraska

(Newser) - A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia— the third American aid worker sickened with the virus—landed this morning at an Air Force base in Nebraska, Fox News reports, and is expected to arrive at a Nebraska hospital for treatment later today. Officials at the Nebraska... More »

To Fight Ebola, Experts Look to Blood of Survivors

Method used on Kent Brantly debated at WHO meeting

(Newser) - As the Ebola outbreak reaches apocalyptic proportions , an experimental method to help fight the virus is emerging: injecting victims with the blood of survivors. American Dr. Kent Brantly underwent the procedure in July, though it isn't clear if it improved his condition. Yet with vaccines only just beginning human... More »

World 'Losing' Ebola Battle: Doctors Without Borders

Top doc tells UN world has done nothing to stem spread

(Newser) - The picture of Ebola in West Africa is apocalyptic: Infected bodies decompose in the street, 150 health workers have died, overflowing clinics turn away the sick, to say nothing of food shortages and riots. And the disease is spreading at an unprecedented rate , Doctors Without Borders President Joanne Liu told... More »

Another US Doc Has Ebola

Unnamed doctor was working in missionary group in Liberia

(Newser) - A second American doctor working in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, missionary group Serving in Mission USA is confirming, as per the AP . It's not clear how the doctor, who was not named, contracted the virus: He was working in an obstetrics unit in a Monrovia hospital, and... More »

Another Country Confirms Case of Ebola

Senegal says infected university student came from Sierra Leone

(Newser) - Ebola has spread to yet another country in Africa: Senegal. Local press reported today that a university student infected with the virus had traveled from Guinea into the West African nation, CNN reports. The student, 21, has been placed in quarantine in a hospital in Dakar and is in stable... More »

UN: We Could See 20K Ebola Cases

2nd Ebola strain found in Democratic Republic of Congo

(Newser) - Ebola cases in West Africa could multiply sixfold, affecting up to 20,000 as the virus "continues to accelerate," the World Health Organization said today, per Reuters . Some 1,552 people have now died out of the 3,069 cases reported—though the actual number of cases could... More »

UK Evacuates British Ebola Patient

Nation's first victim of virus was health worker in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - An RAF aircraft has left Sierra Leone today carrying a British citizen infected with Ebola, bound for treatment in an isolation unit in London's Royal Free Hospital, reports the BBC . London is confirming that a male patient was indeed infected, notes the AP ; he was a volunteer at a... More »

Ebola Survivor: 'God Saved My Life'

Kent Brantly addresses media; Nancy Writebol was released earlier

(Newser) - A grinning Dr. Kent Brantly walked into a press conference at Emory University Hospital this morning, the fully recovered survivor of Ebola virus. "Today is a miraculous day," he said. "I'm thrilled to be alive, to be well, and to be here with my family."... More »

Calif. Patient Tested for Ebola

Health officials confident they can prevent disease spread

(Newser) - A patient in Sacramento is being tested for Ebola, but health experts still say there is little chance the disease will spread in the US. "We should take this one case not as something to inspire fear but to tell us the system is working,” one expert tells... 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 »

Kenya Bans Travelers From Ebola-Hit Countries

Part of 'extraordinary measures' need to halt outbreak

(Newser) - The Kenyan government will bar passengers traveling from three West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak , closing a debate in East Africa's economic powerhouse about whether the national airline was exposing the country to the deadly disease. The suspension is effective midnight Tuesday for all ports of entry... 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 »

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