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Dallas Finally Gets Some Good Ebola News

Ebola monitoring ends for dozens there

(Newser) - After weeks of fear, there's now relief in Dallas: Around 50 people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan before he was admitted to the hospital have reached the end of the 21-day monitoring period without showing signs of Ebola. The people declared risk-free include health workers, the paramedics... More »

WHO: Nigeria Is Officially Ebola-Free

Calls containment of disease a 'spectacular success story'

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has declared that Nigeria is now free of Ebola, a rare victory in the monthslong battle against the fatal disease. In an update issued today, the UN health agency says the country's containment of the lethal disease is a "spectacular success story." The... More »

There's an Ebola Outbreak You Don't Know About

Well-prepared Democratic Republic of Congo has nearly quashed outbreak

(Newser) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa shows no signs of slowing, having killed at least 4,447 . Elsewhere in Africa, however, another outbreak of the virus is quietly winding down. It's believed a different strain of Ebola first appeared in the Democratic Republic of Congo in late July: A... More »

Spain: Nurse Wins Battle With Ebola

Blood test shows no signs of virus in Teresa Romero

(Newser) - An initial test shows that a nursing assistant who became infected with Ebola in Spain is now clear of all traces of the virus nearly two weeks after she was hospitalized, authorities said today. Teresa Romero, 44, is the first person known to have contracted the disease outside West Africa... More »

US Military to Train Ebola 'Strike Team'

Chuck Hagels orders creation of team for domestic Ebola cases

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the US, the Pentagon announced today. His spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the team drawn from... More »

Hospital Offers Full-Page Apology Ad Over Ebola

As worker who went on cruise is cleared

(Newser) - Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital hasn't exactly had a lot of good publicity lately: After the hospital first turned away Thomas Eric Duncan, he later died of Ebola; two of his nurses came down with the virus—one of whom took two flights just before she was diagnosed—as nurses... More »

Ebola Coming to Your TV, Thanks to Ridley Scott

He's planning limited series based on 'The Hot Zone'

(Newser) - Just what an already paranoid public needs: Ridley Scott is working on a TV series about Ebola. The limited series, produced by Fox TV Studios, will be based on Richard Preston's 1994 best-seller The Hot Zone. The nonfiction book gives an account of the disease's history and discusses... More »

7 Things to Know About Ebola Czar Ron Klain

He's highly respected within the administration, for one

(Newser) - Multiple outlets are reporting that President Obama has chosen Ron Klain as his "Ebola czar," a position he said last night might be necessary. (The White House didn't actually use the term "czar" this morning, though.) What we know about Klain, per CNN , Politico , and... More »

CDC: It's Possible Ebola Nurse Was Sick on 1st Flight

CDC tracking down those on Dallas to Cleveland flight

(Newser) - Officials say Dallas nurse Amber Vinson may have shown Ebola symptoms around four days earlier than initially thought. A CDC rep says "we have started to look at the possibility that she had symptoms going back as far as Saturday. ... We can't rule out (that) she might have... More »

Texas Ebola Worker Quarantined ... on Cruise Ship

Employee may have handled Thomas Eric Duncan's samples

(Newser) - If you're already a little paranoid about getting sick on a cruise ship , this news is certainly not going to help: A Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital employee who may have handled Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan's lab specimens has self-quarantined aboard the Carnival Magic. The unnamed worker never... More »

Yale Student Tested for Ebola; More Quarantined

As Tom Frieden, others testify before House subcommittee

(Newser) - A Yale doctoral student who came back to Connecticut recently after visiting Liberia has a fever and is being tested for Ebola, officials say. The student is in isolation at Yale-New Haven Hospital, CNN reports. Meanwhile, one person in Ohio who was recently in contact with or in the vicinity... More »

Nurse With Ebola Called CDC Before Flying

Dallas may place health workers in shelters

(Newser) - The CDC says nurse Amber Vinson shouldn't have flown —but the agency said something different when she called several times before flying back to Texas from Cleveland earlier this week. A health official tells CBS that someone "dropped the ball" by telling the nurse, the second Dallas... More »

CDC: 2nd Nurse With Ebola Shouldn't Have Flown

Obama cancels fundraising trip to talk Ebola

(Newser) - The CDC isn't happy that the second nurse to have contracted Ebola in Texas decided to get on a plane . "She should not have traveled on a commercial airline," says CDC chief Thomas Frieden, as quoted by NBC News . He said the woman had "extensive contact"... More »

2nd Case of Ebola in Dallas; Nurses Decry Hospital

Worker tested positive after reporting fever

(Newser) - Nurse Nina Pham is no longer the only American to contract Ebola while caring for Thomas Duncan . A second health care worker at Dallas' Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for the virus. The Texas Department of State Health Services says the worker reported a fever yesterday and was... More »

The 7 Grimmest Numbers Tied to Ebola

WHO puts death rate at 70%

(Newser) - Recent news on the Ebola outbreak paints a bleak portrait of the disease by numbers:
  • 70%: The current death rate from the disease, the World Health Organization again confirmed today. That's an increase from the initial 50% cited by WHO, the AP reports.
  • 10,000: The number of new
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Dallas Nurse With Ebola 'Conscientious and Careful'

Nina Pham gets blood from US Ebola survivor

(Newser) - Colleagues describe Nina Pham, the nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for Thomas Duncan, as not just compassionate, but extremely careful, which makes it more of a mystery how she became infected. A friend and fellow nurse tells the New York Times that Pham is very committed to her profession... More »

German Ebola Victim Dies

UN worker was infected in Liberia, brought back to Leipzig

(Newser) - A United Nations medical worker who was infected with Ebola in Liberia has died despite "intensive medical procedures," a German hospital said today. The St. Georg hospital in Leipzig said the 56-year-old man, whose name has not been released, died overnight of the virus. It released no further... More »

Dallas Ebola Patient Identified

Nurse diagnosed with the virus is Nina Pham, 26

(Newser) - The Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan has been identified as Nina Pham, 26. A family member revealed the former Texas Christian University student's name to WFAA , as well as a picture. She graduated from the nursing program at TCU in 2010. One person... More »

CDC Blames 'Protocol Breach' in Dallas Ebola Case

Meanwhile, nurse praised as 'heroic' as officials quarantine 'close contact'

(Newser) - The Texas health care worker who has become what is believed to be the first case of Ebola contracted on American soil wore full protective garb when treating Thomas Duncan, officials tell the AP . She is a female nurse, adds CNN , citing inside sources, though her identity is being withheld... More »

Texas Health Worker Has Ebola

Treated Thomas Duncan; reported low-grade fever Friday

(Newser) - Health officials say a health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the Ebola patient hospitalized there has tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test. A statement posted on the Texas Department of State Health Service's website today says "confirmatory testing will be... More »

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