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Spanish nurse reported Ebola symptoms many times before being quarantined

A Spanish nurse who was admitted to hospital in Madrid with the Ebola virus, after treating a repatriated patient who later died of the illness, had told health authorities at least three times that she had a fever before she was placed in quarantine.<p>Teresa Romero Ramos is the first person in the …

Sierra Leone: strike leaves Ebola dead in streets

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Burial teams responsible for collecting the corpses of Ebola victims in Sierra Leone returned to work Wednesday, one day after going on strike because of a delay in receiving hazard pay.<p>Members of the teams receive $100 a week on top of their regular salary for working …

Commander: U.S. troops' Ebola mission could last a year

WASHINGTON — Thousands of U.S. troops may be living in tent cities in Liberia and supporting the fight against Ebola for "about a year" or until the deadly outbreak appears to be under control, the top military commander in Africa said Tuesday.<p>"This is not a small effort and it's not a short period …

Ebola Survivor Dr. Kent Brantly Donates Blood to Ashoka Mukpo

The first American flown back to the U.S. after contracting Ebola has donated blood to an NBC News freelance cameraman who was also diagnosed with the virus. Photojournalist Ashoka Mukpo’s family told NBC News early Wednesday that Dr. Kent Brantly was contacted by the Nebraska Medical Center and …

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'Save Excalibur' fails: Madrid euthanizes Ebola patient's dog

Madrid health authorities have put down Ebola patient Teresa Romero Ramos' dog, Excalibur, despite protests to save the animal's life.<p>The dog was sedated before being euthanized, according to health authorities. Its body was moved, following protocol, to a place where it could be …

Why The NBC Cameraman Who Contracted Ebola Will Receive The Blood Of An Ebola Survivor

<b>Whether the transfusions will actually help is a matter of considerable uncertainty.</b><p>A small number of patients have been treated with experimental drugs like ZMapp, but the efficacy of those drugs is still unknown. (Stores of ZMapp have already been exhausted.) As Ebola spreads, the blood of …

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Why One Public Health Expert Thinks Airport Ebola Screening Won't Work

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden has said his organization will soon be implementing new health screening procedures at U.S. airports. It's part of an ongoing effort to control the spread of Ebola.<p>"We'll be strengthening our screening procedures both at the source and …

World Bank rings alarm over £20bn worst-case Ebola scenario

Spread of deadly virus would set African economies back years, body predicts<p>The spread of the deadly Ebola virus could result in a £20bn hit to economies in Africa and cause turmoil in financial markets, experts have warned.<p>The <b>World Bank</b> on Wednesday outlined a worst-case scenario that would see …

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Fears of Ebola Touch Liberians in U.S.

A Liberian-American immigrant explains how his community both in the United States and abroad has been affected by the deadly Ebola virus.

WHO: Spain's Ebola case won't be last in Europe

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish nursing assistant may be the first person in the ongoing epidemic to catch Ebola outside of Africa, but she probably won't be the last, experts warn.<p>Still, even as more people with Ebola arrive on European shores, the continent's sophisticated health systems, legions of …

Passengers from Ebola-hit countries to be screened at five U.S. airports

Ebola drug maker Chimerix's stock tumbles after Dallas patient dies

Shares of Chimerix Inc., the maker of an experimental drug to combat<p>Ebola, sank Wednesday after the death in Dallas of a patient with the disease who received the medicine.<p>About two hours after officials announced the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Durham, N.C., company's stock was trading at …

Travelers From Ebola-Hit Africa Will Be Screened in U.S.

Travelers from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa will have their temperature taken and fill out a questionnaire when they arrive at one of five major U.S. airports, officials announced Wednesday. The screenings will start Saturday at New York’s JFK International Airport. Washington-Dulles, …

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Ebola: Spain probes whether 'tainted glove' infected nurse

Ebola crisis: how health workers on west African frontline are paying with their lives

The epidemic has exposed weak healthcare systems and left nearly 3,500 dead, but far more might have died if not for the courage of local health workers<p>Ebola: the disease in a day – live coverage<p>The day, 21 July, began like any other Monday for Ameyo Adadevoh, a doctor in Africa’s most populous …

Thomas Eric Duncan, Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S., dies

Ebola outbreak could cost West Africa’s economy $32.6 billion

The 2014 Ebola outbreak, already the largest in history, could result in a two-year $32.6 billion economic loss by the end of next year, according to …

Ebola training focuses on astronaut-like gear

CHICAGO (AP) — The serious-faced physicians practice pulling on bulky white suits and helmets that make them look more like astronauts than doctors preparing to fight a deadly enemy. These training sessions at U.S. hospitals on Ebola alert and for health workers heading to Africa can make the …

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Officials to take temperature of travelers from Ebola-stricken countries at 5 US airports

Travelers arriving from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa will start to have their temperatures taken upon arrival at five U.S. airports as part of extra screening measures being implemented in the coming days, officials said Wednesday.<p>[audio-clip]<p>The new procedures will begin Saturday at New …

Doctors unsure why only certain Ebola patients bleed

One of Ebola's most notorious symptoms is bleeding from places like the nose and mouth, but such bleeding has only occurred in a minority of cases in the current outbreak.<p>It remains a mystery why some people experience this bleeding while others don't. The bleeding, which is properly called …

Texas Officials Say They Will Cremate Ebola Patient's Remains

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, died Wednesday morning at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. As relatives and friends grieve and plan an evening service for the 42-year-old man, public health officials are putting in action plans to safely …

Here's How Many Americans Have Died From Top Causes Since The First Reported Case Of US Ebola

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the US to be confirmed with Ebola, just died from the horrific illness.<p>We estimated the approximate number of deaths in the US from various causes in the eight days between Sept. 30, when the CDC confirmed that Duncan had Ebola, and Oct. 8, when he died:<p>We …

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The Tragic Story Behind The Dallas Ebola Patient Who Just Died

According to details reported by Kevin Sack in The New York Times, he had just reunited with Louise Troh, the mother of his son, after a 16-year separation. She had moved to Dallas; Duncan lived in a rented room an hour from the center of Monrovia, Liberia's crowded capital, where he worked as a …

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Five US airports to begin Ebola screenings for west Africa arrivals

Announcement comes amid mounting concern that not enough controls in place to prevent deadly disease from entering US<p>Ebola thermal scanners: effective prevention tools or placebo? Ebola: the 10 basic questions you were afraid to ask<p>Passengers travelling from west Africa will face additional Ebola …

A Strong Voice From The Ebola Front: Lorenzo Dorr

"Now we're in it."<p>That's what Liberian health worker Lorenzo Dorr tells me. The first two cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Grand Gedeh County, in Liberia's southeast, where Dorr is based.<p>Dorr first spoke with Goats and Soda a few weeks ago about his work with Last Mile Health, a nonprofit in …

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Ebola crisis: Britain urged to bring in airport screening like US

Health officials have been urged to begin screening for Ebola at the border after the US announced it would be enhancing security at airports<p>Britain has been urged to bring in Ebola screening at airports as it clashed with the US over how to handle the growing crisis.<p>The US Secretary of State, John …