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SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent. . . more
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:41:19 -0400
BEIJING (AP) A top Red Cross official says he is confident the Ebola epidemic can be contained within four to six months. . . more
By Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers to prevent more Ebola cases in the United States. ... . . more
(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson said it has made a commitment of up to $200 million to accelerate and significantly expand the production of an Ebola vaccine program. J&J said that the vaccine regimen, which was discovered in a research program with the National Institutes of Health, combines a Janssen preventative vaccine with a vaccine from Denmark-based Bavarian Nordic . (Reporting by Supriya Kurane in Bangalore, editing by Louise Heavens) . . more
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Pledges to a United Nations trust fund calling for nearly $1 billion to fight Ebola in West Africa have more than doubled to almost $50 million, days after it was disclosed that only one $100,000 donation had been deposited. The United Nations said in September that $988 million would be needed to try to halt the spread of the deadly virus over the next six months. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in West Africa have been hardest hit by Ebola, but cases have also been reported in Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and the United States. ... . . more
By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. ... . . more
Bombo (Uganda) (AFP) - In Ebola-hit communities in west Africa, hope of stopping the deadly virus may seem far away at times. . . more
By Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers to prevent more Ebola cases in the United States. ... . . more
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:21:57 -0400
Washington (AFP) - A US photojournalist joined a Spanish nurse in being declared free of Ebola on Tuesday, as the United States tightened restrictions on travelers from the West African countries at the epicenter of the outbreak. . . more
(Reuters) - Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed more than 4,500 people. (Graphics: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/ebola/ index.html) Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms a previously unidentified hemorrhagic fever, which killed more than 50 people, is Ebola. March 30: Liberia reports two Ebola cases; suspected cases reported in Sierra Leone. April 1: Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns the epidemic's spread is "unprecedented. ... . . more
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist traded barbs on Tuesday over the minimum wage, the death penalty and racism in the Republican Party in the third and final debate of a close, bitterly contested race for governor. Polls show the two in an expensive, neck-and-neck race for the country's largest swing state, saturated in recent weeks by tens of millions of dollars of negative TV advertising. ... . . more
(Reuters) - Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp has begun limited manufacturing of a therapeutic targeting the Ebola-Guinea virus. The pharmaceutical company said on Tuesday that the new drug, part of its TKM-Ebola program, would be available by early December but did not specify how many doses it was making. Tekmira was not available for comment on the therapeutic, including whether it was manufacturing a drug or vaccine. Tekmira's investigational new drug application to U.S. ... . . more
By Simon Evans BRIDGETOWN Barbados (Reuters) - FIFA's new plans for dealing with concussions have been criticized by some in the United States for not involving an independent medical inspection, but Major League Soccer's medical chief believes team doctors should be trusted. The proposed protocol from FIFA states that when a suspected concussion occurs, the referee should stop the game for three minutes, allowing a team doctor to make an on-pitch assessment and decide if the player has a suspected concussion. ... . . more
The 33-year-old has opened up via Twitter about how he still is not sure how he contracted the disease but does not regret going to Liberia to help spread the word about Ebola's impact on west Africa. . . more
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his senior advisers will meet on Wednesday with Ron Klain, the new Ebola "czar" charged with coordinating the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has ravaged three countries and alarmed Americans. It will be the first official day on the job for Klain, a political insider and former White House aide, who Obama named on Friday to help manage the response both abroad and at home, where three domestic cases have shaken confidence in how the government is handling the crisis. ... . . more
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:45:01 -0400
Washington (AFP) - A US photojournalist said he was grateful to be alive after the hospital treating him declared him free of Ebola, in a minor victory over the virus that has killed more than 4,500 people. . . more
By Manuel Jimenez SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Government officials, artists and citizens on Tuesday mourned the death of Oscar de la Renta, the fashion designer who raised the profile of the Caribbean nation where he was born and which he supported throughout his life. News of de la Renta's death from cancer late on Monday at the age of 82 dominated national newspapers and the government declared Wednesday a national day of mourning with flags to be flown at half mast. ... . . more


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