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  • U.S. military starts training its Ebola rapid-response team

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army 615th Engineer Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion practise the proper way to remove protective gloves during the final session of personal protective equipment training at Ft. Carson in Colorado SpringsBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - As health officials were trying to manage a patient infected with Ebola in New York, U.S. military personnel in Texas were in the first stages of training a new rapid-response team that could head to hospitals the next time an outbreak occurs. The 30-member U.S. Military Ebola Rapid Response Team assembled at the Army's San Antonio Military Medical Center on Wednesday and consists of five physicians, 20 nurses and five certified trainers. The group will supervise treatment and help hospitals deal with the intricacies of treating Ebola. ...


  • Governor Cuomo did not tell NYC about new Ebola airport rules: mayor

    Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference about New York's first case of Ebola, in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo did not inform New York City officials before announcing mandatory quarantines for some people arriving at airports around the city from Ebola-affected countries, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Saturday. De Blasio declined to criticize or commend the new rules, which also affect New Jersey, but told reporters the city would cooperate with them. Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, the city's health commissioner, told reporters the doctor who was diagnosed with Ebola on Thursday was in a stable condition in a city hospital. ...


  • When the Bad News Comes, Be There and Remain Faithful

    This is the final part of a four-part series on death, and life, and decisions we face going forward into our final twenty or so years. (For the first three parts of the series, go to the Martha Nelson blog on The Huffington Post). As Baby Boomers we have led the way all of our lives. Now we will lead each other to the end of our days, like it...

  • WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.

  • Leadership Advice From A Farmer, Emergency Response MD, Harvard Professor And Top Healthcare CIO

    Leadership Advice From A Farmer, Emergency Response MD, Harvard Professor And Top Healthcare CIOOnly a renaissance man can manage a fully functioning farm, practice emergency response, teach at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and also serve as CIO of one of the top hospital in the world. Dr. John Halamka's 20-year career as CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and its five hospitals has taken him from...


  • Illinois orders mandatory Ebola quarantine for high-risk travelers

    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn speaks before signing the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act at a ceremony in Chicago, Illinois(Reuters) - Illinois has ordered mandatory 21-day quarantines for all "high-risk" people who have had direct contact with Ebola patients while in Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone, the three West African nations most affected by the outbreak. The order, to be implemented by local health authorities, includes all medical personnel who treated patients with the often-deadly disease in those three countries. Previously such high-risk individuals were subject to voluntary isolation. ...


  • Mauritania closes border with Mali over Ebola fears

    Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita attends a ceremony marking Mali's 54th Independence Day in BamakoBy Adama Diarra and Kissima Diagana BAMAKO/NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania has closed its border with Mali to prevent the spread of Ebola, officials said on Saturday, highlighting fears of further contagion in West Africa after a girl from Guinea died of the disease in Mali this week. Earlier, Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said that his country would not close its border with Guinea despite the girl's case, which may have exposed many to the disease as she traveled hundreds of kilometers through Mali - including a stop in the capital Bamako - on public transport. ...


  • Woman isolated in NJ under Ebola rules tests negative

    U.S. President Obama leans over to hug Dallas nurse Pham in the Oval Office in WashingtonThe first person quarantined under strict new rules in the New York City area for people with a high risk of Ebola tested negative, New Jersey officials said on Saturday, as President Barack Obama said the response to domestic cases of the deadly disease needs to be based on "facts, not fear." Under the new policy, anyone arriving at the two international airports serving New York City after having contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must submit to a mandatory 21-day quarantine. The requirement exceeds current federal ...


  • Mali seeks to contain Ebola fears after girl dies

    Rescue workers carry out an Ebola precautionary emergency exercise on October 23, 2014 in Vysne Nemecke, SlovakiaMali authorities on Saturday scrambled to calm fears after Ebola claimed its first victim in the African country, a contagious toddler who took a 1,000-kilometre bus journey before being treated. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned the situation in Mali was an "emergency", and said in its latest Ebola situation report that the biggest outbreak on record has now killed 4,922 people, the vast majority of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 10,141 cases reported. The US states of New York and New Jersey ordered mandatory quarantine for medics who had treated victims of the disease in west Africa, after a doctor who had returned from the region became the first Ebola case in New York City. President Barack Obama told Americans Saturday that they must be "guided by the facts, not fear".


  • Watch: Health Worker Quarantined in New Jersey Tests Negative for Ebola

    State enacts mandatory quarantine protocol on the same day the worker was suspected of having the deadly virus.

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