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  • Potential Ebola patient in New York had contact with few people

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The doctor being tested for Ebola at a New York City hospital had direct contact with very few people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. “Our understanding is that very few people were in direct contact with him,” the mayor said of the patient at Bellevue Hospital, identified as Dr. Craig Spencer of Harlem.     (Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Jonathan Allen)

  • New York patient being tested for Ebola is Dr. Craig Spencer

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The patient being tested for Ebola at a New York City hospital was identified as a doctor named Craig Spencer from Harlem, New York City Councilman Mark Levine said on Thursday. Hours after Spencer was taken to Bellevue Hospital to undergo tests after complaining of fever and gastrointestinal discomfort, authorities were discussing possible evacuation of the Harlem apartment building where he lived, Levine said. (Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

  • 1st Ebola case in W. African nation of Mali

    In this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of an isolation center in western Liberia because they have no food, the West African nation’s state radio reported Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's health minister says the West African country has confirmed its first case of Ebola.


  • First case of Ebola confirmed in Mali: health minister

    BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali said on Thursday it had detected its first confirmed case of Ebola, making it the sixth West African country to be touched by the worst outbreak on record of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. Health Minister Ousmane Kone told state television that the patient in the western region of Kayes was a two-year-old girl who had recently arrived from neighboring Guinea, where the outbreak began. (Reporting by Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Chris Reese)

  • Obama looks to inventors for ways to fight Ebola

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is looking for a few smart ideas from the science and technology fields that could help address the challenge posed by Ebola.

  • Cremation fears leave empty Ebola beds in Liberia

    In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, a burial team in protective gear buries a person suspected to have died of Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia. Even as Liberians get sick and die of Ebola, many beds in treatment centers are empty because of the government’s order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims be cremated. The edict violates Liberians’ values and cultural practices and has so disturbed people that the sick are often being kept at home and, if they die, are being secretly buried, increasing the risk of more infections. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Even as Liberians fall ill and die of Ebola, more than half the beds in treatment centers in the capital remain empty, an unintended consequence of the government's order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims in Monrovia be cremated.


  • New York tests doctor who was in West Africa for Ebola

    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A physician with Doctors without Borders who recently returned from West Africa is being tested for Ebola at a New York City hospital, health officials said on Thursday, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the virus. The doctor developed a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. Preliminary results of the Ebola testing were expected in the next 12 hours. ...

  • Knowing prices tied to lower healthcare spending

    By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who search and compare the prices of common healthcare services tend to spend a bit less than people who don’t, according to a new study. The overall amount of money people and their employers spent on office visits, laboratory services and imaging tests was between $1 and $125 less than normal when they looked up the prices ahead of time, researchers found. “It makes sense,” said the study’s lead author Christopher Whaley, from the University of California, Berkeley. “If you give them the information on services, they respond to it. ...

  • EU appoints Ebola czar

    Christos Stylianides of Cyprus, at the European Parliament in Brussels on September 30, 2014Brussels (AFP) - EU leaders on Thursday named Christos Stylianides of Cyprus to coordinate the bloc's fight against Ebola which has claimed nearly 4,900 lives in west Africa.


  • Oklahoma judge allows law on abortion pills to take effect

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge said on Wednesday he will allow a law governing the use of an abortion-inducing drug to take effect as planned on Nov. 1, over the objections of abortion rights advocates who said the measure is poor public health policy that could put women at risk. Oklahoma District Court Judge Robert Stuart turned down a request by abortion rights groups to halt the measure from taking effect. Stuart also allowed a provision that would limit liability claims against physicians due to the law. ...

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