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U.S. diplomat travels to West Africa as Ebola quarantine moves take hold


NEW YORK - As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations embarked on a trip to West Africa, new rules in three U.S. states mandating quarantine for health workers returning from the Ebola-stricken region drew criticism, even as some U.S. lawmakers called for a travel ban on the three worst-hit countries. | Video

Ebola shows up solidarity deficit in Africa growth story

MONROVIA/JOHANNESBURG - Africa's economic growth is bounding ahead, despite the Ebola epidemic gnawing at its western shoulder, but some see the continent showing a deficit in solidarity towards the three poor and war-weakened states worst hit by the deadly disease.

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U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola calls treatment 'frenzy of disorganization'

NEW YORK - Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, called her treatment a "frenzy of disorganization." | Video

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West African woman being tested for Ebola in Australian hospital

PERTH Australia - An 18-year-old West African woman is being tested for Ebola after emigrating to Australia from Guinea with eight other family members 11 days ago, state health authorities said on Sunday.

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Illinois orders mandatory Ebola quarantine for high-risk travelers

- 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.

U.S. 25 Oct 2014

U.S. envoy Samantha Power travels to Ebola-stricken West Africa

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is traveling to Guinea on Sunday and will also visit Liberia and Sierra Leone, making the trip despite calls by some U.S. lawmakers for a travel ban on the three West African countries worst-affected by Ebola.

25 Oct 2014

Health officials probing death of Tennessee student for possible enterovirus

- Health officials were investigating the death of a middle school student in Nashville after preliminary tests suggested the pupil had a potent virus that has infected hundreds of children nationwide.

25 Oct 2014

U.S. FDA issues emergency authorization for two new Ebola tests

NEW YORK - Federal health regulators granted emergency authorization on Saturday for two new tests made by BioFire Defense that detect Ebola in humans, highlighting new steps by the government to prevent a severe outbreak in the United States.

25 Oct 2014

Mauritania closes border with Mali over Ebola fears

BAMAKO/NOUAKCHOTT - 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.

25 Oct 2014

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

NEW YORK - 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.

U.S. 25 Oct 2014