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U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports


NEW YORK - 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.

Americans back travel ban from Ebola outbreak countries: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON - Nearly three-fourths of Americans support a ban on civilian air travel in and out of the West African countries that have experienced an Ebola outbreak, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows, suggesting growing pressure on President Barack Obama over the issue.

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Giving pricey hepatitis drug to prisoners may be financially wise

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When prisoners have hepatitis C, treating them with expensive new antiviral drugs makes fiscal sense despite the hefty price tag, according to a new study.

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Recalled, drug-tainted supplements still available for purchase

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Long after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued recalls for dietary supplements tainted with banned drugs, more than half of the tainted supplements were still available for purchase, a new study found.

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Pledges to U.N. fund to fight Ebola more than double to $50 million

UNITED NATIONS - 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.

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Curfew in Sierra Leone town after rioting, shooting over Ebola case

FREETOWN - Authorities in Sierra Leone imposed a curfew in the eastern town of Koidu on Tuesday after a dispute between youth and police over a suspected case of Ebola degenerated into gunfire and rioting, officials said.

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Cuban doctors proud to risk lives in mission to halt Ebola

HAVANA - Cuban doctors and nurses departing for West Africa to combat Ebola consider themselves lucky. Among the 15,000 who volunteered, they are among only 256 who have been chosen for the job.

Cuba 2:19pm EDT

MSF aims to start drug trials in Ebola clinics next month

DAKAR - The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) intends to start trials of experimental Ebola drugs in its treatment centers in West Africa next month, as it steps up measures to tackle the worst outbreak of the disease on record.

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Ebola among top U.S. worries but well behind economy, jobs: poll

- A new poll on Tuesday showed Ebola has moved into the top 10 issues of concern to Americans but ranks behind the economy, dissatisfaction with government and other worries.

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Nurse infected with Ebola in Spain cleared of disease

MADRID - A Spanish nurse infected with Ebola in Madrid while caring for a priest who later died of the virus has been cleared of the deadly disease after testing negative two times in a row, doctors said on Tuesday.

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