DALLAS, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The United States issued
stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating
Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear
that leaves no skin or hair exposed when caring for patients
infected with the virus.
The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who were exposed to
the first patient diagnosed in the United States were declared
risk free, easing a national sense of crisis over the spread of
DALLAS (Reuters) – Weeks of worries about Ebola infection ended for dozens of people who came off watch lists in the United States on Monday, but scores were still being monitored after potential exposure to the virus, Texas health officials said.
Forty-three people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the disease in the United States, were cleared overnight of twice-daily monitoring after showing no symptoms for 21 days, the state health department said, while another 120 remained on watch lists.
DALLAS (Reuters) – Texas officials are still working to contain the public’s fear of Ebola even as dozens of people who may have had contact with a Liberian man who died from the virus are soon expected to be released from a 21-day monitoring period.
There have been no new cases since two nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan contracted Ebola. But one traveled on a plane shortly before her diagnosis, sparking worry that fellow airline passengers could be infected.
DALLAS (Reuters) – The Texas hospital accused of mishandling care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States is hitting back at critics with an aggressive public relations campaign aimed at rehabilitating its battered image.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where a Liberian man was treated for Ebola and later died and where two nurses have been infected with the virus, has weathered intense criticism from the public, healthcare workers and politicians over what have been characterized as lax safety protocols.
DALLAS (Reuters) – Some 75 healthcare workers being monitored for Ebola after treating an infected patient in Dallas will stay out of public places and avoid public transportation, officials said on Thursday.
The voluntary agreement with the workers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital comes after one of their co-workers raised concerns about spreading the disease by taking a round-trip flight from Texas to Ohio before testing positive for Ebola.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp has seen some of its oil and gas activities in West Africa disrupted by the Ebola outbreak, including plans to drill offshore Liberia, the company’s chief executive officer said on Thursday.
Exxon, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company which has operations in Nigeria and Liberia, is prohibiting some employees from traveling to the countries directly affected by the disease, and is taking precautionary measures related to workers’ families, executive said.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – In June 2013, activist investors got the board of SandRidge Energy Inc (SD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to fire its CEO Tom Ward, arguing that he had mismanaged the Oklahoma City company and destroyed billions in shareholder value.
The oil and gas producer’s shares rose as much as 50 percent in the year following Ward’s ousting on optimism about the impact of cost cutting, asset sales and higher initial production rates from some of its wells. But in the past 10 weeks a lot has gone wrong – and the stock has lost virtually all of those gains.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Iraq has refiled in U.S. court to gain control of $100 million of Kurdish crude oil on a tanker near Texas, days after the court ruled it lacked jurisdiction to seize the cargo but said it could hear arguments over who is the oil’s rightful owner.
Iraq, in court documents seen on Friday, widened its case to include potential buyers of the cargo and said the Kurdistan Regional Government has not stated if it currently owns it.
HOUSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge has decided that BP Plc was “grossly negligent” and “reckless” in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill four years ago, a ruling that could add nearly $18 billion in fines to more than $42 billion in charges the company took for the worst offshore environmental disaster in U.S. history.
BP said it would appeal Thursday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans, Louisiana, who held a trial without a jury last year to determine who was responsible for the April 20, 2010 rig explosion and spill that killed 11 workers and spewed oil for nearly three months onto the shorelines of several states.
HOUSTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – A U.S. court on Monday threw out
an order to seize some 1 million barrels of disputed Iraqi
Kurdish crude oil from a tanker near Texas, a move that could
allow the cargo to be delivered and end a nearly month-long
The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying about $100 million
worth of Kurdish crude, has been anchored in the Gulf of Mexico
for weeks, as the Iraqi region of Kurdistan wages a legal battle
over ownership with the central government of Iraq.