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Oct 27, 2014

U.S. CDC says returning Ebola medical workers should not be quarantined

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal health officials on Monday called for voluntary home quarantine for people at the highest risk for Ebola infection but said most medical workers returning from West Africa would require daily monitoring without isolation.

The announcement by Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ran counter to the mandatory quarantines being imposed on returning doctors and nurses by a handful of states including New York and New Jersey.

Oct 24, 2014

Two US states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine all medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries, and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday.

The steps announced by the two states, which go beyond the current restrictions being imposed by the U.S. government on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, came as medical detectives tried to retrace the steps of the infected physician, Dr. Craig Spencer.

Oct 24, 2014

U.S. considering quarantine for returning Ebola health workers: CDC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is considering quarantining healthcare workers returning to the United States from the Ebola hot zone of West Africa, after a New York doctor who treated Ebola patients there tested positive for the virus.

Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Reuters on Friday that quarantine is among a number of options being discussed by officials from across the administration.

Oct 24, 2014

Republicans take aim at U.S. Ebola response as 4th case emerges

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
response to Ebola ran into fresh criticism from Republicans in
Congress on Friday, as the emergence of a fourth U.S. case in
New York City heightened public anxiety about the potential
spread of the virus.

Darrell Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House
Oversight Committee, blasted what he described as a “bumbling”
administration response characterized by missteps and
ill-considered procedures to protect U.S. healthcare workers at
home and troops in West Africa.

Oct 17, 2014

Obama open to appointing Ebola ‘czar,’ opposes travel ban

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said
on Thursday that he was considering appointing an Ebola “czar”
to coordinate the fight against the virus in the United States
but he remained opposed to a ban on travel from West Africa.

Obama’s administration is under growing criticism from
lawmakers over its efforts to contain the disease at home. Obama
authorized calling up military reservists for the U.S. fight
against Ebola in West Africa on Thursday.

Oct 16, 2014

Obama approves reservists for Ebola fight, government under fire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama authorized calling up military reservists for the U.S. fight against Ebola in West Africa on Thursday, as lawmakers criticized his administration’s efforts to contain the disease at home.

Obama’s move came after lawmakers held a congressional hearing to probe the federal response to the virus. Amid criticism of perceived missteps by the administration, many House of Representatives members joined calls for a ban on travel from the hardest-hit West African countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Oct 16, 2014

Obama approves reservists for Ebola fight, govt under fire

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
authorized calling up military reservists for the U.S. fight
against Ebola in West Africa on Thursday, as lawmakers
criticized his administration’s efforts to contain the disease
at home.

Obama’s move came after lawmakers held a congressional
hearing to probe the federal response to the virus. Amid
criticism of perceived missteps by the administration, many
House of Representatives members joined calls for a ban on
travel from the hardest-hit West African countries: Liberia,
Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Oct 16, 2014

Lawmakers blast government handling of Ebola on American soil

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers on Thursday
blasted the Obama administration’s handling of Ebola on American
soil, warning that public trust is waning after two nurses
caring for a Liberian man with the disease contracted the virus.

“The trust and credibility of the administration and
government are waning as the American public loses confidence
each day, with demonstrated failures of the current strategy,”
said the chairman of a House of Representatives panel,
Republican Timothy Murphy of Pennsylvania.

Oct 16, 2014

Wider Ebola outbreak in Africa would threaten U.S. health – CDC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top public health adviser warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could pose a long-term danger to the American healthcare system if it spread more widely in Africa.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a congressional oversight panel on Thursday that there is a lot of fear of the disease, which has killed nearly 4,500 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea this year.

Oct 16, 2014

Wider Ebola outbreak in Africa would threaten U.S. health -CDC

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top
public health adviser warned that the Ebola outbreak in West
Africa could pose a long-term danger to the American healthcare
system if it spread more widely in Africa.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), told a congressional oversight
panel on Thursday that there is a lot of fear of the disease,
which has killed nearly 4,500 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia
and Guinea this year.

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