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Oct 30, 2014

New York unveils incentives for workers in West Africa Ebola fight

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York officials on Thursday announced a program to encourage healthcare professionals to work in Ebola-hit West Africa, an effort to deflect criticism that the state’s mandatory quarantine could hamper the battle against the disease.

The program will provide financial incentives and employment protections similar to the benefits and rights provided to military reservists, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a joint statement.

Oct 28, 2014

Fatal train crash in New York caused by engineer with sleep disorder -NTSB

NEW YORK, Oct 28 (Reuters) – A fatal New York City train
derailment last year was likely caused by the engineer at the
controls who fell asleep due to an undiagnosed sleep disorder,
the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday.

The Manhattan-bound commuter train was traveling more than
50 miles per hour (80 km per hour) faster than the speed limit
when it rounded a curve and derailed shortly after 7 a.m. on
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, the NTSB said in its findings.

Oct 28, 2014

States stand firm on Ebola quarantines despite White House pressure

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The governors of New York and New Jersey on Sunday stuck to new plans to quarantine health workers returning from countries with Ebola epidemics, despite pressure from the White House, but said people could stay at home while in isolation.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo struck a more conciliatory tone on Sunday about the new quarantine policy after the White House said that mandatory isolation could impede the Ebola fight, while an attorney for a nurse who has been quarantined since returning from West Africa said she planned to sue.

Oct 28, 2014

CDC says returning Ebola medical workers should not be quarantined

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal health officials on Monday revamped guidelines for doctors and nurses returning home to the United States from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, stopping well short of controversial mandatory quarantines being imposed by some U.S. states.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), called for isolation of people at the highest risk for Ebola infection but said most medical workers returning from the three countries at the center of the epidemic would require daily monitoring without isolation.

Oct 27, 2014

Without apology, New Jersey releases nurse quarantined on Ebola fears

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With no apology, New Jersey released on Monday a nurse ordered into involuntary quarantine after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and drove her home to Maine to complete her 21-day isolation.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie offered no apologies and said he sees no reason to talk to Kaci Hickox, who has sharply criticized her treatment by state officials.

Oct 27, 2014

Pentagon isolates soldiers, nurse quarantined in N.J. to go home

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military was isolating personnel returning from their mission to help West African countries curb Ebola even though they showed no sign of infection and a nurse who treated patients was being allowed to go to her home state after New Jersey forced her into quarantine.

The decision by the Pentagon goes well beyond previously established military protocols and came just as the White House pushed to roll back steps by U.S. states to quarantine healthcare workers returning from the three countries at the center of the Ebola epidemic even if they were asymptomatic.

Oct 27, 2014

Nurse quarantined in New Jersey to go home, boy in New York to be tested for Ebola

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 5-year-old boy who arrived from Guinea had a low-grade fever and would be tested for Ebola in New York, while a nurse held in quarantine in New Jersey will be allowed to go home, officials said on Monday.

Nurse Kaci Hickox, held at a New Jersey hospital under the state’s Ebola quarantine policy, does not have any symptoms and can complete her quarantine at home, Governor Chris Christie said on Twitter.

Oct 27, 2014

Boy observed in NYC hospital for Ebola; states firm on quarantines

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 5-year-old boy who arrived from Guinea was being observed in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in New York City for possible Ebola symptoms, according to media reports Monday, as New York and New Jersey stuck to new plans to quarantine health workers returning from countries hardest hit by the virus.

The boy, who arrived in the United States on Saturday, had a 103 degree Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius) fever, ABC News reported. He has not been tested for the virus and was not under quarantine, ABC said, citing New York City health department officials.

Oct 27, 2014

White House questions Ebola quarantines; nurse plans lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The White House has told states that have imposed mandatory quarantines for some travelers from Ebola-hit West Africa that the policy could impede the fight against the disease, while the first health worker isolated under the rules planned to sue.

Kaci Hickox, a nurse placed in 21-day quarantine in a New Jersey hospital after returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, will contest her quarantine in court, her attorney said on Sunday, arguing the order violates her constitutional rights.

Oct 27, 2014

New York governor spells out new rules on Ebola quarantine

NEW YORK, Oct 26 (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
on Sunday spelled out the specifics of a new policy to
quarantine some people returning from Ebola-stricken West
Africa, saying the state wanted to protect public safety while
encouraging medical workers to go and fight against disease.

New York will ask healthcare professionals or passengers
arriving in New York who had exposure to people infected with
Ebola and reside in the state to stay in their homes for 21
days, the governor said at a news conference with New York City
Mayor Bill de Blasio.