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Oct 25, 2014

Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine 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 President Barack Obama’s administration on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, came as medical detectives tried to retrace the steps in New York City of Dr. Craig Spencer, who tested positive for Ebola on Thursday.

Oct 24, 2014

NY doctor with Ebola a serious student with funny side, friends say

NEW YORK, Oct 24 (Reuters) – The young doctor diagnosed with
Ebola in New York City is a big-hearted man with a serious
interest in international emergency medicine and a flair for
languages, yet his friends call him “a goofball.”

Craig Spencer, originally from the Detroit area, has
specialized in International Emergency Medicine at the highly
respected Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital
since 2011, according to his online LinkedIn resume.

Oct 24, 2014

Doctor with Ebola in New York hospital after return from Guinea

NEW YORK, Oct 24 (Reuters) – A doctor who worked in West
Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York
City on Friday after testing positive for the virus, becoming
the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United
States and the first in its largest city.

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, was placed in a quarantined unit at
Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, six days after returning from
Guinea, renewing public jitters about transmission of the
disease and rattling financial markets.

Oct 24, 2014

Doctor with Ebola in Manhattan hospital after return from Guinea

NEW YORK, Oct 24 (Reuters) – A doctor who worked in West
Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York
on Friday after testing positive for the deadly virus, becoming
the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United
States and the first in its largest city.

The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed at least 4,900
people and perhaps as many as 15,000, mostly in Liberia, Sierra
Leone and Guinea, according to World Health Organization
figures.

Oct 24, 2014

New York doctor tests positive for Ebola: NY Times

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola, the New York Times said on Thursday.

The doctor was identified as Craig Spencer, who was working for the humanitarian organization in Guinea, one of three West African nations hardest hit by Ebola.

Oct 23, 2014

New York tests doctor who was in West Africa for Ebola

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A physician with Doctors without Borders who recently returned from West Africa is being tested for Ebola at a New York City hospital, health officials said on Thursday, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the virus.

The doctor developed a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. Preliminary results of the Ebola testing were expected in the next 12 hours.

Oct 23, 2014

New York City says hospital testing healthcare worker for Ebola

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City hospital is running Ebola tests on a healthcare worker with Doctors Without Borders who returned to the United States from West Africa with a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the city’s health department said on Thursday.

Preliminary test results were expected in the next 12 hours, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement.

Oct 17, 2014

NJ man sentenced to 45 years for holding family in ‘den of horrors’

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for imprisoning and sexually abusing his daughter and stepdaughter in a home that one victim described as “hell,” authorities said.

Howard Gregory, 50, was convicted in May of kidnapping, sexual assault and other charges. He was sentenced on Thursday by Camden County Superior Court Judge Edward McBride, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s office and Lindenwold Police.

Oct 16, 2014

Eight New York hospitals to handle Ebola cases, governor says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hospitals in New York state are running drills to prepare for patients reporting to emergency rooms with Ebola-like symptoms, and eight of them have been identified as primary centers for handling any cases that may turn up, the governor said on Thursday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said authorities were erring on the side on caution in their preparations, and that the public’s “anxiety is higher than the probability” of an Ebola outbreak in New York.

Oct 13, 2014

In Pennsylvania race, Republican governor cannot count on his own

By Ellen Wulfhorst

WAYNE Pa. (Reuters) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is not only trailing his Democratic challenger badly, but he has lost the support of nearly a quarter of his fellow Republicans, according to polls showing his bid for a second term is in deep trouble.

With the incumbent faring so poorly, his party is counting on Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey to shore up Corbett’s campaign. But even the backing of a powerful populist like Christie, renowned for his bipartisan appeal, could be too little, too late for his Pennsylvania counterpart, analysts say.