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Oct 6, 2014

American Ebola patient arrives in U.S., Liberian in Dallas critical

DALLAS (Reuters) – The fifth American to contract Ebola in West Africa arrived in the United States for treatment on Monday as the first patient diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil was in critical condition at a Dallas hospital, officials said.

A private plane carrying Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance cameraman for NBC News who contracted Ebola in Liberia, landed in Omaha and was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center. The plane was met by an ambulance staffed by workers in yellow protective suits, NBC video showed. Mukpo, 33, will be treated in a biocontainment center there.

Oct 5, 2014

In Dallas, African immigrants worry about backlash from Ebola case

DALLAS, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Some African immigrants in Dallas
are worried that the case of a Liberian man who is sick with
the Ebola virus in a city hospital is generating ill-feeling,
including some taunts and finger-pointing, toward the wider
community.

“Some people around here see us as bringing the disease and
that’s just not right,” said a Liberian who asked to be called
Sekou.

Oct 5, 2014

African immigrants worry about backlash from U.S. Ebola case

DALLAS (Reuters) – In Dallas and other cities home to large populations of African immigrants, worries are abounding among many that their standing in the United States has been tainted by one Liberian man infected with Ebola being treated in Texas.

“Some people around here see us as bringing the disease and that’s just not right,” said a Liberian who asked to be called Sekou, fearful that he and other West African immigrants are going to face bias in their U.S. home because of the sick man.

Oct 5, 2014

Ebola patient in Dallas turns critical, no new U.S. cases

DALLAS (Reuters) – The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States took a turn for the worse on Saturday, slipping from serious to critical condition in a Dallas hospital, as health officials reported tracking scores of possible cases around the country that proved to be false alarms.

The case of Thomas Eric Duncan, who arrived from Liberia two weeks ago, has heightened concerns that the worst epidemic of Ebola on record could spread from West Africa where it began in March and has taken more than 3,400 lives.

Oct 4, 2014

Ebola patient in Dallas takes turn for worse

DALLAS (Reuters) – The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States took a turn for the worse on Saturday, slipping from serious to critical condition, as health officials reported fielding scores of possible cases around the country that proved to be false alarms.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said news of the Ebola patient in Dallas had alerted hospitals nationwide to check incoming patients for potential risks, particularly those who had recently traveled from the center of the outbreak in West Africa.

Oct 4, 2014

U.S. parents confront fear of Ebola in classroom

DALLAS (Reuters) – A visibly nervous Qeuna Dawson on Friday walked her two boys to the Jack Lowe Elementary School in Dallas, where a student was removed after coming into contact with the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.

“I wanted to keep my boys home but they told me the school is safe. But if I hear of one child sneezing, those boys are staying home,” said Dawson, who lives a stone’s throw from the spot where the infected man was rushed to a hospital.

Oct 4, 2014

U.S. defends Ebola response, about 50 under observation

DALLAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials on Friday broadly defended the response to the country’s first case of Ebola, although one acknowledged that while the government was confident of containing the virus, it had been “rocky” in Dallas where the patient is in serious condition.

Health officials in Dallas charged with checking the spread of Ebola have narrowed their focus to about 50 people who had direct or indirect contact with an infected Liberian visitor, including 10 at high risk who are being checked twice daily for symptoms.

Oct 3, 2014

Texas home where Ebola patient fell ill to be cleaned after delay

DALLAS (Reuters) – U.S. health officials on Friday said Dallas authorities planned to properly dispose of items in the apartment where the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the country had stayed and where four people close to him are quarantined.

Sheets and other items used by the man have been sealed in plastic bags, but questions have been raised about the delay in sanitizing the apartment since the patient’s diagnosis was confirmed Sunday.

Sep 27, 2014

Maryland hospital to care for U.S. doctor exposed to Ebola in West Africa

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Institutes of Health plans to admit to one of its special observation wards an American physician exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone, it said on Saturday.

The patient, who has not been identified, was expected to be admitted on Sunday to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for observation and to enroll in a clinical study, the institute said.

Sep 23, 2014

CEO to step down of Livestrong group founded by cyclist Armstrong

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The CEO of the Livestrong cancer foundation started by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong announced his resignation on Tuesday after a tenure in which the organization went from a being global brand to losing millions after Armstrong’s doping scandal.

Doug Ulman, who helped develop the foundation that aids cancer patients and helped steer it through the scandals brought about by revelations of Armstrong’s doping, said he will join Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.