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Sep 30, 2014

First Ebola case diagnosed in the United States -CDC

Sept 30 (Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Tuesday
the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been
diagnosed in the country, in a new sign of how the outbreak
ravaging West Africa can spread globally.

The patient had recently traveled to West Africa and
developed symptoms several days after returning to Texas, state
officials said. The patient was admitted to an isolation room at
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Sep 30, 2014

Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria, Senegal, appear contained: CDC reports

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal appear to have succeeded, even as the virus continues to spread in the hardest-hit West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, U.S. and African health officials said on Tuesday.

In Nigeria, no new cases of Ebola have occurred since August 31, “suggesting that the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria might have been contained,” according to one of three reports released on Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sep 30, 2014

Obama’s BRAIN initiative awards $46 million in grants

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Wearable brain scanners and lasers that can turn hundreds of cells on and off were among 58 projects awarded $46 million in federal grants as part of President Obama’s $100 million initiative to unlock the secrets of the human brain.

Launched in 2013, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is designed to give scientists greater insight into how the healthy brain works and a better understanding of what systems go awry in diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to schizophrenia.

Sep 29, 2014

Colorado, CDC probing 10 cases of virus-related paralysis in kids

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. health officials are investigating at least 10 cases of children in Colorado who developed limb weakness or paralysis after testing positive for a respiratory virus, state health officials said on Monday.

Of the 10, four children tested positive for Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a virus that is causing severe respiratory infections in 40 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Sep 25, 2014

Third Ebola patient treated in the U.S. free from virus – doctors

CHICAGO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The third U.S. patient to be
treated in the United States for Ebola is now free of the virus,
doctors at the Nebraska Medical Center and the patient said in a
news conference on Thursday.

“The CDC has declared me safe and free of virus. Thank God.
I love you all,” Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, a Boston obstetrician who
contracted Ebola while treating patients as a medical missionary
at a hospital in Liberia, told a news conference.

Sep 24, 2014

White House tells universities to police work on dangerous pathogens

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday charged U.S. universities with policing their research on dangerous pathogens that could be used both for legitimate purposes and for biowarfare or bioterrorism.

The long-awaited guidelines, issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, lay out a framework for university safety review boards to identify research that falls into this category, known as “dual use research of concern.”

Sep 24, 2014

Insight – U.S. hospitals unprepared to handle Ebola waste

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. hospitals may be unprepared to safely dispose of the infectious waste generated by any Ebola virus disease patient to arrive unannounced in the country, potentially putting the wider community at risk, biosafety experts said.

Waste management companies are refusing to haul away the soiled sheets and virus-spattered protective gear associated with treating the disease, citing federal guidelines that require Ebola-related waste to be handled in special packaging by people with hazardous materials training, infectious disease and biosafety experts told Reuters.

Sep 24, 2014

US hospitals unprepared to handle Ebola waste

CHICAGO, Sept 24 (Reuters) – U.S. hospitals may be
unprepared to safely dispose of the infectious waste generated
by any Ebola virus disease patient to arrive unannounced in the
country, potentially putting the wider community at risk,
biosafety experts said.

Waste management companies are refusing to haul away the
soiled sheets and virus-spattered protective gear associated
with treating the disease, citing federal guidelines that
require Ebola-related waste to be handled in special
packaging by people with hazardous materials training,
infectious disease and biosafety experts told Reuters.

Sep 11, 2014

Third U.S. Ebola patient showing “remarkable improvement”

CHICAGO, Sept 11 (Reuters) – The third American to be
treated for Ebola in the United States is showing “remarkable
improvement” after receiving an infusion of plasma from U.S.
Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, as well as an undisclosed
experimental drug, his doctors said on Thursday.

Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, who is being treated in a special
biocontainment unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
in Omaha, received two doses of plasma from Brantly, which
doctors are calling a convalescent serum, and has been given
nightly doses of an undisclosed experimental drug, Dr. Phil
Smith, one of Sacra’s doctors, said in a news briefing.

Sep 5, 2014

U.S. missionary with Ebola arrives at Nebraska hospital

CHICAGO, Sept 5 (Reuters) – The third U.S. medical
missionary to become infected with the Ebola virus was wheeled
on a gurney into the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for
treatment after being flown there from West Africa, a
spokeswoman for the medical center said on Friday.

Dr. Rick Sacra, a 51-year-old Boston physician, contracted
Ebola while working at a hospital in Liberia on behalf of the
North Carolina-based Christian group SIM USA. Sacra had worked
in the obstetrics ward at the ELWA Hospital of SIM in Monrovia.

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