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Oct 15, 2014

New Texas nurse with Ebola had slight fever on airliner

DALLAS, Oct 15 (Reuters) – A second Texas nurse who had
contracted Ebola flew on a commercial flight from Ohio to Texas
with a slight temperature the day before she was diagnosed,
health officials said on Wednesday, raising new concerns about
U.S. efforts to control the disease.

Chances that other passengers on the plane were infected
were very low, but the nurse should not have been traveling on
the flight, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) Director Dr. Thomas Frieden told reporters.

Oct 15, 2014

Second Texas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola

DALLAS, Oct 15 (Reuters) – A second Texas healthcare worker
who treated the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the
United States has tested positive for the disease, the Texas
Department of State Health Services said in a statement on

At least 4,447 people have died in West Africa in the worst
ever outbreak of the virus that can cause fever, bleeding,
vomiting and diarrhea, and spreads through contact with bodily
fluids, but cases in the United States and Europe have been
limited so far.

Oct 15, 2014

U.S. sets up rapid-response Ebola team; Dallas nurse improves

DALLAS (Reuters) – The United States is establishing a rapid-response team to help hospitals “within hours” whenever there is a case of Ebola, the top doctor leading the fight against the deadly virus said on Tuesday.

Prospects for a quick end to the contagion fell as the World Health Organization (WHO) predicted that three impoverished countries in West Africa – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – could produce as many as 10,000 new cases per week by early December.

Oct 14, 2014

Dallas Ebola nurse says ‘doing well’ after transfusion

DALLAS, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The nurse who contracted Ebola
while caring for a dying Liberian in a Dallas hospital said on
Tuesday she is doing well, while U.S. officials redouble efforts
to stop the deadly virus spreading.

Nina Pham, a 26-year-old Vietnamese-American, became the
first person infected by Ebola in the United States while caring
for the Liberian for much of his 11 days in Texas Health
Presbyterian Hospital. He died on Wednesday.

Oct 13, 2014

U.S. needs to rethink Ebola infection controls says CDC chief

DALLAS, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The case of a Dallas nurse who
contracted Ebola while caring for a dying Liberian patient shows
that the United States needs to rethink how it addresses
infection control as an outbreak of the deadly virus spreads
beyond West Africa, a top U.S. health official said on Monday.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, said health authorities are still
investigating how the nurse became infected while caring for
Thomas Eric Duncan in an isolation ward at Texas Health
Presbyterian Hospital.

Oct 13, 2014

Investigators rush to find out how Ebola struck Dallas nurse

DALLAS (Reuters) – Health investigators were racing on Monday to figure out how a nurse in Texas contracted Ebola even though she used protective equipment when treating a Liberian who died of the disease in Dallas last week.

The inquiry, reported by the Dallas Morning News, underscores the increased scrutiny hospital officials face over whether safety precautions taken by medical staff are sufficient and as nurses groups demand better training to avoid becoming infected with the deadly virus.

Sep 19, 2014

Kinder Morgan builds out Gulf Coast logistics hub in U.S. oil boom

HOUSTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – To capitalize on a flood of
domestic and Canadian crude into the U.S. Gulf Coast, logistics
giant Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is spending more
than $1.5 billion in Houston to build the most flexible oil and
fuel transport hub in the country.

The company’s expanding infrastructure smorgasbord includes
a bit of almost everything at the increasingly crowded Houston
Ship Channel – all next door to the biggest concentration of
refiners in the country.

Sep 6, 2014

Iraq refiles case in U.S. court over disputed Kurdish crude

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Iraq has refiled in U.S. court to gain control of $100 million of Kurdish crude oil on a tanker near Texas, days after the court ruled it lacked jurisdiction to seize the cargo but said it could hear arguments over who is the oil’s rightful owner.

Iraq, in court documents seen on Friday, widened its case to include potential buyers of the cargo and said the Kurdistan Regional Government has not stated if it currently owns it.

Sep 4, 2014

BP found ‘grossly negligent’ in 2010 U.S. spill, billions in fines loom

HOUSTON (Reuters) – BP Plc (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) was “grossly negligent” for its role in the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, a U.S. district judge said on Thursday in a ruling that could add billions of dollars in fines to the more than $42 billion in charges taken so far for the worst offshore disaster in U.S. history.

Shares of BP traded in the United States fell 5 percent, or $2.40, to $45.31, eroding about $8.8 billion of its market value. BP shares traded in London closed down nearly 6 percent, the worst one day slide in more than four years.

Aug 28, 2014

Disputed Kurdish oil tanker mysteriously goes dark off Texas coast

HOUSTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A tanker near Texas loaded with
$100 million of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude has disappeared
from satellite tracking, the latest development in a high stakes
game of cat-and-mouse between Baghdad and the Kurds.

The AIS ship tracking system used by the U.S. Coast Guard
and Reuters on Thursday showed no known position for the United
Kalavrvta, which was carrying 1 million barrels of crude and 95
percent full when it went dark.

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