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Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells fir... Full Story

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  • Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis
    Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later.

  • WHO issues new guidance on Ebola protective gear
    WHO issues new guidance on Ebola protective gear

    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. health agency is updating its guidelines for health workers dealing with the deadly Ebola virus, recommending tougher measures such as doubling up on gloves and making sure the mouth, nose and eyes are better protected from contaminated droplets and fluids.

  • Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same
    Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends.

  • A look at Ebola guidelines in some states

    States have broad authority to quarantine people to prevent the spread of disease, and several are exercising that right to go beyond the safety recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for containing the deadly Ebola virus.

  • APNewsBreak: Medicare bought meds for dead people
    APNewsBreak: Medicare bought meds for dead people

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead.

  • Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola
    Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola

    FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while state officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation's most closely watched clash between personal fredom and fear of Ebola.

  • Lawsuit: Surgical gowns let diseases pass through

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases.

  • Efforts to compromise with Maine nurse stall
    Efforts to compromise with Maine nurse stall

    FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Insisting she is perfectly healthy, nurse Kaci Hickox again defied the state's Ebola quarantine Thursday by taking a bike ride with her boyfriend, and Maine health authorities struggled to reach a compromise that would limit her contact with others.

  • Ebola fears infect Louisiana medical conference

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ebola fears have infected a medical conference on the subject. Louisiana state health officials told thousands of doctors planning to attend a tropical diseases meeting this weekend in New Orleans to stay away if they have been to certain African countries or have had contact wit an Ebola patient in the last 21 days.

  • Ebola case highlights work of NYC disease sleuths
    Ebola case highlights work of NYC disease sleuths

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's disease detectives were off and running the moment the call came in from a doctor who suspected he had Ebola.

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