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  • Rational altruism against Ebola

    It may seem surprising that there has been a deluge of international press coverage of the recent outbreak of Ebolavirus: In fact, this disease where it does occur, unlike many others, starting with cholera, causes many fewer deaths. Its media impact, though, is justified on the basis of its appalling aspect, by the absence of vaccines or drugs...

  • WHO's emergency committee on Ebola to meet Wednesday

    A man walks near a screen displaying a message on Ebola outside the local headquarters of WHO in AbidjanGENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization's emergency committee on Ebola will meet on Wednesday to review the scope of the outbreak and whether additional measures are needed, a WHO spokeswoman said on Tuesday. "This is the third time this committee will meet since August to evaluate the situation. Much has happened, there have been cases in Spain and the United States, while Senegal and Nigeria have been removed from the list of countries affected by Ebola," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a news briefing. ...


  • GAO takes on Medicare Advantage spending

    GAO will investigate program spending

  • CDC releases revised Ebola gear guidelines

    FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Registered nurse Keene Roadman, stands fully dressed in personal protective equipment during a training class at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines Monday, Oct. 20, for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Federal officials are going on the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients.


  • Ebola: Providing time to fight the virus

    FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2014, file photo, Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta. People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies.


  • Ebola fear factor subsides in U.S. financial markets

    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)By Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors should expect more calm to return to U.S. equity markets after some of the most volatile trading since 2012 as the 21-day incubation period for Ebola passes for many in Texas without new infections. The market's big losses last week were largely attributed to concerns over global growth and plummeting oil prices. But fears that Ebola could spread in the United States after three people in Dallas were diagnosed with the hemorrhagic fever added more than a little froth to the market's recent convulsions. ...


  • World must stop Ebola in West Africa or face 'pandemic' - Cuba's Castro

    Cuba's President Castro attends the opening ceremony of the ALBA-TCP Extraordinary Ebola summit in HavanaBy Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - The world must confront Ebola in West Africa to prevent what could become one of the worst pandemics in human history, Cuban President Raul Castro said on Monday. "I am convinced that if this threat is not stopped in West Africa with an immediate international response ... it could become one of the gravest pandemics in human history," Castro told a summit of the leftist ALBA bloc of Latin American and Caribbean countries in Havana. ...


  • South Sudan sexual violence "rampant," 2-year-old raped -UN

    A woman displaced by the fighting in Bor county sits by her mosquito net in the early morning in MinkamanBy Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rape and other forms of sexual violence by all sides in South Sudan's civil war have become so widespread that a 2-year-old child was among the victims, the U.N. special representative on sexual violence in armed conflict said on Monday. "In my 30 years of experience, I've never witnessed anything like what I saw in Bentiu," Zainab Hawa Bangura told reporters about a recent trip to the northern town, one of South Sudan's regions worst hit by the conflict. "The IDPs (internally displaced persons) seeking refuge there face a combination of ... ...


  • California mayor resigns after drunk driving arrest

    (Reuters) - A southern California mayor who was arrested last week on suspicion of drunken driving in an accident that injured four teenagers announced his resignation on Monday. Murrieta Mayor Alan Long, who gained national attention in the summer when he led a local backlash against a plan to process illegal Central American immigrants in the town, said he stepped down both as Mayor and as a city council member. "I do not believe under the circumstances it is appropriate for me to remain in these positions," Long said in a statement sent by his attorney Virginia Blumenthal. ...

  • U.S. Republicans look to gain election ground on Ebola

    By Nick Carey CHICAGO (Reuters) - Ebola has moved to the front of campaign issues before U.S. November elections, as fear and criticism of the government's response to cases of the virus in the United States opened a new line of Republican attacks against President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats. Republican Senate candidates have bashed Obama's handling of Ebola, linking it to border security and calling for a travel ban from West African countries hardest hit by the virus. ...