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Cuba sends 91 more doctors to fight Ebola

  HAVANA (AP) — Every few years Dr. Leonardo Fernandez flies to a nation shaken by natural disaster, political turmoil or disease, leaving his hospital in eastern Cuba for countries that have included Pakistan, Nicaragua and East Timor. On Tuesday, the intensive care specialist was headed to the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic along with [...]

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Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

  FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — After emerging months ago in eastern Sierra Leone, Ebola is now hitting the western edges of the country where the capital is located with dozens of people falling sick each day, the government said Tuesday. So many people are dying that removing bodies is reportedly a problem. Forty-nine confirmed [...]

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Spain places husband of Ebola nurse in quarantine

  MADRID (AP) — Spain has placed in quarantine the husband of a Spanish nurse who has tested positive for the Ebola virus in the first known transmission outside West Africa. Public Health Director Mercedes Vinuesa told Parliament on Tuesday that authorities were drawing up a list of other people who may have had contact [...]

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US military to put up tent at Liberia Ebola clinic

  MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Poor infrastructure, difficulties with equipment and torrential rains have slowed work for the U.S. military’s initial response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but it is now ready to start erecting the main tent for a field hospital in Liberia. Lt. Col. Jason Brown, who was at the [...]

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Spain: Ebola test drug out of supply worldwide

  MADRID (AP) — Doctors treating a Spanish priest who was repatriated from West Africa on Monday after being diagnosed with the Ebola virus said there were no samples of experimental drug ZMapp available in the world right now, and they were considering alternative treatments. The priest, Manuel Garcia Viejo, 69, was in serious condition [...]

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Guinea: 8 people killed on Ebola awareness trip

  CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea’s government says eight people who were abducted by angry residents while on an Ebola awareness campaign have been found dead. In a government statement released Friday, authorities said that eight bodies had been found following the violent kidnappings in Womey in rural southern Guinea. Among the dead are several [...]

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With surge in Liberia, Ebola case toll above 4,200

  DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A surge in Ebola infections in Liberia is driving a spiraling outbreak in West Africa that is increasingly putting health workers at risk as they struggle to treat an overwhelming number of patients. A higher proportion of health workers has been infected in this outbreak than in any previous one. [...]

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Harvard’s health school to get record $350M gift

  BOSTON (AP) — A $350 million gift pledged to Harvard University’s School of Public Health is the largest single donation in the university’s long history, officials said, and will help bolster research in several key areas including global pandemics. The donation, to be formally announced Monday, comes from a philanthropic foundation established by the [...]

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UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

  GENEVA (AP) — Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes — banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors — until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. In a bid to set public policy, the World Health Organization said the popular nicotine-vapor [...]

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Shades of Pigpen: We travel with our own germs

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it’s covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you’ll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint to the doorknobs, countertops and floors in your new house, too. In fact, researchers who [...]

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