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US cautiously optimistic after no new Ebola in 5 days WASHINGTON: With no new Ebola cases in five days, US authorities were cautious but hopeful Monday that the virus has been contained in the United States after a flawed response revealed shortcomings in the system.The fiancee of a Liberian man who died of Ebola earlier this month in Dallas, Texas was among nearly 50 people who emerged from three weeks of quarantine without any signs of illness from exposure to the virus that has killed more than 4,500 in West Africa since the beginning of this year.About 100 more people, most of them health care workers, are being tracked in Texas after coming in contact with the first patient diagnosed in the United States in late September.Still, officials said it was reassuring that no new infections had emerged in recent days."We are breathing a little bit easier, but we are still holding our breath," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.Those who ...

Mexico catches gang's 'maximum leader' in missing students case ACAPULCO: Mexican authorities announced Friday the arrest of the "maximum leader" of a drug gang accused of colluding with crooked police in the disappearance of 43 college students.Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said the arrest of Guerreros Unidos kingpin Sidronio Casarrubias would open a "new line of investigation that can quickly and more easily get us closer to the truth" in the case.The announcement came hours after thousands of protesters marched in Acapulco to demand ...
US policeman who shot dead teen 'feared for his life' NEW YORK: The police officer who shot dead Michael Brown in the US town of Ferguson says he was pinned in his vehicle and struggling over his gun with the black teenager, a news report said Friday.Brown's death two months ago sparked ongoing protests, some violent, in the town near St. Louis and shone a spotlight on police tactics in the United States and relations between US law enforcement and African Americans.The white policeman, Darren ...
Hospital worker suspected of contact with Ebola patient is on cruise WASHINGTON: A health care worker who may have come in contact with fluids from an Ebola patient who died in Texas is now on vacation on a cruise ship, the US State Department said.The person is not showing symptoms of the disease and is voluntarily remaining in their cabin, it said."It has been 19 days since the passenger may have processed the since deceased patient's fluid samples," the department said in a statement.But the State ...
Obama authorizes reservists for Ebola fight in W.Africa WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Thursday authorized the Pentagon to send reservists to take part in a US mission to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.Obama said reservists could be called up to active duty for humanitarian aid operations "related to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa," according to an executive order released by the White House.The US military has said it plans a force of 3,200 troops in Liberia and Senegal ...
Top US lawmakers urge W.Africa travel ban WASHINGTON: Senior US lawmakers overseeing homeland security on Wednesday joined calls for authorities to impose a temporary ban on travel from West Africa, in order to prevent an Ebola outbreak.Two American health-care workers at a Dallas, Texas hospital have been diagnosed with Ebola after caring for a Liberian man who died of the disease last week, and President Barack Obama's administration has shifted into overdrive in efforts to contain the disease's spread."A temporary ban on ...
World vows Ebola action as second US case stirs fears WASHINGTON: World leaders declared the Ebola outbreak the worst global health emergency in years, as President Barack Obama vowed a "much more aggressive" response to the spreading virus, which has killed nearly 4,500 people.US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on the world to do more, while insisting his own country would be "much more aggressive" in its response, after a second Texas hospital worker tested positive.The fact that the newly infected Dallas caregiver took ...


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