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The Galveston County Daily News : Health

October 30, 2014

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Nurse defies state's forced quarantine, goes for bike ride with her boyfriend in Maine

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Nurse defies state's forced quarantine, goes for bike ride with her boyfriend in Maine.

  • icon Posted: October 30

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Thursday 10/30/2014
UN chief criticizes female genital mutilation
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 9:04 am

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is lauding the British newspaper The Guardian for its work to raise awareness about female genital mutilation.

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Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 8:00 am

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while Sierra Leone is "in a crisis situation which is going to get worse," the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.

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Showdown imminent over nurse's quarantine in Maine
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 5:00 am

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — State police plan to monitor the movements and interactions of a nurse who vowed to defy the state's quarantine for health care workers who treat Ebola patients, but troopers cannot take her into custody without a judge's permission.

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Quarantines rarely used, effectiveness questioned
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 4:02 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Spanish flu pandemic a century ago prompted the last large-scale quarantines in this country. Now the Ebola outbreak is raising new questions about whether ordering quarantines is an effective way to fight deadly disease in the U.S.

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Wisconsin studies music and memory program
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 4:02 am

UNION GROVE, Wis. (AP) — Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Quarantined Ebola nurse goes outside; police watch
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 1:01 am

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa vowed on Wednesday to end her voluntary quarantine, even going so far as to step out of her home and shake a reporter's hand, signaling a showdown with state police monitoring her and state officials seeking to legally enforce her confinement.

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Pentagon orders 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 11:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ordering firm restrictions for U.S. troops returning from West Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the military men and women helping fight Ebola must undergo 21-day quarantines — longer than required for many civilian health care workers.

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Obama on Ebola fight: US can't seal itself off
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 11:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their return from the afflicted region. "We can't hermetically seal ourselves off," he declared.

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