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Ebola virus has infected
two people in what was the
last untouched district in
Sierra Leone, the govern-
ment said yesterday, a set-
back in efforts to turn back
the disease in one of the
The Emergency Opera-
tions Center in its report
covering Wednesday noted
two Ebola cases in the
Koinadugu district, in
Sierra Leone s far north,
which since the outbreak
early this year has re-
Residents of the district
had practised strict safety
precautions and limited
contact with the rest of the
country where the disease
According to the World
Health Organization, there
have been 425 new cases in
the whole country just last
and countries are trying to
boost the capacity of the
countries to fight the dis-
ease where overstretched
health care systems and
minimal sanitation have
allowed transmission to
rage almost unchecked.
St Lucia, Colombia
institute travel bans
St Lucia Prime Minister Kenny Anthony issued an
order Wednesday to immediately bar entry to
travellers coming from three West African nations
overwhelmed with Ebola epidemics.
The Colombian government in South America
later announced it would not allow in anyone who
has traveled to five African nations within the
preceding four weeks.
Anthony said all visitors from Guinea, Liberia and
Sierra Leone were prohibited from entering his
country until the Ebola outbreak is brought under
control, saying the ban will minimise chances for
the deadly disease to be introduced by an infected
traveller. St Lucia is a poor, small nation that does
not have the capacity "to manage any crisis that
lands on our doorstep, any crisis of that kind,"
Anthony said. He said an outbreak of the virus
would be devastating for the country of 200,000
people, where tourism accounts for more than 60
per cent of gross domestic product.
Dallas nurse to have
contracted Ebola after
treating an infected
Liberian man is
scheduled to be moved
to a specialised medical
facility in Maryland.
Dallas County Judge
Clay Jenkins says 26-
year-old Nina Pham was
taken yesterday from
Presbyterian Hospital in
Dallas to the National
Institutes of Health in
The NIH facility has
one of four
biocontainment units in
the United States.
Texas Health officials
said Wednesday that
Pham was in good
condition and it wasn't
immediately clear why
she's being moved.
A second nurse who
tested positive, 29-year-
old Amber Joy Vinson,
has been transferred to
a biohazard infectious
disease centre at Emory
University Hospital in
Pham and Vinson
were involved in
providing care to
Thomas Duncan, who
died of Ebola last week.
Texas nurse 'can no longer defend'
hospital after Ebola handling
A nurse who worked at the Texas hospital where
two nurses caught Ebola says she "can no longer
defend (her) hospital at all" following its handling of
multiple Ebola patients.
In a Today show interview Briana Aguirre said
that while Texas Health Presbyterian in general is "a
premier facility," it was unprepared to handle the
Ebola crisis. Aguirre claims that the hospital didn't
provide any mandatory education or information
about Ebola outside of an optional seminar before
Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died from the
disease, arrived at the hospital for care. Dr Daniel
Varga of Texas Health Resources, the medical group
that oversees the hospital, apologised yesterday for
mistakes made in the handling of Ebola and
Aguirre felt the protective gear she was initially
instructed to wear was insufficient and put her at
risk because of a gap in coverage around her neck.
She also alleges that the hospital has for months
lacked the necessary personnel to keep with staff
education, policies and procedures.
"I watched them violate basic principles of
nursing," Aguirre said. (Time)
HAMILTON---People on the tiny British
territory of Bermuda rushed yesterday
to batten down for Hurricane Gonzalo,
which was roaring toward them as a
major Category 4 storm just days after
a tropical storm damaged homes and
knocked down trees and power lines.
Gonzalo had top sustained winds of 145
mph yesterday and was centred about 485
miles south-southwest of Bermuda. It was
moving north at 7 mph and had increased
slightly in strength late yesterday morning,
according to the US National Hurricane
Center in Miami.
Forecasters said the centre of Gonzalo
will be near Bermuda this afternoon and
Tropical storm conditions were expected
"This is a very serious event," Dave Fox,
a public affairs officer for the Bermuda
government, said in a phone interview. "I
don t recall seeing one of that size, not in
The last major hurricane to strike
Bermuda was Fabian in 2003, a Category
3 storm that killed four people.
The last major hurricane to cross land
in the Atlantic Basin was Hurricane Sandy
in 2012, a Category 3 storm that hit Cuba.
Fox said the government opened a high
school as a shelter, but that he expected
most people to stay home.
"We build for hurricanes," he said. "It s
part of the building code."
Bermuda, which is 850 miles east of the
US state of South Carolina, has one of the
highest per-capita incomes in the world.
Kimberley Zuill, director of Bermuda
Weather Service, said at a press conference
that the storm is expected to affect the
island for 27 hours.
A hurricane warning was in effect for
Bermuda, and forecasters said a dangerous
storm surge accompanied by large and
destructive waves could cause significant
flooding on the island, which is about one-
third the size of Washington, DC. (AP)
Spain tests 3 with fever, isolates jet
MADRID---Three people with fever considered at
risk for having Ebola were being tested yesterday in
Spain for the virus, including one who arrived on an
Air France jet that was isolated at Madrid's airport
as a precaution, officials said.
Other passengers were allowed to disembark, but
the man with fever and shivers, who had travelled
from Lagos, Nigeria, was taken by ambulance with a
driver wearing full protective gear to Madrid's
Carlos III hospital.
Another person with a fever who came into
contact with infected Spanish nursing assistant
Teresa Romero before she was hospitalised on
October 6 was also sent to the same hospital for
testing, the Health Ministry said.
And a missionary was being transported to the
hospital for testing because he came down with a
fever after returning to Spain from Liberia, which
has been hit hard in the current Ebola outbreak,
Spain's government said in a statement. (AP)
Ebola comes to last safe district in Sierra Leone
Police keep watch on a home yesterday in Tallmadge, Ohio where Amber Joy Vinson stayed over the weekend before flying home
to Dallas. At least seven people in northeast Ohio are under voluntary quarantine and being monitored because they had contact
with Vinson, a Texas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola shortly after visiting the area last weekend, health officials said
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Bermuda battens down
...Hurricane Gonzalo to hit today
Nurse Pham moving to Maryland
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