First confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in US

The United States is discussing the possible use of experimental drugs or blood plasma from a recovered Ebola patient as a potential treatment for a patient in Texas diagnosed with with the disease.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it was the first confirmed case to be diagnosed in the United States.

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of a total 6,574 cases, the World Health Organisation has said.

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US Ebola patient flew to Texas from Liberia

A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said.

The patient is being treated in an isolation room at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Credit: Reuters

The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on September 20th, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters.

He was admitted two days later to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

On Tuesday, Frieden and other health authorities said they were taking every step possible to ensure the virus did not spread widely.

US considering experimental treatment for Texas Ebola case

The current outbreak of the Ebola virus has claimed over 3,000 lives in West Africa. Credit: DPA

The United States is discussing the possible use of experimental drugs or blood plasma from a recovered Ebola patient as a potential treatment for a patient in Texas diagnosed with Ebola, a health official said.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it was the first confirmed case to be diagnosed in the United States.

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First case of Ebola diagnosed in the US

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the US.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement yesterday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in "strict isolation" due to the patient's symptoms and recent travel history.

Sierra Leone quarantines 'two million' in Ebola fight

A pregnant woman suspected of contracting Ebola is lifted by stretcher into an ambulance in Freetown, Sierra Leone Credit: Reuters

West African nation Sierra Leone has taken drastic steps in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, by putting almost two million people into quarantine.

The Associated Press reports that With three new districts under quarantine, about one-third of Sierra Leone's six million people are now living in areas where their movements are heavily restricted.

In parts of Sierra Leone and in neighboring Liberia where these cordons have been used in this outbreak, food prices have soared, some markets have shut and the delivery of goods has slowed.

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WHO: 2,917 Ebola sufferers in West Africa have died

Nearly half of the 6,263 Ebola cases in five West African countries affected by the disease have died, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

A man stands at the gate of an Ebola virus treatment center in Monrovia. Credit: REUTERS/James Giahyue

They said 2,917 people have died, adding that more help was needed to treat the disease.

In Liberia they said they needed offers of 1,550 bed spaces, adding that reports from the Fassankoni area of Guinea that locals had set up roadblocks to intercept Ebola response teams trying to enter the area.

Ebola outbreak could infect '1.4 million' by January

A volunteer health worker at an Ebola treatment clinic in Liberia. Credit: Reuters

The worst Ebola outbreak on record is now projected to infect up to 1.4 million by January 2015, according to scientists and studying the deadly virus.

Studies by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have calculated that the outbreak could infect as many as 20,000 people in West Africa by November, with this figure increasing up to 1.4 million by early next year without international efforts to contain its spread.

The projected figure for those infected by January 2015 includes cases 'under-reported' or not logged by medics in West Africa, given the remote rural locations of many victims.

NHS staff volunteer to help tackle Ebola virus outbreak

More than 160 NHS staff have responded to calls for help to tackle the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

The virus has killed more than 2,800 people and infected around twice as many in the country so far.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, called on NHS staff to offer their services to help tackle the virus last week.

The Department of Health said 164 NHS staff had volunteered their help so far.

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