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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.

American doctor infected with Ebola in Liberia

A missionary health worker has become the third American to be infected with Ebola while working in Liberia, the Christian organisation SIM USA has said.

Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, had been delivering babies and working with patients who were not known to have the deadly virus.

Sacra is receiving care within the missionary's isolated Ebola unit in Monrovia, the president of SIM USA said.


Bodies of 'Ebola dead lay on the street for four days'

The bodies of two men lay in the streets of Monrovia for four days after they died of suspected Ebola, residents told Reuters news agency.

Both men had shown signs of having Ebola but frightened locals had refused to take them to hospital.

Information Minister Lewis Brown confirmed that the bodies had now been collected from the Liberian capital, but said they had only been on the streets for a few hours.


Cameron co-chairs UN poverty meeting

The Prime Minister wants to protect the international development budget in a time of austerity at home.

David Cameron has co-chaired a United Nations meeting in Liberia's capital Monrovia, to discuss what targets to bring in after the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

At the meeting's closing press conference, he defended his commitment to spend 0.7% of the UK's GDP on overseas aid.

"I am proud of the fact that Britain has kept its promises", Cameron said. "We will achieve 0.7% of our gross national income in aid as promised. And I am proud to be the PM who has helped deliver that."

PM: UK children 'want to be popstars or footballers'

David Cameron praised the career ambitions of a group of schoolchildren in Liberia, joking that "if you asked people in England, they'd all say they want to be popstars or footballers."

He is in Liberia to co-chair a United Nations meeting on international development targets, and visited the Anna F Whisnant Elementary School, alongside the country's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

There, pupils told him they wanted to be doctors and lawyers.

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