Here is a look at some of the most recent Ebola developments around the world:
Officials: Woman at Pentagon doesn’t have Ebola
Virginia public health authorities say the woman who became ill in the Pentagon parking lot, setting off an Ebola scare, does not have the virus.
Officials at Arlington and Fairfax counties’ public health departments say they are confident she does not have Ebola, based on her travel history and questioning by medical officials. They say she was put in isolation at Inova Fairfax Hospital, and that medical personnel took all needed precautions.
Pentagon police shut down a building entrance and a portion of the south parking lot Friday when the woman boarded a shuttle bus, then got off and vomited. Officials say she told them she had recently been in West Africa. Officials temporarily sequestered people on the bus and personnel who went to her aid.
UN: Ebola outbreak over in Senegal
The U.N. health agency officially declared an end Friday to the Ebola outbreak in Senegal, a rare bit of good news amid the public outcry and fear over the deadly disease that remains out of control in three West African countries.
Cases are still spreading in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, with more than 4,500 deaths.
A case of Ebola in Senegal was confirmed on Aug. 29 in a young man who had travelled by road to Dakar from Guinea, where he had direct contact with an Ebola patient. By September 5, laboratory samples from the patient tested negative, indicating that he had recovered from Ebola. He was able to return to Guinea on Sept. 18.
The declaration from WHO came because Senegal made it past the 42-day mark, which is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola, without detecting more such cases.
1st Dallas nurse with Ebola in fair condition
The first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital has been sitting up and eating and has her iPad after being moved to a specialized isolation unit near Washington, officials said Friday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday that Nina Pham’s condition is stable and she is resting comfortably at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He said she is “in good spirits.”
Pham, 26, arrived shortly before midnight Thursday and was admitted to the clinical studies unit. Doctors said her mother and sister also were in the Washington area.
Pham is being treated by staff specializing in infectious disease and critical care. The hospital has one of four such specialized isolation units in the country designed to handle highly infectious cases.
2nd Dallas nurse said she ‘felt funny’ in Ohio
A CDC official says a Texas nurse who has Ebola indicated she “felt funny” and spent extra time resting during a visit to Ohio in the days before she was diagnosed in Dallas.
Dr. Chris Braden says the woman didn’t have typical symptoms of Ebola when she flew to Cleveland on Oct. 10 or when she visited family in Akron last weekend. But he says health officials can’t rule out the possibility that her illness began last Saturday, or possibly earlier.
Officials say they’re monitoring the health of 16 people in northeast Ohio who had contact with 29-year-old Amber Vinson.
She had treated the Liberian man in Dallas who died of Ebola. The timing of her symptoms is important because people infected with Ebola aren’t considered contagious until they have symptoms.
Ohio gets more protective gear
Ohio health officials are increasing the state’s supply of personal protective equipment for health care providers in case that gear is needed for a suspected or confirmed case of Ebola. The state says new shipments are arriving daily, and the Department of Health is requesting approval from a legislative panel to spend $300,000 for more equipment. It also wants permission for up to $500,000 to dispose contaminated linens and other items if a case occurs.
The department says its existing equipment includes more than 105,000 gloves, 100,000 face masks, 29,000 respirators and 7,000 gowns. Hospitals have their own supplies, too.
Ohio bridesmaids of nurse with Ebola quarantined
Health officials say five bridesmaids of a Texas nurse with Ebola are among at least nine people voluntarily quarantined in northeast Ohio.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports Summit County Health Commissioner Gene Nixon identified the others as a bridesmaid’s husband and three children of bridesmaids who didn’t have direct contact with 29-year-old Amber Vinson. Nixon said the bridesmaids and Vinson were at an Akron bridal shop last Saturday.
He says the quarantined people haven’t shown symptoms. Health officials haven’t ruled out the possibility that Vinson’s illness began last Friday or Saturday.
Patrons who visited Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal in Akron last Saturday afternoon have been asked to call Summit County Public Health.
Chimerix gets FDA OK to test drug for Ebola
A North Carolina drugmaker plans to test its experimental antiviral drug in patients who have Ebola, after getting authorization from regulators at the Food and Drug Administration.
Chimerix Inc. said Thursday that it has received FDA clearance to proceed with a trial examining the safety and effectiveness of its brincidofovir tablets in patients who have the virus. The company said in a statement that the drug is available for immediate use in testing.
With FDA’s permission, the Durham, North Carolina, drugmaker previously made the drug available to the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S., who died in Dallas last week. The FDA does not publicly confirm when it has granted companies permission to begin testing. The agency has not approved any drugs or vaccines to treat Ebola.
3 Pennsylvanians being monitored
Gov. Tom Corbett says three Pennsylvanians who were on a flight from Cleveland to Dallas with a nurse who tested positive for Ebola are being monitored in Texas and haven’t been back home since the Monday trip. Corbett said Friday that the three people aren’t showing symptoms of Ebola and aren’t being quarantined.
He says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interviewed them and they are free to return to Pennsylvania. The state’s isn’t disclosing personal information about them.
Ribble urges Boehner to schedule session on Ebola
Wisconsin 8th Congressional District Rep. Reed Ribble is urging House Speaker John Boehner to schedule a special session on the Ebola virus threat.
In a letter to the Speaker Boehner, the Republican congressman said a ban on commercial travel from the affected countries in Africa should also be considered.
Ribble says the U.S. “should also authorize and fund increased military or government-provided transportation to ensure workers, equipment and resources can reach the afflicted nations and regions while the commercial travel ban is in place.”
Texas Gov. Perry calls for travel ban due to Ebola
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has joined calls for an air travel ban from countries hit the hardest by Ebola.
Perry said Friday that air travel is how Ebola crosses borders and that’s how it arrived in Texas, so an air travel ban is the right policy.
A Texas hospital had the first person diagnosed with the virus in the U.S., after Thomas Eric Duncan traveled from Liberia. He died last week, and two nurses involved in his care have become infected.
Perry also says he’s asked President Barack Obama to have Ebola cases fast-tracked to facilities better able to deal with the disease.
Congressional Republicans are urging the Obama administration to impose a travel ban on West African countries at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.
US Sen. Paul: Ebola “incredibly” contagious
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told a group of college students Wednesday the deadly virus Ebola can spread from a person who has the disease to someone standing three feet away and said the White House should be honest about that.
His comments directly conflict with statements from world health authorities who have dealt with Ebola outbreaks since 1976.
Paul, a doctor and potential GOP presidential contender, made his comments during a stop at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire Wednesday. In his remarks, he called Ebola “incredibly contagious” and suggested it could spread at a cocktail party attended by someone who is symptomatic, according to CNN video footage.
Paul has made similar comments in the wake of three Ebola diagnoses within the United States, suggesting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes the transmission of Ebola sound similar to that of AIDS. Ebola, he says, is easier to contract.
“You’re not going to get AIDS at a cocktail party. No one’s going to cough on you and you’re going to get AIDS. Everybody knows that. That’s what they make it sound exactly like,” Paul, a doctor and potential presidential contender, said Thursday at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. “But then you listen to them closely, they say you have to have direct contact. But you know how they define direct contact? Being within three feet of someone.”
World health authorities have been clear that Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids, and that blood, vomit and feces carry the most virus. Health workers are at particular risk because in the course of caring for patients, they draw blood and clean up diarrhea when the patients are most infectious. Likewise in the epidemic zone in West Africa, people involved with burials of highly infectious bodies are at high risk.
“Should you be worried you might have gotten it by sitting next to someone?” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said Wednesday. “The answer to that is no.”
US monitors health care worker aboard cruise ship
Obama administration officials said a Dallas health care worker who handled a lab specimen from an Ebola-infected man from Liberia who died of the disease is on a Caribbean cruise ship where she has self-quarantined and is being monitored for any signs of infection.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Friday that the woman had shown no signs of the disease and has been asymptomatic for 19 days.
The government is working to return the woman and her husband to the U.S. before the ship completes its cruise. The White House said the State Department was working to secure their transportation home.
A White House official who was not authorized to be named and requested anonymity said the cruise ship had stopped in Belize but officials there would not allow the passenger to leave the vessel.
Psaki said that when the woman left the U.S. on the cruise ship from Galveston, Texas, on Oct. 12 health officials were requiring only self-monitoring. An administration official said it’s believed the woman poses no risk but health-care authorities want to get her off the cruise ship and back to the United States out of an abundance of caution.
2 suspected Ebola cases in Spain test negative
Two of four people suspected of having Ebola and admitted to hospitals in Spain have tested negative in a first round of tests, officials said Friday.
The government’s Ebola monitoring committee said on its official Twitter account that the two were a person who arrived on an Air France jet that was isolated at Madrid’s airport Thursday and a person who traveled in the same ambulance used to hospitalize infected Spanish nursing assistant Teresa Romero on Oct. 6. Both had developed fevers. They will be tested a second time within 72 hours.
Two others, a missionary who came down with a fever after returning from Liberia and a Red Cross health worker who recently worked with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, were also to be tested. Health Ministry spokesman Fernando Simon said Romero’s infection was almost under control and there was increasingly less reason to be worried.
Paris taps an Ebola czar
France’s government announced Friday it is strengthening its anti-Ebola efforts even though no cases have been detected in the country.
The prime minister appointed a prominent doctor, Jean-Francois Delfraissy, as Ebola “czar” to coordinate France’s international and national responses to the crisis.
UN: Ebola death toll rising to 4,500 this week
The death toll from Ebola will rise this week to more than 4,500 people from the 9,000 infected and the outbreak is still out of control in three West African nations, a top official with the U.N. health agency said Thursday.
Dr. Isabelle Nuttall, director of the World Health Organization’s global capacities, alert and response, said new numbers show the outbreak is still hitting health workers hard despite precautions – with 427 medical workers infected and 236 dead – mainly because Ebola victims are most contagious around the time they die.
Nuttall said the focus of the world’s efforts should remain on the countries where the outbreak has been spreading out of control: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. “Our data shows that cases are doubling every four weeks,” she said at a news conference in Geneva.
Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad impose Ebola travel bans
Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday became the latest countries in the Western Hemisphere to restrict travelers from West African nations struggling with an epidemic of the Ebola virus. The announcements came a day after Colombia and St. Lucia ordered similar prohibitions.
Authorities in Jamaica imposed an immediate entry ban on anyone who has been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within four weeks.
The ban was announced shortly after a U.S. couple was quarantined at Sangster International Airport in the northern tourist town of Montego Bay. Airport screeners found one of the Americans had been in Liberia two weeks ago. Officials said the couple was kept in quarantine, found to be healthy, and then sent back to an unspecified city in the U.S.
Trinidad & Tobago said it would deny entry any resident of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo or Sierra Leone. Other travelers who have visited any of those nations within six weeks will be quarantined for 21 days upon their arrival.
UN: Funds for Ebola fight well short of goal
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that a trust fund he launched to raise $1 billion to provide fast and flexible funding for the fight against Ebola has only $100,000 in the bank.
Ban appealed urgently to the international community to provide the money which he said will enable the United Nations “to get ahead of the curve and meet our target of reducing the rate of transmission by Dec. 1.” The secretary-general said the U.N. fund has received about $20 million, but almost all of it has been spent.
With files from the Associated Press