Ebola outbreak: Your quick update
Here are the latest developments in the Ebola outbreak that is currently raging throughout West Africa.
IN WEST AFRICA
Ebola is spreading up to nine times faster in parts of Sierra Leone than it was two months ago, according to a new report. The report, released by the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) on Sunday, said that on average, 12 new cases a day were seen in the rural areas surrounding Freetown in late October, nine times more than the 1.3 cases seen in early September. Transmission was also increasing rapidly in Freetown, with the average number of daily cases six times higher than two months ago.
"Whilst new cases appear to have slowed in Liberia, Ebola is continuing to spread frighteningly quickly in parts of Sierra Leone," the report.
IN THE US
Nurse reunited with her pet
Dallas nurse, Nina Pham, was reunited on Saturday with her beloved King Charles spaniel, Bentley. The pet had been sent into quarantine when Pham contracted Ebola after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed in the United States.
New York doctor's condition upgraded
Dr. Craig Spencer, a physician who's being treated for Ebola at a New York City hospital, has been upgraded from "serious but stable" to "stable." Spencer, 33, tested positive for Ebola on October 23, days after returning home from Guinea, where he helped treat Ebola patients with Doctors Without Borders.
IN OTHER COUNTRIES
France admits Ebola patient
France is treating an Ebola patient who contracted the virus while working for the United Nations in Sierra Leone, the French health ministry said Sunday. The patient is now in high-security isolation at an army teaching hospital in Saint-Mande near Paris.
Patient in Spain moved out of isolation
Teresa Romero Ramos, the Spanish nurse's aide who contracted Ebola while caring for a patient with the deadly disease, has been moved out of isolation at Madrid's Hospital Carlos III. Authorities announced on October 19 that tests showed that Romero no longer had Ebola.
She remained in the hospital as her medical team conducted further tests for traces of the Ebola virus in any of her bodily fluids. Doctors have said Romero can go home once she's as healthy as she was before she got Ebola.
Canada suspends visa applications
Canada will stop processing visa applications from foreign nationals who have visited the three most affected countries. The action is similar to one taken by Australia several days ago.
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