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Flight Departs for North Korea Despite Ebola Tour Ban

A commercial flight took off from Beijing for North Korea on Friday, despite travel agencies saying they had been told the isolated state would close its borders to foreign tourists over Ebola fears.

The Air China flight departed Beijing Capital International Airport Friday afternoon with 32 passengers on board, according to the airline's duty manager.

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Australian Doctors Transplant 'Dead' Hearts in Surgical Breakthrough

Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in a world first they said could change the way organs are donated.

Until now, doctors have relied on using the still-beating hearts of donors who have been declared brain dead, often placing the recovered organs on ice and rushing them to their recipients.

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New York Confirms First Ebola Case

A doctor who recently returned to New York from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive on Thursday for the deadly virus, the first confirmed case in the city, officials said.

The 33-year-old -- identified by U.S. media as Craig Spencer -- has been placed in isolation, in what is the fourth case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States and the first outside Texas.

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Abu Faour Says Tests Confirmed RHUH Patient Does Not Have Ebola

Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said Thursday that a patient underwent medical tests in an isolation room at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut to determine whether he was infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

Abu Faour confirmed after the tests were done that the patient "is not infected with Ebola and will be leaving the hospital.”

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Abou Faour: Contracts with Second Category Hospitals Suspended

Health Minister Wael Abu Faour stated on Thursday that since the year 2008 billions of Lebanese pounds have been squandered in second category hospitals and benefited by those not eligible to benefit from, the state-run National News Agency reported.

About Faour added that contracts with all second category health institutions have been suspended until the results of the investigations in that case are done.

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Ebola Sleuths Scour DR Congo Jungle for Source of Outbreak

Medical sleuths are deep in the jungle of the DR Congo trying to track down the origins of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country.

It is a different strain than the one that has swept three west African countries this year, killing nearly 4,900, and its toll of 49 so far is extremely modest in comparison.

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Dubai Cuts Profile as Mideast Plastic Surgery Hub

Dubai, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East's plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years.

Where cosmopolitan Beirut was once the region's best known city for going under the knife, turmoil in Syria and violence often spilling into Lebanon is driving away wealthy Arab tourists. After splashing out on medical infrastructure over the past years, Dubai already ranks globally and aims to move up the list of top international destinations for medical tourism.

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Extra Powers to Tackle Deadly Bat Virus in Australia

An Australian state is set to unveil tougher measures to tackle bats after three flying foxes were found to be carrying the deadly lyssavirus, officials said Thursday.

The New South Wales government fears transmission of the potentially fatal Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) to humans and the state's health department has issued a warning to residents not to approach the bats.

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Rwanda Ends Ebola Checks on Travellers from U.S., Spain

Rwanda lifted Thursday Ebola travel restrictions on travelers who had been in the United States and Spain after the president publicly told the health minister it was not necessary.

Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho had this week ordered all travelers who had been in the United States and Spain within the past three weeks to send updates to her ministry each day they are in Rwanda.

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Rwanda Imposes Ebola Checks on U.S. and Spanish Travelers

Rwanda has boosted travel restrictions to stem the spread of the Ebola virus, ordering travelers who have been in the United States and Spain to send daily updates, the health minister said Wednesday.

"Every day... they should call us or send an internet message," stating their health condition, Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho told Agence France Presse.

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