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U.S Cautiously Optimistic after No New Ebola in 5 Days

With no new Ebola cases in five days, U.S. authorities were cautious but hopeful Monday that the virus has been contained in the United States after a flawed response revealed shortcomings in the system.

The fiancee of a Liberian man who died of Ebola earlier this month in Dallas, Texas was among nearly 50 people who emerged from three weeks of quarantine without any signs of illness from exposure to the virus that has killed more than 4,500 in West Africa since the beginning of this year.

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Third U.N. Employee Dies from Ebola

A U.N. staff member in Sierra Leone has died from Ebola, the third employee from the world organization to succumb to the deadly virus, the U.N. spokesman said Monday.

The man, who was a driver for the U.N. Women agency, passed away at the weekend in Sierra Leone and his spouse is currently receiving treatment, said spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

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Nigeria Declared Ebola-Free as EU Tackles Response

Nigeria -- Africa's most populous country -- was declared Ebola-free on Monday as European Union foreign ministers thrashed out measures to help halt the spread of the deadly disease.

The World Health Organization said Nigeria's was a "spectacular success story that shows to the world that Ebola can be contained" as the country, where eight people died from the outbreak, defeated the disease.

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Brave Heart Fund Launches Video Raising Awareness on Heart Disease

The Brave Heart Fund BHF affiliated with the Children's Heart Center at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) has lately launched a video to help raise awareness on congenital heart disease.

In the video, a bus full of children blocks the heart of the city. Children descend, line-up and start singing. A banner with a slogan “we blocked the heart of the city to unblock the hearts of the children,” is raised.

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EU Tackles Ebola Response

European Union foreign ministers thrashed out measures to help halt Ebola's deadly spread on Monday, as Nigeria -- Africa's most populous country -- was expected to be declared free of the disease.

The meeting in Luxembourg underlined the heightened concern in Europe about the virus. A Spanish nurse who was the first case of transmission outside Africa has been shown by tests to apparently be finally clear of her Ebola infection.

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China Gives $6 Million for Food in Ebola Countries

China has contributed $6 million to the World Food Program to help stave off food shortages in countries worst affected by the Ebola virus.

The WFP announced Monday that the money will go to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the Ebola outbreak has led to widespread transport disruptions and higher food prices and caused some farmers to abandon their crops and livestock.

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Obama Calls for End to Ebola 'Hysteria'

U.S. President Barack Obama told Americans on Saturday not to "give in to hysteria or fear" over the deadly Ebola virus, calling for patience and a sense of perspective.

In his weekly address to the nation, Obama also played down the idea of a travel ban from West Africa, the epicenter of the outbreak, saying such restrictions would only exacerbate the crisis.

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Asthmatic First to Die from Enterovirus in Canada

A young asthmatic has become the first Canadian to die in an international outbreak of the respiratory enterovirus D68, officials announced Friday.

Public health officials in British Columbia told Agence France Presse the man, reportedly in his early 20s, had suffered from severe asthma.

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Effectiveness of Ebola Travel Ban Questioned

A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It's become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats, and is popular with the public. But health experts are nearly unanimous in saying it's a bad idea that could backfire.

The experts' key objection is that a travel ban could prevent needed medical supplies, food and health care workers from reaching Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the nations where the epidemic is at its peak. Without that aid, the deadly virus might spread to wider areas of Africa, making it even more of a threat to the U.S. and the world, experts say.

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Hospital Worker Suspected of Contact with Ebola Patient is On Cruise

A health care worker who may have come in contact with fluids from an Ebola patient who died in Texas is now on vacation on a cruise ship, the US State Department said.

The person is not showing symptoms of the disease and is voluntarily remaining in their cabin, it said.

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