October 20th, 2014
11:25 AM ET

Ebola: Get Up to Speed on Latest Developments

Nigeria and Senegal are Ebola-free. A Spanish nurse's aide has beaten Ebola. And Dallas has cleared dozens from Ebola monitoring.

There are many developments from over the weekend surrounding the disease across the world.

Get up to speed with the latest developments Monday:


Forty-three people who came into contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan are now officially cleared after not demonstrating any symptoms during a 21-day monitoring period, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Monday.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says 120 people are being monitored for Ebola symptoms but it's unclear how he came up with that total.


Nigeria was declared Ebola-free Monday, following an announcement that Senegal is now rid of the virus.


Ron Klain, the former chief of staff to two vice presidents who has been tapped as the Obama administration's "Ebola czar," will begin his new duties Wednesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.


Teresa Romero Ramos, who had contracted Ebola after caring for a patient with the deadly disease, is now free of the virus, Spain's Special Ebola Committee said Sunday.


The epidemic, however, is still spreading in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. WHO said those countries still have "widespread and intense transmission."



Amber Vinson (nurse) – Arrived at Emory on October 15, 2014 for treatment.

Nina Pham (nurse)- Transferred on October 16, 2014 to NIH hospital in Maryland. Received blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly.

Ashoka Mukpo (NBC News freelancer)- Currently at The Nebraska Medical Center; Diagnosed in Liberia on October 2, 2014. Received blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly.

Anonymous Patient – Third patient being treated at Emory. Name has not been released and WHO and Emory are not confirming that he worked for WHO; Arrived at Emory on September 9, 2014. On a statement released Wednesday, October 15, the anonymous patient said they were "on the way to a full recovery."


Hospital Workers:

CDC reports at least 76 health care workers who may have come into contact with Duncan after he was hospitalized are being monitored for symptoms of the disease. CDC is considering putting these health care workers on a "Do not board list."

Amber Vinson Contacts: 

Vinson officially began showing symptoms on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, but new reports bring that day into question. A CDC source said Vinson began feeling “funny” on Sunday, October 12, 2014.

If the October 14th day is accurate, the 21-day monitoring period will end Tuesday, November 4, 2014 for those that had contact with Vinson.


From Dallas County, Amber Vinson's mother Debra Berry is under self-quarantine at a Dallas hotel.

Amber Vinson's fiancé is currently staying in a Dallas hotel. He is self-monitoring for symptoms

Vinson's stepfather Kelvin Berry is under quarantine in Summit County.

Frontier Airlines:

The 6 crew members on that Frontier flight have been placed on paid leave for 21 days.

From Gov. Rick Perry: 79 people who were aboard the Frontier Flight with Amber Vinson from Dallas to Cleveland –  8 of those are being actively monitored (someone checks their temperatures twice a day). 71 are being monitored via phone.

From the Pentagon –  An active duty U.S. Marine has placed himself in voluntary quarantine in Texas after learning he was on the Frontier Airlines Flight from Cleveland to Dallas with nurse Amber Vinson. The Marines are not naming the man due to privacy concerns, but this is believed to be the first military service member directly impacted by the Ebola crisis.

NE Ohio:

As of Sunday 10/19 2pET, according to the Ohio Dept of Health, 3 people (in addition to Vinson's stepfather) are under quarantine. 48 people are under verified self-monitoring, 52 people are self-monitoring, 28 possible contacts have not been classified yet.

Nina Pham Contacts: 

Pham's dog, Bentley, was taken by the Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center.


RELATED: 2 African countries freed of Ebola; monitoring period over for 43 Texans

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October 15th, 2014
07:14 AM ET

Second Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola

A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for Ebola, health officials said Wednesday - casting further doubt on the hospital's ability to handle Ebola and protect employees.

The worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said.

The preliminary Ebola test was done late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and the results came back around midnight. A second test will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

See more on this developing story at CNN.com

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Americans Detained in North Korea Speak Out to CNN
September 1st, 2014
08:08 AM ET

Americans Detained in North Korea Speak Out to CNN

Three Americans detained in North Korea spoke out about their conditions Monday in an exclusive TV interview with CNN.

Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle met with CNN's Will Ripley at a hotel in Pyongyang. Each was given five minutes for an interview.

Bae, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence for "hostile acts to bring down its government," said he is working eight hours a day, six days a week at a labor camp.

North Korea claims Bae was part of a Christian plot to overthrow the regime.

"Continue to pray for me," he asked of his friends and family.

Despite what he called "hard labor," Bae said he has been treated "as humanely as possible."

Miller, who is accused of tearing up his tourist visa and seeking asylum upon entry, pleaded for help from the U.S. government during his interview.

"My situation is very urgent, that very soon I am going to trial, and I would directly be sent to prison," Miller said.

He said he will not learn of his charges until he goes to trial.

And Fowle, an American tourist accused of leaving a Bible in a hotel where he was staying, said he has "no complaints" about his treatment.

"It's been very good so far, and I hope and pray that it continues, while I'm here two more days or two more decades," he said.

All three men said they signed statements admitting their guilt.

MORE on CNN.com.

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August 19th, 2014
07:44 AM ET

'This Has to Stop': 31 Arrested After Fresh Confrontation in Ferguson

At least 31 people were arrested in Ferguson after peaceful protests devolved into another night of chaos. And many of those arrested came from as far away as New York and California, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson early Tuesday.

Johnson didn't provide additional details, but his remark confirmed what many in Ferguson have been saying all along: the protesters who have turned the nightly demonstrations into tense confrontations with heavily armed police officers aren't local residents.

"I'm telling you, we're going to make this neighborhood whole," Johnson said. "And I am not going to let criminals that have come out here from across this country or live in this community define this neighborhood and define what we're going to do to make it right."

He has a Herculean task ahead of him.

Chosen by the Gov. Jay Nixon to head up security operation - after Ferguson police was roundly criticized for its heavy-handed approach - Johnson was welcomed last week.

But those sentiments have soured as security forces under his command lob tear gas and stun grenades at rowdy protesters who toss rocks and Molotov cocktails at them.

CNN's Jake Tapper echoed the frustrations of many in the crowd after the latest encounter Monday night.

"Absolutely there have been looters, absolutely over the last nine days there has been violence, but there is nothing going on in this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram. Nothing.

"So if people wonder why the people of Ferguson, Missouri, are so upset, this is part of the reason. What is this? This doesn't make any sense."

See more on this developing story on CNN.com

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