Health worker 2nd in US to test positive for Ebola

Police stand guard outside the apartment of a hospital worker and a yellow barrel, left, that holds hazardous materials, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Dallas. The Texas health care worker, who was in full protective gear when they provided hospital care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died, has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition, health officials said Sunday.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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Bodies dumped in streets as West Africa struggles to curb Ebola

Health workers, wearing head-to-toe protective gear, prepare for work, outside an isolation unit in Foya District, Lofa County, Liberia in this July 2014 UNICEF handout photo.  REUTERS-Ahmed Jallanzo-UNICEF-Handout via Reuters

Health workers, wearing head-to-toe protective gear, prepare for work, outside an isolation unit in Foya District, Lofa County, Liberia in this July 2014 UNICEF handout photo. REUTERS-Ahmed Jallanzo-UNICEF-Handout via Reuters

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Ebola outbreak: Second US worker fighting for life after contracting deadly illness in Liberia

Nancy Writebol tested positive at the same medical compound in Liberia where American doctor, Dr Kent Brantly, became infected

Staff of the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse put on protective gear in the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia Photo: ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images

Nancy Writebol tested positive at the same medical compound in Liberia where American doctor, Dr Kent Brantly, became infected

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15 patients in 3 states possibly exposed to fatal brain disease

Sep. 6, 2013 at 6:49 PM ET

Fifteen people in three states now have been warned that they may have been exposed to a rare and fatal brain disease through potentially contaminated surgical equipment, health officials said Friday.

In addition to eight patients in New Hampshire, five in Massachusetts and two in Connecticut have received the news that they may have shared tainted equipment with a patient who died from apparent Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, an invariably fatal brain disorder, those states confirmed.

The initial patient had brain surgery in May at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H. Officials there are waiting for autopsy results, but say the patient likely suffered from sporadic CJD, which pops up spontaneously. It’s not the variant form of CJD that causes a human form of “mad cow disease” and is associated with eating beef contaminated with the cattle version, called bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE, experts caution.

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Plague-Infected Squirrel Found Near Campgrounds in Angeles National Forest

Despite its deadly history, plague infection is serious but rarely fatal in modern times

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A squirrel infected with plague bacteria prompted the closure of popular campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest on Wednesday, according to Los Angeles County health officials.

Officials with the county and the U.S. Forest Service closed the Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow and Pima Loops areas of the Table Mountain Campgrounds near Wrightwood, a small mountain town northeast of Los Angeles. A single ground squirrel trapped July 16 was found Tuesday to have tested positive.

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