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Ebola death toll stands at over 4,800; Quarantined Liberians threaten to break isolation over food scarcity; Doctors don't detect virus in Dallas nurse's body.

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Latest updates:

12:23 A.M. First case of Ebola confirmed in Mali. (Reuters)

12:22 A.M. Authorities may evacuate Harlem apartment building where potential Ebola patient lived. (Reuters)

12:13 A.M. Patient being tested for Ebola in New York City identified as Dr. Craig Spencer from Harlem. (Reuters)

11:09 P.M. EU leaders name Cypriot as Ebola coordinator

European Union leaders named Christos Stylianides, the incoming commissioner for humanitarian affairs and crisis management, to coordinate the bloc's efforts to fight Ebola on Thursday.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said on Twitter that leaders meeting in Brussels had chosen the Cypriot as coordinator on Ebola, following a similar move by the United States which recently named Ron Klain as Ebola "czar". (Reuters)  

10:48 P.M. New York City says hospital testing doctor with Ebola-like symptoms

A New York City hospital is running Ebola tests on a doctor who returned to the United States from West Africa with a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the city's Health Department said on Thursday. (Reuters)

6:13 P.M. Lebanese man suspected of having Ebola said cleared of virus

The Lebanese man hospitalized after reportedly showing signs of Ebola infection has been cleared of having the virus, an official from Beirut's Rafik Hariri University Hospital told The Daily Star. 

4:34 P.M. Man suspected of having Ebola quarantined in Lebanon

Lebanon's health minister says a Lebanese man who arrived from West Africa is suspected of having Ebola and has been quarantined, the first such case in the country.

The minister, Wael Abu Faour, said on Thursday that the Lebanese national reported himself to hospital after fearing he was displaying symptoms of the disease.

Abu Faour says the man arrived from a West African country earlier in the week. He did not provide more details.

He says the man is being cared for in a Beirut hospital, which has prepared a special unit to deal with diseases such as Ebola. (AP) Click here for the full story

3:51 P.M. EU contributes 24.4 million euros to Ebola fight, eyes goal of 1 billion euros

The European Union has contributed another 24.4 million euros ($31 million) to the fight against Ebola, as the bloc's leaders try to close in on a 1 billion-euro ($1.26 billion) fund to fight the deadly virus.

EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Thursday added 24.4 million euros more for medical research on an Ebola vaccine. Britain says it has committed 125 million pounds ($200 million) toward fighting Ebola, more than any other of the bloc's 28 nations. (AP) 

12:39 P.M. Quarantined Liberians threaten to break isolation for food

Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of an isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported Thursday.

Forty-three people were put in quarantine after four people died of Ebola in Jennewende, a town in an impoverished corner of Grand Cape Mount County near the Sierra Leone border, the Liberia Broadcasting System said. It quoted those quarantined as saying that the U.N. World Food Program apparently has stopped providing food to people affected by Ebola in the area. A WFP press officer said he is looking into the claim. (AP) 

12:12 P.M. North Korea to bar foreign tourists

North Korea will bar entry to foreigners on tourist trips from Friday, because of worries over the spread of Ebola, operators of tours to the isolated country told Reuters.

It was not immediately clear if the North Korean ban also covered non-tourist members of the diplomatic or business community with ties to Pyongyang.

International travel to North Korea is rare and although there have been no reported cases of the virus in the reclusive country, which in the past has sealed its borders to foreign visitors over health concerns. (Reuters)

8:15 A.M. U.S. to track everyone coming from Ebola nations

Federal officials working to keep Ebola from spreading into the U.S. have ordered that all travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations now be monitored for three weeks.

Starting on Monday, anyone traveling from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will have to report in with health officials daily and take their temperature twice a day.

The measure applies not only to visitors from those countries but also returning American aid workers, federal health employees and journalists. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the new step Wednesday.

The virus has killed more than 4,800 people in West Africa, nearly all in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

CDC Director Tom Frieden said monitoring will provide an extra level of safety. Passengers already get screened and temperature checks before they leave West Africa and again when they arrive in the United States.

The Obama administration has resisted increasing pressure to turn away any visitors from the three countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak, especially after a Liberian visitor to Dallas came down with the infectious disease days after he arrived and later died. Instead, passenger screening was put in place at 5 key U.S. airports. That was tightened Tuesday to funnel everyone coming from those countries through those airports so all are checked. (AP)

3:03 A.M. Doctors don't detect Ebola in Dallas nurse's body

Doctors no longer detect Ebola in a Texas nurse who flew to Ohio and back before she was diagnosed with the virus, her family said Wednesday.

Officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention couldn't detect Ebola in Amber Vinson as of Tuesday evening, her family said in a statement released through a media consultant. Doctors usually do two tests a day apart before saying they can't detect the virus. It's unclear how many tests Vinson has had.

Vinson's mother, Debra Berry, spoke to her Wednesday, and Vinson has been approved for transfer from isolation, the statement said. (AP)