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Scientists try to predict number of U.S. Ebola cases; New York doctor with Ebola improves.

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Medical staff members take part in a Ebola virus preventive drill at Ditan Hospital in Beijing, October 30, 2014. Credit: Reuters

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8:45 P.M. U.N. employee under treatment for Ebola in France

France was treating a United Nations employee who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, the health ministry said in a statement posted Sunday on its website.

The statement said the patient, who “worked in the fight against Ebola,” was transferred to a military hospital near Paris, after being evacuated “by special aircraft.” He was placed in isolation “under high security,” it added.

There are no other confirmed cases of Ebola in France, the ministry said.
A spokesman for the health ministry said the patient was “a foreign citizen” but would not disclose his identity.

In September, France evacuated from Liberia a French nurse who had contracted the virus, and has since recovered. (AP)

5:13 A.M. Scientists try to predict number of U.S. Ebola cases

Top medical experts studying the spread of Ebola say Americans should expect more cases to emerge in the United States by year's end as infected people arrive here from West Africa, including American doctors and nurses returning from the hot zone and people fleeing from the deadly disease.

No one knows for sure how many infections will emerge in the U.S. or anywhere else, but scientists have made educated guesses based on data models that weigh hundreds of variables, including daily new infections in West Africa, airline traffic worldwide and transmission possibilities.

This week, several top infectious disease experts ran simulations for The Associated Press that predicted as few as one or two additional infections by the end of 2014 to a worst-case scenario of 130. Read full story (AP)

1:00 A.M. New York doctor with Ebola improves

A New York doctor with Ebola, whose case triggered a national debate over mandatory quarantines for health workers returning from West Africa, was upgraded to stable condition on Saturday after nine days of treatment.

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, the only person in the United States currently being treated for Ebola, will remain in isolation, New York City's Bellevue Hospital said in a statement. He has improved to "stable" from "serious but stable."

Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola several days after returning to New York from Guinea where he had worked with patients infected with the disease, which is known to have killed almost 5,000 people in West Africa. (Reuters) Read full article