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Monroe is a city located in Union County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 26,228. It is the county seat of Union County. (More Info and Source) Monroe Real Estate

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Social-media reaction: Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison

Olympian Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

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Legal experts said Pistorius could be released after 10 months in prison and serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:40:28 -0400

CDC revamps Ebola guidelines after criticism

Following severe criticism from politicians, pundits and health care workers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued stricter guidelines about how health care workers should protect themselves from the Ebola virus.

The new guidelines focus on improving and standardizing Ebola response training in hospitals across the country. The CDC recommends healthcare workers routinely practice to familiarize themselves with protective gear. Anyone who comes in contact with an Ebola patient shouldn't have any skin exposed, and should be be supervised by a trained monitor. 

The CDC's previous guidelines were meant to be flexible, according to the agency. But after two nurses became infected while treating Ebola patient Thomas Duncan, those guidelines came under some serious scrutiny. 

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MEGYN KELLEY VIA FOX NEWS: "I looked at the website and it says you're only supposed to wear one pair of gloves, and it says you don't have to cover your head and you don't have to cover your feet. Wouldn't you admit that is insufficient?"

CHRIS HAYES VIA MSNBC: "There is no question, I think, that they underestimated the difficulty or the danger to front-line healthcare workers." 

NATIONAL NURSES UNITED CO-PRESIDENT JEAN ROSS VIA C-SPAN: "From the nurses point of view, there really was no protocol."

The CDC's new guidelines are based on those regularly used by Doctors Without Borders in Ebola-stricken countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, adapted for a U.S. hospital setting.

But those new guidelines will only be effective if they're followed — and as one analyst told CNN, the CDC doesn't have the authority to mandate its recommendations in private hospitals nationwide.

DR. IRWIN REDLENER VIA CNN: "It is a scientific body that issues guidelines, but the actual implementation happens on a local level. ... It's a national resource, the CDC, but it's not a national implementer, and that's really up to the local authorities."

The new guidelines come just as 43 people in Dallas who came in contact with Duncan were declared free of any Ebola risk. The CDC and the Pentagon are both prepping rapid response teams for any future Ebola infections.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:06:38 -0400

Third Ebola patient released from Atlanta's Emory University Hospital

An unidentified Ebola patient has been released from Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, said to be free of the virus, WSB-TV reported Monday.

The patient was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 9 and asked to remain anonymous. The man worked for the World Health Organization and contracted the virus while working in Sierra Leone.

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In a statement from Emory University Hospital, officials said the man was released from the hospital on Sunday.

“The patient was determined to be free of virus and to pose no public health threat,” the statement said. “The patient has asked to remain anonymous and left the hospital for an undisclosed location. He will make a statement at a later date.”
A fourth Ebola patient, Amber Vinson, remains at Emory for treatment for the disease. Vinson arrived at Emory University Hospital on Oct. 15.
Vinson worked as a nurse at a Dallas hospital where a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, was being treated for the deadly virus after flying to the United States. Vinson was flown to Emory to receive treatment last week.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:47:41 -0400

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