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University of California Medical Centers Identified as Priority Hospitals to Treat Confirmed Ebola Cases

Sacramento, California - Though there are no confirmed or suspect cases of Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) in California, today the University of California Office of the President informed the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that all five UC Medical Centers are positioned to provide in-patient care for Californians who have confirmed cases of Ebola if necessary.

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Making Progress Toward a World Without Polio

Washington, DC - A world free from polio is possible thanks to extraordinary progress made since the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988 when 350,000 polio cases were reported in 125 polio-endemic countries around the world. By 2001, those numbers were reduced to 475 cases in only 10 polio-endemic countries, and today wild polio virus remains endemic in just three countries Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. 

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Stem Cell Agency Unveils CIRM 2.0 – its Aggressive Plan to Significantly Accelerate Promising Therapies. Invests $24 Million To Create Alpha Clinic Network

Los Angeles, California - The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state’s Stem Cell Agency, today took two important steps towards speeding up the development of effective treatments for patients in need.

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California Department of Public Health Establishes Ebola Hotline

Sacramento, California - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has established an Ebola hotline call center to respond to public inquiries related to Ebola it was announced today by Dr. Ron Chapman, CDPH director and state health officer.

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CDC Announces Active Post-Arrival Monitoring for Travelers from Impacted Countries

Washington, DC - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that public health authorities will begin active post-arrival monitoring of travelers whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea.  These travelers are now arriving to the United States at one of five airports where entry screening is being conducted by Customs and Border Protection and CDC. 

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Innovative Response by Firestone Health Officials May Have Limited Ebola Spread in a Part of Liberia

Washington, DC - Innovative measures have limited the spread of Ebola in a part of Liberia where Firestone Liberia Inc. had established an effective health care infrastructure, according to a report issued today in the October 21 early release issue of CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Similar measures may be helpful in slowing the Ebola epidemic in other parts of West Africa.

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New test can help doctors choose best treatment for ovarian cancer

London, England - Researchers have devised a new test to help doctors diagnose ovarian tumors and choose the most appropriate treatment.

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Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola

Washington, DC - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity.  The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers should use and offers detailed step by step instructions for how to put the equipment on and take it off safely.

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