Ebola outbreak: Get up to speed

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(CNN) — The head of the World Health Organization decries the lack of investment for Ebola cures and vaccines. Thousands of children orphaned by Ebola might get more help. And an American nurse speaks out about her quarantine orders.
Here are the latest developments in the Ebola outbreak:
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WEST AFRICA DEVELOPMENTS
Lack of investment decried
WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan decried the lack of investment for Ebola cures and vaccines, suggesting many aren’t motivated by a disease crippling poor African countries. “A profit-driven industry does not invest in products for markets that cannot pay,” Chan said in her address to the Regional Committee for Africa.
UNICEF to boost staff
The United Nations’ children’s agency will double its staff in the three most devastated countries to 600, the U.N. said. An estimated 5 million children are affected and about 4,000 children have become orphaned from the current epidemic, it said.
Cases and death toll climb
The transmission of Ebola is still “widespread and intense” in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said Monday. There have been 13,567 cases of Ebola worldwide, and 4,951 deaths.
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U.S. DEVELOPMENTS
Quarantined nurse breaks silence
Nurse Kaci Hickox has cut a deal with authorities that permits her to travel, more or less freely, while monitoring her health. But Hickox, who recently returned to the United States after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, says she won’t go into town where she lives or public places, even though she’s allowed.
Texas: Quarantine for high-risk, asymptomatic health care workers
Texas announced new rules Tuesday for dealing with health care workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa — and they’re similar to guidelines issued last month by the CDC. One of the key differences: Texas will confine an asymptomatic but “high risk” person to his or her home, presumably for the remainder of a 21-day incubation period. The CDC recommended a slightly different course for an asymptomatic of high risk: Active monitoring and exclusion from public places and public transportation, but no mandatory in-home quarantine. High-risk people include those who were exposed to Ebola patients’ body fluids without wearing appropriate protective equipment.
CNN’s Susanna Capelouto and Dana Ford contributed to this report.

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