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Epidemic of ebola fears
sweeps over United States

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

For Americans, ebola started out as a disease in a far away continent, but then a man from Liberia died from ebola in a Dallas hospital, and things changed.

Ebola was on American soil. Fears heightened, and they spiked even more when two nurses who treated that ebola patient contracted the disease.

These new cases have prompted an epidemic of fear.

One of the nurses, Nina Pham, was transferred from a Dallas hospital to the clinical studies unit at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

A top official there, Anthony Fauci, sought to allay fears at a news conference .

"We fully intend to have this patient walk out of this hospital. And we intend to do everything we can to make that happen," Fauci said.

The other nurse, Amber Vinson, has been moved to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Despite assurances from America's top doctors, more than 80 percent of Americans believe ebola can be spread by many ways, including by sneezing and coughing. Those are the results of a new poll by Harvard University.

Infectious disease experts say the virus can only be spread by contact with bodily fluids from someone who has the disease.

The poll also shows that more than half of adults are concerned that there will be a large outbreak of ebola inside the U.S. within the next 12 months.

Nurses and doctors are also raising their concerns.

Nurses' groups say they haven't been trained to care for ebola patients and that they don't have proper equipment to protect them from catching the virus. Randi Weingarten heads one of the nurses unions.

"Frontline providers, who are key to containing ebola, must have a voice and be involved in the development and implementation of plans," Ms. Weingarten said.

Saturday, President Barack Obama used his weekly address to tell Americans keep the situation in perspective and not to give in to ebola hysteria or fear.

Many Americans are calling for a ban on travel to the U.S. from West African nations affected by ebola until the virus is under control.

But that would prevent the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from screening and tracking these visitors. That's what Centers head Thomas Frieden, told a congressional hearing on Thursday. 

"Borders can be porous. We won't be able to check them for fever when they leave. We won't be able to check them for fever when they arrive. When they arrive we wouldn't be able to impose quarantine," Frieden told members of a House subcommittee.

Still, a plane that one of the infected nurses flew on is now being disinfected, and schools in Ohio and Texas closed their doors because some students or staff shared an airplane with the nurse, unnecessary procedures prompted by fear because experts say you can only get ebola from a sick person's bodily fluids.

Health official doubts
every hospital is ready

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A top U.S. health official says it is unrealistic to expect every hospital in America to be able to care for an ebola patient, but that health care facilities must be vigilant for possible cases and be ready to isolate anyone infected with the virus for transport to specialized treatment centers. The Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, spoke one day after President Barack Obama warned against mass-panic over the disease.

A collective sigh of relief could be felt aboard a cruise ship that docked in Texas after a passenger tested negative for ebola.  A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to collect a blood sample from a woman who had handled specimens from America’s first ebola patient, Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, who died earlier this month in Dallas.

The episode points to mounting fears and evolving health protocols to deal with the virus.  Last week, America’s third ebola patient, Dallas nurse Nina Pham, was transferred to the nation's premier health research facility, the National Institutes of Health near Washington, for treatment.  Infectious disease specialist Fauci says it’s important to remain realistic.

“I think this idea that every single hospital can take care of a seriously-ill ebola patient right now is not true.  We do not want people to think that any community hospital is totally equipped to care for a patient,” said Fauci, speaking on ABC’s This Week program.

Earlier, President Barack Obama attempted to calm an increasingly-alarmed American public.

“This is a serious disease, but we cannot give in to hysteria or fear.  Now, even one infection is too many.  At the same time, we have to keep this in perspective.  As our public health experts point out, every year thousands of Americans die from the flu,” said Obama.

But a growing chorus of critics, including some Republican and Democrat lawmakers, want stronger measures to isolate the United States from African nations where ebola has killed more than 4,500 people. Rep. Fred Upton is among them.

“I am going to encourage the president to really put in a no-fly zone from that region of the world, particularly for folks trying to travel here on a visa,” said Upton.

President Obama said stopping flights to and from West Africa could make the situation worse by disrupting the flow of supplies and health workers to affected regions and causing passengers to go through third countries and possibly evade screening for Ebola.

Oxfam seeks more support
and calls ebola a disaster

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The international aid agency Oxfam is appealing to European Union foreign ministers to do more to fight ebola; a disease Oxfam said could be the definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation.

The chief of the British charity, Mark Goldring, called for more troops, funding and medical staff to be sent to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the countries hit hardest by the epidemic.

Goldring said countries that fail to make a commitment to fight ebola "are in danger of costing lives."

Echoing that comment, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said, in an open letter to the BBC Sunday, that the fight against ebola is one in which the whole world has a stake.

President Sirleaf said, "It is the duty of all, as global citizens, to send a message that they will not leave millions of West Africans to fend for themselves."

She added that the disease was unleashing an economic catastrophe that will leave a “lost generation” of young West Africans.

Meanwhile, a Pentagon spokesman said U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the creation of a 30-member expeditionary medical support team to be able to provide emergency help in the event of an ebola crisis in the United States.

The plan would be for a team of five doctors, 20 nurses and five trainers to be able to respond on short notice to help civilian medical professionals, a statement from Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

The U.S. will also issue new guidelines for health workers treating ebola patients that will include using protective gear with no skin showing.

The guidelines are expected to set a firmer standard than before, calling for full-body suits and hoods that protect workers' necks, setting rigorous rules for removal of equipment and disinfection of hands, and calling for a site manager to supervise the putting on and taking off of equipment.

Kirby called the team “an added, prudent measure to ensure our nation is ready to respond quickly, effectively and safely in the event of additional ebola cases. ... They will not be sent to West Africa or elsewhere overseas and will be called upon domestically only if deemed prudent by our public health professionals,” the statement said.

Some of the dozens of people who are being watched for possible exposure to ebola in the United States are expected to be cleared through today, potentially easing concerns about the spread of the disease after two nurses were infected.

They would include Duncan's fiancee, Louise Troh, her 13-year-old son and two other people who have been in mandatory quarantine at an undisclosed location in Dallas.

Also, a Dallas lab worker who spent much of a Caribbean holiday cruise in isolation tested negative for the deadly virus and left the Carnival Magic liner with other passengers after it docked at Galveston, Texas, early Sunday.

However, there are still 75 health workers in Dallas who have isolated themselves and are being monitored.

In a public letter on Saturday night, Texas Health Resources Chief Executive Barclay Berdan acknowledged that Texas Health Presbyterian, where Duncan first went, made mistakes, including initially not diagnosing ebola.

Berdan said aggressive actions since then ensured that the hospital was a safe place, and that outside experts would be consulted to determine how two nurses became infected.

Meanwhile, Fidel Castro, the former leader of Cuba, said the Caribbean island nation will gladly cooperate with the U.S. in the fight against ebola in West Africa. 

Writing in the state media Saturday, the 88-year-old Castro said the cooperation would be in the interest of peace in the world, and is not an attempt to resolve issues between the U.S. and Cuba.

"We will gladly cooperate with American personnel in that task and not in search for peace between the two states that have been adversaries for so many years, but in any case, for peace in the world, a goal that can and should be attempted," a Cuban television broadcaster read Castro's remarks on the air.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry praised Cuba's efforts Friday for its impressive response to the ebola crisis, saying "Cuba - a country of just 11 million people - has sent 165 health professionals and it plans to send nearly 300 more" to hard-hit West Africa.

Cuba has a history of sending its doctors to emergencies around the world.

U.S. High Court permits
Texas to check voter IDs

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed the state of Texas to enforce its strict new voter identification law in November polls, despite a lower court's ruling that it threatened to block many minorities from casting ballots.

The court ruling, released early Saturday, was unsigned and contained no reasoning.

The 2011 law forces voters to present photo identification before casting ballots. Texas officials, who say the legislation aims to prevent voter fraud, Saturday voiced strong support for the court ruling.

However, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a six-page dissent, said the ruling may block as many as 600,000 registered Texans from voting, a figure state officials have disputed. 

Justice Ginsburg said a sharply disproportionate percentage of blocked voters are African-American or Hispanic, and noted, in her words, that "racial discrimination in elections in Texas is no historical artifact."

Ginsburg also noted that many rural Texans seeking a required form of identification ahead of November polls face round-trip travel times of three hours or more to the nearest government facility issuing such documents. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan also dissented.

The Supreme Court order is the fourth such ruling in recent weeks on states seeking to determine whether election law changes approved by Republican-controlled state legislatures can be applied to crucial mid-term elections.

Election law changes were upheld in the states of North Carolina and Ohio, while new rules in Wisconsin were blocked.

The High Court majorities in each case did not give reasoning for their decisions.

Swedish military is seeking
disabled Russian submarine

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Sweden's military is searching its waters near Stockholm after detecting foreign underwater activity, possibly a Russian submarine in distress.

The non-aligned Nordic country has deployed more than 200 men, stealth ships, minesweepers and helicopters to look for a man-made object signals from which it detected Friday.

Sweden has described the search 50 kilometers east of its capital as an intelligence operation, with the mobilization one of the country's biggest since the Cold War.

Russia denied Sunday that any of its submarines are involved in the incident.

But the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported that a distressed Russian submarine is the focus of the search.

The newspaper said Swedish military intelligence intercepted radio signals off the coast of Sweden to Kaliningrad, home to much of Russia's Baltic Sea naval fleet, and that they were transmitted on a special emergency frequency.

Broco's Peyton Manning
sets NFL passing record

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning set a new U.S. National Football League record for career touchdown passes in the Broncos' 42-17 rout of the visiting San Francisco 49ers Sunday night.

Manning's short touchdown pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas late in the second quarter gave him 509 career touchdown passes, breaking the record held by Brett Favre, a future member of the NFL's Hall of Fame.

Manning — himself assured to become a Hall of Famer — tied Favre's record earlier in the game with a 39-yard pass to receiver Wes Welker.

His historic night comes just three years after being forced to miss the entire 2011 season after undergoing a series of surgeries to repair his injured neck that put his career in doubt.

The son of a former NFL quarterback, Archie, the 38-year-old Manning has been named most valuable player five times in his 16-year career; four of them while a member of the Indianapolis Colts. He led the Colts to numerous appearances in the postseason, including a win in the 2007 Super Bowl against the Chicago Bears.
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The apartment has a master bedroom with a large ensuite bathroom with bath tub, and a smaller second bedroom/office  with air conditioning. It has a second full bathroom, living/dining room, laundry room with hot water tank and storage area. The kitchen comes with granite countertops, a breakfast bar and new dishwasher. It has 82 m2 of construction. 2 balconies with beautiful views of the river and mountains. Private parking for one car. Elevator and a well presented reception area. Located in a very quiet and private neighborhood just 400 meters from the centre of Ciudad Colón. Within minutes to all major amenities in Santa Ana and Escazú. Easy access to the beach (less than 1.5 hrs).  24-hour security, visitor parking, pool, extensive and lush green areas, BBQ area, children’s playground and its own water treatment plant. Contact (506) 6022-9294 or 6022-9967, for further info or to arrange a viewing.

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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya.7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 ft. elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet iinstalled, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. $199,000 Contact   Check out slide show HERE!

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Completed one year ago, a $45,000 renovating made it an exquisite dwelling. As soon as you walk in you know it is a special home. No detail has been overlooked, even minuscule ones. The owner has a need to move on, and someone lucky will be the beneficiary of the fine detailed work. The home itself has three bedrooms, two and half bathrooms plus a maid’s quarters with its own bathroom. Also, it has a living room, dining room and a gorgeous kitchen with a kitchenette. There’s also a small outdoor patio. Being the end unit of this four-home condo complex, there’s parking space for three vehicles.  Approximately 240 sq. meters. All this near the Cariari Golf and Country Club and its renowned Tom Facio golf course. The club also has amenities such as a fitness centre, exercise room, Olympic swimming pool, sauna, 12 tennis courts and many other benefits. Tel:  8384-9608 or 2293-9054  Price $214,500.

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Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

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Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet.   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

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2, 900 sq feet under roof, 1,250 sq feet inside walls, 2 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, laundry room, three separate patio areas, covered carport, shade trees, in upscale, secure project.  This project has river with protected areas & walkways. It is only 10 minutes on all paved roads to Santiago de Puriscal, 45 minutes to La Plaza Mall/Hospital CIMA and SJO airport, and 1 ½ hours to Pacific Beaches. It has recently upgraded public water supply and dependable ICE electric and high-speed internet.
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Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away. Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails:  and


Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at  See property video here:

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ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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