Hospital to monitor possible Ebola case

A U.S. health-care worker who had been in West Africa and may have been exposed to the Ebola virus is being transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The patient will be monitored for signs of infection. The hospital said it did not have a time of arrival and was unable to share more details, “out of respect for patient privacy and in accordance with the patient’s wishes.” It did not say where the patient is or when he or she returned to the United States.

The announcement comes one day after U.S. health officials designated 35 hospitals nationwide, including Emory, as Ebola treatment centers. Emory treated the first two Americans who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa.

— Reuters

Court issues stay of execution

A federal appeals court on Wednesday issued a stay of execution for a mentally ill Texas death-row inmate justhours before he was set to be put to death for murder in a case that has garnered international attention.

Attorneys for Scott Panetti had argued that the execution of a severely mentally ill man would be morally and legally wrong. They asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to issue the stay to allow for a competency hearing. No date for the hearing has been set.

Panetti, 56, was convicted of fatally shooting his wife’s parents in the central Texas town of Fredericksburg in 1992. Panetti shaved his head,sawed off a shotgun and broke into the home of Joe and Amanda Alvarado, killing the two while his wife and daughter witnessed the murders, the Texas attorney general said.

— Reuters