1. Cairns nurse tested for Ebola is clearedA Cairns nurse thought to have contracted the Ebola virus has been cleared after tests overnight.
56-year old Sue-Ellen Kovack had recently returned to Australia after a month long stay in Sierra Leone.
She had been working with the Red Cross treating Ebola patients.
National guidelines require medical personal to be in quarantine after they return from Ebola hot spots – and she had been monitoring her temperature twice a day.
When she realized she had a low grade fever, measures were put in place to bring her to Cairns hospital and to conduct a blood test.
QLD Chief Health officer Dr Jeanette Young has said the tests came back negative
“I do not think we will have an outbreak in Australia.” QLD Chief Health officer Dr Young told media.
The Nurse told the ABC in September, before she left for Sierra Leone.
“I believe my past working history has given me the skills to help out in this humanitarian emergency, which is turning into an epidemic of catastrophic proportions,”
2. British man dies of Ebola
Meanwhile a British man in Macedonia has died of Ebola. The Telegraph reports that he had travelled from the UK earlier this month.
3. Mother of nine jailed for shaking baby
A mother of nine has been jailed for killing her seven-week-old son, one of twins, to stop him crying.
The QLD mother at first denied she harmed the boy but admitted the crime two months later saying she jerked the baby back and forth a few times, saying “Stop it, stop crying”.
Police says she told the officer “You’re not like me. Sometimes you wish you could meet other parents like yourself who get angry and frustrated. It’s like a wave just comes over you.”
The court heard the mother was “ill-equipped” for parenthood and had eight other biological children she was caring for alone.
Her barrister, Joshua Trevino told the court that at the time of the boy’s death she was looking after a two-year-old and the newborn twins alone.
4. MH17: Did some passengers know their fate?
At least one passenger – an Australian – on board MH17 has been found with an oxygen mask around his neck indicating that passengers may have been aware of their fate.
A preliminary report by the Dutch Safety Board said that the aircraft’s wreckage suggested small objects had penetrated the aircraft in both the cockpit and forward sections. Holes were also found on the cockpit floor. Through analysis, the damage to the body of the aircraft is consistent with “high-energy objects” piercing the aircraft from the outside.
BNO News reports that Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans has said some of the passengers and crew on board may have remained conscious after the aircraft was shot down.