The fight to contain Ebola continues in West Africa, but there's a ray of hope. In the United States, there's fighting of a different kind: quarantine discords and lawsuits linked to Ebola fears.
Here's the latest to get you up to speed:
WEST AFRICA DEVELOPMENTS
Finally, some welcome news
The number of new cases is slowing in Liberia, burials are declining and labs are getting fewer tests, according to the World Health Organization. If this trend continues, Liberia, the hardest hit nation, will get a much-needed break.
At least 4,920 deaths have been reported as of this week, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Ebola survivor Ashoka Mukpo is speaking out for the first time since he left a hospital after treatment for Ebola.
The NBC cameraman slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's controversial quarantine policy for health care workers in the state. "It's an effort to work with public opinion rather than listen to the advice of the experts," Mukpo said. "And I just think that it's counterproductive," he said.
Nurse not willing to stay put
Not too long ago, nurse Kaci Hickox was helping save Ebola patients in West Africa. Now, she's in the middle of a different fight. Maine health officials say they're filing a court order requiring the nurse take a 21-day quarantine. Hickox is challenging that and says she has no intention of staying put.
On Thursday, when Hickox and her boyfriend left their house in the tiny town of Fort Kent and pedaled along a long country road, law enforcement vehicles took off after her.
Hickox's attorney Norm Siegel told CNN that the couple went for the bike ride to make a point: She could be in out in public "without freaking everyone out."
Negotiations between Maine and Hickox have failed, and Gov. Paul LePage will "exercise the full extent of his authority allowable by law," the governor's office said Thursday.
Lawsuit over Ebola fears
A Nigerian family in Connecticut is suing after their daughter was barred from school over Ebola fears following her return from Lagos. The Milford Schools Superintendent denied that the school's response was improper. Nigeria had a handful of cases, but the WHO declared it Ebola-free this month.
No secret plan to treat foreign patients
The State Department discussed plans to transport non-U.S. citizens infected with Ebola to the United States for medical treatment, but decided to shelve the proposal and insists it was never considered at senior levels. Congressional Republicans seized on an internal State Department memo, saying it is evidence the administration is hiding its plans.
The U.S. defense secretary has approved a 21-day quarantine for all military personnel serving in Ebola-stricken areas of West Africa. Initially, the policy will apply to all personnel leaving the region, but it will be reviewed within 45 days, Chuck Hagel says.
Ebola patient in New York City followed protocol
Health officials in New York City are dismissing a story that accused Dr. Craig Spencer of lying about his movements after his return from treating Ebola patients in Guinea. Spencer, who is undergoing treatment for Ebola, followed protocol and contacted his employer when he developed a fever, health officials say. He also provided his credit cards, cell phones and transit card, they say.