President Barack Obama turned to a trusted adviser to lead the nation's Ebola response as public-health officials expanded their containment efforts to include a cruise ship at sea and multiple airline flights. The World Health Organization admitted making mistakes in failing to control the outbreak still spreading in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
A look at the top Ebola developments worldwide Friday:
Facing renewed criticism of his handling of the crisis, Obama made Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, his point man on fighting Ebola at home and in West Africa.
Meanwhile, the U.N. health agency said in a draft internal document obtained by The Associated Press that "nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall."
The response was marred by incompetency and ineffective bureaucracy, the document said, and experts should have realized that traditional containment methods would not work in an African region with porous borders and broken health systems.
CARIBBEAN CRUISE SHIP
Government officials sought to remove from a Caribbean cruise ship a Dallas health care worker who handled an Ebola lab specimen, although she has shown no signs of infection for 19 days. But the ship did not get clearance to dock in Cozumel, Mexico. A day earlier, officials in Belize would not allow the woman or her spouse to leave, a Carnival Cruise Lines spokeswoman said.
The cruise line said the ship was now on the way to its home port of Galveston, Texas, for its originally scheduled return of Sunday morning. The cruise company said that the woman, a lab supervisor traveling with her spouse, remained in isolation "and is not deemed to be a risk to any guests or crew."
Still, under tighter travel rules placed on Dallas hospital workers after a nurse caught Ebola from a Liberian patient, the woman should not be on the ship.
The United Nations has begun training Ebola survivors to help respond to the soaring number of cases in West Africa, because people who've overcome the disease are now immune to it.
The U.N. is training survivors to work with children in Liberia and Sierra Leone who've had contact with infected people, often family members, and require 21 days of isolation.
"Ebola has hijacked every aspect of life" in the hardest-hit countries, said Sarah Crowe, UNICEF's crisis communications chief. The disease has left an estimated 3,700 orphans across the region.
Survivors of Ebola can offer the love and attention a small child needs, without the fear that has made life "a very unhuman experience," she said.
A NEW DRUG
A North Carolina drugmaker plans to test its experimental antiviral drug in patients who have Ebola, after getting authorization from regulators at the Food and Drug Administration.
Chimerix Inc. said it has received FDA clearance to proceed with a trial examining the safety and effectiveness of its brincidofovir tablets. The drug is available for immediate use.
The FDA does not publicly confirm when it has granted companies permission to begin testing. The agency has not approved any drugs or vaccines to treat Ebola.