Ebola

Goats and Soda
12:08 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

3-Year-Old Ebola Survivor Proposes To Nurse

After beating Ebola, young Ibrahim celebrated by proposing to his nurse.
Anders Kelto NPR

Isata Kallon, a nurse at Kenema Hospital in eastern Sierra Leone, remembers the day 3-year-old Ibrahim showed up at the Ebola treatment center. He was with his mother and two older brothers, ages 5 and 8. They all had Ebola. Ibrahim was especially sick, vomiting constantly.

"The chance of survival was very low for him," says Kallon, who's in her 30s. She sits at a picnic table outside the Ebola ward, her hair pulled back with a hairband and her blue nursing scrubs tinged with sweat around the neck.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Ebola: Examining The Narrative Of Epidemics

Ebola in Guinea.
Credit flickr.com/photos/69583224@N05/13717624625/

It started with a whisper. 

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The Two-Way
1:09 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Ebola-Stricken Nurse Appears Well In Video

Nina Pham, 26, steps off a plane Thursday night at a municipal airport in Frederick, Md. An ambulance was waiting to take her to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 10:58 am

Updated at 10:50 a.m. ET

A smiling nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola after treating an infected patient in Dallas, appears in a video taken before she was transferred to a special isolation unit at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. She jokingly urges people to "come to Maryland."

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Shots - Health News
2:04 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Poll: Majority Of Americans Worried About U.S. Ebola Outbreak

An ambulance carrying Amber Vinson, the second health care worker to be diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, arrives at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Wednesday.
David Tulis AP

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 8:24 am

How are Americans sizing up the threat from Ebola?

A Harvard School of Public Health poll finds that more than a third of Americans (38 percent) are worried that Ebola will infect them or a family member over the next year.

Most (81 percent) believe Ebola can spread from someone who is sick and has symptoms. And that's correct.

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The Two-Way
7:06 am
Wed October 15, 2014

CDC: Second Dallas Nurse 'Should Not Have Traveled'

The entrance to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before he died from Ebola a week ago. Two health care workers who treated Duncan have tested positive for the disease.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 5:35 am

Updated at 8:43 p.m. ET

A second health care worker who has tested positive for the Ebola virus was airlifted from a Dallas hospital, where she became infected, to Emory University hospital in Atlanta for continued treatment on Wednesday.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says Amber Vinson, whom public records indicate is a nurse in Dallas, is "clinically stable" and that she was "quickly isolated" after her first test for Ebola came back positive on Tuesday.

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Health
6:54 am
Tue October 14, 2014

NC Health Agencies Mobilize Against Ebola

String-like Ebola virus particles are shedding from an infected cell in this electron micrograph.
Credit NIH/NIAID via Flickr/Creative Commons

State government leaders say North Carolina is well on the way to being prepared if an Ebola case is diagnosed within our borders.  A state epidemiologist says steps to isolate a contagious and potentially deadly case can be put in place without an emergency order from the governor.   Those actions can include quarantines of people and buildings.  

State DHHS secretary Aldona Wos says the appearance of the disease in this country is prompting many states to respond.

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Health
6:54 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Is North Carolina Prepared For Ebola?

This sign is at the Emergency Room entrance at UNC Hospitals. It was borrowed from the New York City Health Department.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The first diagnosed Ebola case in the United States and the first death, has raised awareness of the deadly disease from California to the Carolinas.

Hospitals and health professionals are especially on alert.  The state Department of Health and Human Services has been working closely with health care providers since the summer, to prepare for the possibility of an Ebola patient being diagnosed here.

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Health
8:42 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Wake County Health Officials Declare Themselves Ready For Ebola

Wake County health officials say protocols and protections are ready if a case of Ebola is diagnosed in the county or the state.

Wake County commissioners heard from health officials today on the county's readiness should an Ebola case be diagnosed here.  The leaders cited several calls of concern they've received from residents after the disease was discovered in a hospital patient in Texas. 

Wake County health experts say they are working with hospitals, universities and airport authorities to ensure the earliest warnings are given should a case appear in North Carolina.  

Brent Myers is the medical director for Wake County EMS.  He says the county's efforts are being replicated across the state.

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The Two-Way
8:59 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

American Cameraman, Working For NBC News, Tests Positive For Ebola

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 12:16 pm

Update: 4 a.m. ET Friday:

NBC news has identified the freelance cameraman who tested positive for Ebola as 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo. He was hired on Tuesday to be a second cameraman for the network's team covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Mukpo had been working in West Africa for the last three years on various projects.

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Health
6:03 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

What Is Nigeria Doing Right In The Ebola Crisis?

Today, the World Health Organization reported more than 2,900 people have died from Ebola in Western Africa. Amidst the growing epidemic, Nigeria has managed to escape much of the havoc.

Nigeria is Africa's most populous country by far, with more than 170 million people. Yet there have been only 20 confirmed cases and eight confirmed deaths from Ebola since July.   How has the country escaped widespread infection?

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