Ebola

Health
6:01 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

North Carolina Uniquely Positioned In Ebola Fight

Credit Leoneda Inge

North Carolina boasts many resources when it comes to combating the Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa. Two pharmaceutical companies are developing potential vaccines. Duke University Hospital has proven its ability to treat potential Ebola patients, while UNC has students helping to track the spread of the disease in Liberia. Soldiers from Fort Bragg have been enlisted in the ground effort.

All these resources are part of not only fighting the virus overseas, but protecting North Carolinians.

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Health
8:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

North Carolina Nurses Demand High Ebola Protection Standards

National Nurses United organized numerous protests across 12 states and in other countries to call for higher safety standards to protect health care workers from Ebola.
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Nurses gathered outside the VA Hospital in Durham Wednesday to raise awareness about the risk Ebola poses to healthcare workers. It was part of an international effort, urging hospitals to adopt the highest preparedness standards for staff who might potentially treat a patient with Ebola. 

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Health
6:04 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Duke Patient Who's Tested Negative For Ebola So Far Poses No Health Risk

String-like Ebola virus particles are shedding from an infected cell in this electron micrograph.
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State health officials say a patient at Duke University Hospital who so far has tested negative for the Ebola virus has posed no risk to the general public.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos and others held a call-in news conference Monday afternoon to talk about the patient, who arrived in the U.S. from Liberia on Saturday.

The patient, who remains anonymous, is currently in an isolation ward at Duke, after reporting a fever while traveling by bus to North Carolina from New Jersey.

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Health
8:15 am
Thu October 30, 2014

UNC Bars Students From West Africa; NC DHHS Takes Measured Approach To Returning Aid Workers

U.S. states vary on Ebola quarantine protocols.
Credit Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine / Wikipedia

UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor Carol Folt and leaders at UNC Health Care are prohibiting student travel to Ebola-stricken nations.  University faculty and staff must have approval before traveling to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone.

New York and New Jersey are requiring people returning from Ebola-affected areas of Africa to stay in quarantine for three weeks. That's the incubation period for the disease. 

But North Carolina does not have such a mandate.

This week, Health Secretary Aldona Wos outlined the state's protocols for people returning from West Africa.

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Health
8:52 am
Thu October 23, 2014

NC Health Officials Mobilize Against Ebola

North Carolina is ramping up preparation efforts in case of an Ebola diagnosis.
Credit Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine / Wikipedia

North Carolina health and safety officials are building a united front to prepare against the Ebola virus.

State Health and Human Services secretary Aldona Wos announced at a press conference yesterday that the Centers for Disease Control has named North Carolina's State Laboratory of Public Health to be a regional hub to test potential Ebola specimens.

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Health
8:43 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Chapel Hill Librarians Helping Ebola Fight In West Africa

String-like Ebola virus particles are shedding from an infected cell in this electron micrograph.
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Some Chapel Hill librarians are joining in the effort  to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. A non-profit group called WiderNet is making information available to those without Internet access.

WiderNet's project director, Cliff Missen, says only two percent of people in Liberia and Sierra Leone have an Internet connection -- that includes health care workers.

"What we do is something completely different," says Missen. 

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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

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 6:28 pm

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.
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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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