Tag Archives: Ebola

Are W. Africans “Guinea Pigs” in Ebola Vaccine Trials?

[Above image: An Ebola isolation ward in the Congo, 2012. Courtesy: Brian Bird, Ph.D] The World Health Organization (WHO) is under fire for its management of a study in Guinea testing a Merck Ebola vaccine. According to an article in the current edition of The Lancet medical journal, critics allege some patients are getting inadequate […]

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NYT: CDC Makes Horrible Ebola Lab Error

(Above image: Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine – PLoS Pathogens, November 2008. Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles.) The New York Times reports that Centers for Disease Control (CDC) experts have made a crucial error resulting in possibly exposing a technician to the deadly Ebola virus. The mistake highlights the point of the […]

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CDC: More Than 1,400 People in U.S. Being Actively Monitored for Ebola

[Above: Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles. Courtesy: Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine.] The killer virus Ebola may not be front and center in the news, but it’s still in the forefront of efforts by health officials nationwide. As of today, more than 1,400 people in 44 states in the U.S. are […]

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Ebola Missteps Despite Billions of Tax Dollars

Click here for my latest video report on Ebola. Written version below. Click link below to hear global health expert Larry Gostin weigh in on use of Ebola as terrorist weapon and other Ebola questions. (Click “national” on the right side of the page and, on the menu, click “A Global Health Expert Goes One on One”) WASHINGTON […]

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Govt. Announces New Ebola Safety Measures

(Above Image: Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles. Courtesy: Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine) It turns out when CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said officials were doing “everything we can to protect Americans” from the threat of Ebola, it wasn’t quite everything. Two federal agencies have announced new plans to enhance […]

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Ebola’s U.S. Spread: What’s Going Wrong?

(Above image: Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine – PLoS Pathogens, November 2008, Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles.) First published Oct. 15, 2014 More U.S. Ebola cases expected Infectious disease experts challenge CDC view that Ebola is “not airborne” Public health official worries about “The Tylenol Scenario” With today’s announcement of a […]

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Senate Republicans to Obama: Stop Issuing Visas to Ebola Nations

(Above image: President Obama talks with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas in the Oval Office, Oct. 16, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Today, Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans fired off a letter addressed personally to President Obama expressing “grave concerns” about the lack of an Ebola travel ban and criticizing his “seemingly inflexible position.” […]

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Ebola: Officials Sound the Alarm

(Above image: Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles. Courtesy: Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine) Public health and policy officials believe a big part of their job is preventing panic: Panic breeds behavior that can spread infectious disease. So when some of these health professionals begin speaking in alarming terms, there is […]

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US Health Officials See Ebola Case in Texas as Success Story?

At a White House briefing today, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell declared, “These processes work.” She was referring to the systems in place since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa last March. It’s hard to imagine a bigger disconnect between the optimistic tone of today’s news conference and the reality that some ordinary Americans […]

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How Ebola Spread (Map)

PBS Frontline has put together a graphic map that shows how the current Ebola outbreak began and spread. Click through the graphic slides to see. By the way, Frontline was the recipient of four Emmy awards this week. Check out its investigative journalism. PBS Frontline: How Ebola Spread Share      

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