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    October 17, 2014  

    The Obama administration named Ron Klain as the nation’s Ebola Response coordinator. The White House emphasized Klain, the former chief of staff to two Democratic vice presidents, was selected for his background as an implementation expert. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

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    October 6, 2014  

    Authorities have stressed the low likelihood of a Ebola breakout in the United States, but questions regarding the Dallas case and the effectiveness of airport screening have raised concern. Jeffrey Brown gets an update from Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases about the use of experimental drugs to treat the virus. Continue reading

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    October 3, 2014  

    A team collected potentially contaminated objects from the Dallas apartment complex where Ebola patient Thomas Duncan stayed before being hospitalized. Crews also cleaned schools attended by children who were exposed to Duncan. Meanwhile, health officials said they narrowed the group of people being monitoring. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the questions raised about Duncan’s handling. Continue reading

  • A hazmat team member arrives to clean a unit at the Ivy Apartments, where the confirmed Ebola virus patient was staying, on October 3, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Public health experts are saying the government has constitutional authority to conduct screenings and quarantines for Ebola. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
    October 3, 2014  

    Why was Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan initially turned away from the hospital even though he had symptoms of the disease? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Stephan Morris of the Center for Strategic and International Studies about lessons from the handling of the first case of the disease in the U.S. Continue reading

  • Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died Wednesday, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas confirmed. Photo by Mike Stone/Getty Images
    October 3, 2014   BY  

    Hospitals compete for patients, and Emergency Departments play a big role in business. So what happens to business when a hospital takes on a patient with Ebola?

    On Thursday afternoon, there was no wait time at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital’s emergency room in Dallas. Continue reading

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    October 1, 2014  

    The first patient in the U.S. to be diagnosed with Ebola was identified as Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian visiting the U.S. Though he was checked for signs of fever before boarding a place in Monrovia in September, he was not sick then. Meanwhile, Texas state health officials tried to assure the public that Dallas is equipped to stop Ebola’s spread. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, Director Tom Frieden shows an awareness poster as he testifies before Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee hearing on "Combating the Ebola Threat" at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC, on Aug. 7, 2014. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
    October 1, 2014  

    Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control, speaks with Hari Sreenivasan about the tools of the American health system being deployed to isolate and stop the Ebola virus from spreading in the U.S., and the likelihood that people in other regions of the world may become infected. Continue reading

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    September 16, 2014  

    The United States will offer 3,000 troops and financial help to health care systems in West Africa that are overwhelmed by Ebola. President Obama announced that U.S. forces will build new treatment facilities, airlift hundreds of thousands of home health kits and train and treat health care workers. Meanwhile, the WHO predicts that infections will double every three weeks. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • A banner explains Ebola prevention measures and symptoms of the disease in Dolo's Town, east of Monrovia, Liberia in this Sept. 2 photo by Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images.
    September 3, 2014   BY  

    Despite world health agencies’ best efforts to clamp down on ever-increasing Ebola outbreaks, people in West Africa who are in the center of the virus’ path are finding it hard to get accurate information and proper medical care, United Nations officials who recently visited the region said Wednesday. Continue reading

    September 2, 2014  

    The international head of Doctors Without Borders has charged that many of the efforts to curtail the Ebola outbreak in West Africa have actually made it worse. Jeffrey Brown joins director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, who just returned from surveying the situation in West Africa, to discuss the impediments to containing the disease, and the prospects of it spreading. Continue reading

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