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  • 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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    September 2, 2014  

    A public health official warned that “the window is closing” to keep the growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa from spreading to other regions. Meanwhile, another American doctor in Monrovia, Liberia, was reported to have tested positive for the virus. Jonathan Miller of Independent Television News reports on a chaotic scene in Monrovia Monday, involving a man who fled from a quarantine center. Continue reading

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    August 29, 2014  

    The Ebola virus has now reached a fifth country. Officials announced a Guinean student in Senegal was confirmed to have the disease. Meanwhile, a new report traces the deadly outbreak to a funeral in Guinea near the Sierra Leone border. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Stephen Gire of Harvard University about his on-the-ground experience in Sierra Leone and the latest on how the virus has spread. Continue reading

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    May 29, 2014  

    The public health transformation in Rwanda is striking for those with memories of the massacre of nearly one million people 20 years ago. International aid groups were initially wary about getting involved, but Rwanda took ownership of its own development and built a new health care system. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro explores how they’ve worked to overcome a shortage of doctors. Continue reading

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