When Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, hugged Dallas nurse Nina Pham on Friday it was as much to combat the stigma surrounding the deadly virus as to celebrate her being free of Ebola.
Fauci said it was an honor to treat Pham and get to know "such an extraordinary individual." Pham said she felt "fortunate and blessed" and put her trust "in God and my medical team."
Pham later met with President Obama in the Oval Office. The president and the nurse also hugged as news photographers captured the moment.
Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 11:09 am
Health officials are saying it. Scientists are saying it. Heck, even many journalists are saying it: "The risk of Ebola infection remains vanishingly small in this country," The New York Timeswrote Wednesday.
But what does that mean? Are you more likely to be struck by lightning or catch Ebola?
Community health centers have been busier than usual. They’re seeing more patients, many of them newly insured.
The centers, which provide care for mostly low income families, are meeting the demand by branching out to remote, underserved communities. But the challenge now is finding enough providers to staff these clinics.
Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 6:21 am
When Ebola began killing people in the Monrovia suburb of Clara Town several months ago, some residents blamed vaccines.
One vaccinator in the town says mothers didn't want her near their babies.
"They had a notion that when the people come to the hospital, we would inject them and kill them," says vaccinator Che Che Richardson at the Clara Town Health Center, "because it was the hospital giving the people Ebola."
Rumors like that, combined with the closing of many health facilities, have caused childhood vaccinations rates to plummet in Liberia.
Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 11:09 am
Ebola has rightly gripped the world's attention, but its death toll pales in comparison to other infectious diseases like tuberculosis. TB is the world's second leading infectious killer, after HIV/AIDS, and it's claiming more victims than previously thought — 1.5 million last year alone — according to a report released today by the World Health Organization.
Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 4:19 pm
Saturday, the 21st of September, is a day I will never forget in my life.
I was out working with MSF [Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders] as a health promotion officer in Foya, in the north of Liberia, visiting villages and telling people about Ebola: how to protect themselves and their families, what to do if they start to develop symptoms and making sure everyone has the MSF hotline number to call.
Later that night, my brother called me. "Your wife has died." I said, "What?" He said, "Bendu is dead."
Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 10:59 am
Ron Klain, a former White House adviser, has been appointed to head U.S. efforts to combat Ebola.
A White House official says Klain "will report directly to the president's Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco and ... National Security Adviser Susan Rice as he ensures that efforts to protect the American people by detecting, isolating and treating Ebola patients in this country are properly integrated but don't distract from the aggressive commitment to stopping Ebola at the source in West Africa."