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Ebola: What You Need to Know

As Ebola crisis unfolds in West Africa, the scramble for answers and medications is ongoing

  • August 5, 2014

Is Ebola Here to Stay?

Why scientists continue to be perplexed by how to define the outbreak that has killed 7,000

December 29, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron

Where Does Ebola Hide?

Fruit bats are the most likely carriers of Ebola but it is human-to-human transmission that matters most now

October 14, 2014 — David Biello

Is the Blood of Ebola Survivors an Effective Treatment?

When the World Health Organization recently named blood transfusions from Ebola survivors as its priority experimental therapy for the disease ravaging west Africa there was only one major problem: no data indicating that such transfusions work.

December 1, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron

CDC Launches Ebola Response Team

In the two days since the second U.S. Ebola patient was diagnosed, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has assembled a new team to battle the threat of Ebola.

October 14, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

David Quammen: The Spillover of Animal Infections to Humans

David Quammen talks about his latest book, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic. From his Web site: "The next big and murderous human pandemic, the one that kills us in millions, will be caused by a new disease--new to humans, anyway. The bug that's responsible will be strange, unfamiliar, but it won't come from outer space. Odds are that the killer pathogen--most likely a virus--will spill over into humans from a nonhuman animal"

November 18, 2012 — Steve Mirsky

Clay Jenkins and Zachary Thompson are Ebola Heroes

All last week CDC officials reiterated their conclusion—based on nearly 40 years worth of successfully containing past outbreaks—that you cannot catch the Ebola virus from people who are infected unless they have already begun suffering a fever or started showing other signs of illnesses.

October 6, 2014 — Christine Gorman
Hospitals on the Lookout for Ebola Patients

Hospitals on the Lookout for Ebola Patients

Howard University Hospital in D.C. is the latest facility to report a suspect patient in isolation, but so far only a Dallas visitor has tested positive for the virus

October 3, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron
When Ebola Came to Liberia

When Ebola Came to Liberia

It will take international support and winning the public’s trust to stop the Ebola outbreak in west Africa

August 6, 2014 — Tolbert Nyenswah
Artificial Spleen Cleans Ebola from Blood

Artificial Spleen Cleans Ebola from Blood

The newly developed device improves survival in rats after severe infections with everything from E. coli to Ebola

September 14, 2014 — Sara Reardon and Nature magazine
Ebola's Relentless Tides: A Timeline [Updated]

Ebola's Relentless Tides: A Timeline [Updated]

The latest outbreak in humans represents not just the most recent but also most deadly among several incidents dating back to 1976

November 26, 2014 — Nicholas St. Fleur and Dina Fine Maron

Ebola Expert Update

Scientific American health and medicine correspondent Dina Fine Maron talks about Ebola with tropical medicine and infectious disease expert Daniel Bausch of Tulane University at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

 

November 5, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron and Steve Mirsky

Plan Now for Future Ebola Outbreaks

Diagnostics, vaccines and new drugs could vastly improve the way future Ebola outbreaks manifest in Africa, according to emerging infectious disease expert Jeremy Farrar. Steve Mirsky reports

 

October 31, 2014 — Steve Mirsky

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