Experimental therapies, shipped to the DRC for its last outbreak, are still in the country
The country has been roiled by nine outbreaks of the disease
Public health workers are preparing to roll out inoculations even as the disease has spread to an urban location
Denial, violence and fear make it difficult to stamp out Ebola in west Africa
A combination treatment of antibodies and virus-fighting proteins prevented death from the Ebola-Zaire strain in some primates, even when administered three days after infection
Health care emergency management expert Kristin Stevens tells us what went wrong in Dallas, and how we can do better
The newly developed device improves survival in rats after severe infections with everything from E. coli to Ebola
A panel of experts from the World Health Organization says blood plasma and whole blood transfusions should have priority—for now
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.
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.
An RNA-based treatment may stop the Ebola virus in its tracks
Weeks ahead remain fraught with uncertainty as pathogen jumps borders and appears in Africa’s largest city
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"
The animals were spared from Marburg virus even when treated three days after infection
As the virus spreads in West Africa, a graphic offers a guide to the case count and transmission figures that matter
Gaps in immunization could cause as many deaths as the current epidemic itself
The World Health Organization's announcement could shift the focus to basic public health
Virus sickens a nurse's assistant attending to an Ebola patient in Spain
Techniques used in the U.S. to treat symptoms and subdue the virus in patients could work overseas, Bruce Ribner says
Thousands of gorillas in the Republic of Congo fall victim to the nastiest strain of the hemorrhagic virus
The virus spreading in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has led to food shortages and neglect of other devastating tropical illnesses
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
Everybody and his uncle, it seems, has an idea of something that might work to cure people infected with the deadly virus
Infected gorillas and chimps butchered for meat may be behind Ebola outbreaks. David Biello reports
“Against stupidity, even the gods strive in vain.” — Fredirich Schiller I've been glued to the Ebola news, riding the roller coaster of emotions.
Among a group of 82 Ebola survivors in Liberia, nearly all had some neurologic problems six months or longer after they were infected
The virus remains unchecked because of the lack of a global effort to implement emergency public-health measures
The WHO and the CDC have revised guidelines on personal protective equipment for health care workers, but concerns over wearing too much or too little gear persist
There is little risk of the deadly virus spreading to the U.S., experts say
A Spanish nurse who contracted the virus is just one of hundreds infected while battling the deadly disease, often with substandard equipment and safety protocols
The lethal virus is killing health care workers and causing ripple effects for pregnant women in west Africa
The latest outbreak in humans represents not just the most recent but also most deadly among several incidents dating back to 1976
Why do some viruses go airborne? Will the pathogen causing the west African outbreak be one of them?
Dallas hospital is treating traveler from Liberia
Critical care at Dallas hospital failed to prevent patient from succumbing to virus acquired in Liberia
A rush of new research has found evidence that some RNA viruses made their way into vertebrate genomes millions of years ago
Sleeplessness, along with abdominal and joint pain are common even months after recovery from the dreaded virus
Two people in the southern region of Nzerekore, where the Ebola outbreak began in 2013, have tested positive for the virus
The number of Ebola cases appear to be dropping in Liberia—but what will it take to stamp out the disease?
New Ebola guidelines for hospitals may help, but workers need training and support to be adequately prepared for new cases
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
Health authorities scramble to figure out what went wrong with containment
What we can learn from the boot leather, organization and quick response times that stopped Ebola from spreading in this African nation
An Ebola patient produces up to 40 times more waste than other patients. This and other challenges, including too-small airstrips, complicate the fight against the virus
No new cases have been reported for two weeks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Scientists report that domestic pigs harbor Reston ebolavirus, the only Ebola species that has not caused disease in humans
As fewer people get sick, the trials may need to include more participants than planned to deliver usable results
By attacking the body's first responders, the virus cripples the immune system before it can mount an effective defense
Why scientists continue to be perplexed by how to define the outbreak that has killed 7,000
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.
Although the virus is exerting a heavy toll in West Africa, it does not spread easily
As more patients recover from the infection, what risk do they pose to their sexual partners?
Organizers of tropical medicine meeting to offer refunds, swap out speakers
The World Health Organization is testing a handful of experimental vaccines. Hundreds of thousands of doses could be available before the end of June
Material from deadly pathogens triggers alerts directly, and could speed detection
Transporting patients to care facilities may be exacerbating the Ebola epidemic in west Africa
Can beefed up U.S. aid stem the tide of Ebola deaths in the months ahead?
By pinpointing the virus’s source, a new report validates steps health care workers are taking to battle the disease
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
What rules are in place to prevent pandemics?
The airplane transport isolators being used to fly Ebola patients for treatment have origins in the 2003 SARS epidemic
Finding could lead to new therapies to thwart spread of this contagious, and mostly fatal disease
Health officials scale-up efforts to trace infected traveler’s contacts
Texas health authorities report a second health care worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for Ebola
Web sites devour piles of disease-related information but still keep a person in the loop to help make sense of the data glut
Health authorities in Spain have confirmed that a health worker at the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, Spain has been infected with the Ebola virus.
The coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by U.S. media has often seemed unremittingly grim. So it was with some trepidation that I boarded a plane for Sierra Leone.
A World Health Organization official says scenes from the epidemic will stay with him for years to come
New findings are informing how to care for Ebola survivors and their communities
Supplies are limited, and deciding who gets treatment is difficult
President Obama has pledged up to 3,000 personnel as well to stem the outbreak in West Africa
The new strategy will cover 94 percent of passengers arriving from virus-laden countries in Africa
What would it take to hijack the virus in west Africa and turn it into a bioterror agent elsewhere?
Health care is decimated, leaving the region more vulnerable than ever to infectious diseases
How New York City’s Bellevue Hospital prepared to treat a potential Ebola patient
Mathematical epidemiology projects more than half of the Ebola infectious will have to be isolated to prevent the disease's long growth tail
It will take international support and winning the public’s trust to stop the Ebola outbreak in west Africa
New clues from Guinea yield tantalizing pieces of the puzzle
Fruit bats are the most likely carriers of Ebola but it is human-to-human transmission that matters most now
Just as the CDC’s and other experts’ thoughts on Ebola and infection control have evolved with experience, mine have taken a slight twist as well.
From Liberia in an exclusive Scientific American report, victims say they are tormented by brain deficits and more. A new study hints at hidden virus remnants or immune system overreactions