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Ebola: What You Need to Know

As Ebola outbreaks occur again and again, the scramble for answers and medications is ongoing

CDC Launches Ebola Response Team

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
Clay Jenkins and Zachary Thompson are Ebola Heroes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
The Ebola Outbreak: Hopeful News from the Front Lines

The Ebola Outbreak: Hopeful News from the Front Lines

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.

October 23, 2014 — Melvin Kohn, M.D., M.P.H.

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

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
Why Ebola Is a Wake Up for Infection Control

Why Ebola Is a Wake Up for Infection Control

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.

October 23, 2014 — Judy Stone

Why Ebola Survivors Struggle with New Symptoms

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

February 29, 2016 — Seema Yasmin