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Commentary: First US-Contracted Ebola Patient Declared Disease-Free

To the panicky-Petes out there…Mr Thomas Eric Duncan was SYMPTOMATIC and in the community for approximately 4 days after he was sent home from the Emergency Room the first time with fever and gastroenteritis (and given antibiotics, which is another subject altogether).   Despite this, only Nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson are known to have contracted the illness from him.   The 3 week deadline from his ultimate isolation on Sept 28 is over.  There has been no great outbreak of Ebola in Dallas, and one is not expected in NYC from Dr Craig Allen …

Why We Know Ebola Still Isn’t Easy to Contract (Commentary)

Just some quick math to set your mind at ease:

If Ebola were EASY to transmit, there would be a MUCH larger burden of cases in the world right now. Let me show you with math.

Let’s be conservative and say this outbreak started January 1st with one patient. Let’s say this person infected 10 other people, who then infected 10 other people, and so on. With an incubation period of 21 days, and assuming that people can’t transmit the disease until they are symptomatic, it’s pretty easy to calculate where we would be if the above were anywhere close to reality.  (Remember, I’m …

Finally Some Good Ebola News

What Texas can learn from Nigeria when it comes to containing Ebola
By Elahe Izadi October 4 at 7:43 AM

While devastating reports continue to stream out of West Africa, where the deadly virus has overwhelmed already weak public health systems and left thousands of people dead, and anxiety grips the United States over the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the country, one nation serves as an example of hope: Nigeria, which appears to have successfully contained Ebola.

As concerns spread over U.S. hospital readiness, there are some lessons to be learned from Nigeria, where officials managed to get …

What’s Scary About Ebola, Reasons Not to Fear It

from abc.com

What’s Scary About Ebola, Reasons Not to Fear It

WASHINGTON — Aug 9, 2014, 9:48 AM ET
By CONNIE CASS Associated Press


The United States’ top disease detective calls Ebola a “painful, dreadful, merciless virus.”

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak in West Africa an international emergency, killing more than 900 people and spreading.

That’s scary and serious. But it also cries out for context.

AIDS alone takes more than a million lives per year in Africa — a thousand times the …

Ebola News 08-05-14: Isolating Possible US Cases

From ABC News


Hospitals across the country are isolating and testing potential Ebola patients, erring on the side of caution as the largest Ebola outbreak to date rages in West Africa.

A 46-year-old Columbus, Ohio, woman who recently traveled to one of the three countries affected by the outbreak is being held in isolation at a local hospital, the Columbus health department said today. She was hospitalized several days ago but is “doing well” as she awaits Ebola test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which are expected today or Wednesday, the health department said.

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