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NBC News Freelancer Wants Ebola Focus on West Africa, Mom Says

Although the world has watched the progress of an NBC News freelancer who was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus and is recovering at a Nebraska hospital, Ashoka Mukpo’s parents said their son would likely rather the attention be paid to the West African countries that have been ravaged by the disease.

“He went there with the idea of shedding light on the pain and suffering that this epidemic has caused to the Liberian people and now the light is being shone on him for what’s going on, and I think he’s definitely uncomfortable with that,” Dr. Mitchell Levy, Mukpo’s father, said Tuesday. “I think he’s already thinking about rededicating his efforts to what comes next.” Read more

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NBC News Freelancer Wants Ebola Focus on West Africa, Mom Says

Although the world has watched the progress of an NBC News freelancer who was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus and is recovering at a Nebraska hospital, Ashoka Mukpo’s parents said their son would likely rather the attention be paid to the West African countries that have been ravaged by the disease.

“He went there with the idea of shedding light on the pain and suffering that this epidemic has caused to the Liberian people and now the light is being shone on him for what’s going on, and I think he’s definitely uncomfortable with that,” Dr. Mitchell Levy, Mukpo’s father, said Tuesday. “I think he’s already thinking about rededicating his efforts to what comes next.” Read more

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Obama, European leaders to discuss Ebola epidemic on Wednesday

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a meeting with more than 20 foreign defense chiefs to discuss the coalition efforts in the ongoing campaign against ISIL at Joint Base Andrews in Washington October 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a meeting with more than 20 foreign defense chiefs to discuss the coalition efforts in the ongoing campaign against ISIL at Joint Base Andrews in Washington October 14, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama will hold a video conference on Wednesday with British, French, German, and Italian leaders to discuss the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and other pressing international issues, the White House said.

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This Tech Billionaire Wants to Stamp Out Ebola

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife announced Tuesday they are donating $25 million to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control foundation to fight the Ebola crisis that has killed more than 4,440 people in west Africa. Read more

Better Ebola Response May Have Prevented Nurse’s Case

Health care workers wait for the arrival of a possible Ebola patient at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Oct. 8, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

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The nation’s top health official said today he regrets not sending a larger team of experts to Texas when the first case of Ebola was diagnosed, a move he said may have prevented a Dallas nurse from getting infected.

President Obama said today that his administration is “surging resources into Dallas” to examine how nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola while helping to care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, and ensure “all lessons learned” will be applied across the country.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that from now on a “CDC Ebola response team” will be ready to reach a hospital “within hours” of a reported case of Ebola.

“I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the first patient was diagnosed. That might have prevented infection,” Frieden said at a news conference today. “We will do that from today onward with any case in the U.S.” Read more

US begins Ebola vaccine testing in humans

A scanning electron micrograph of the Ebola virus. (Cynthia Goldsmith | CDC)

Officials began testing a Canadian-made Ebola vaccine on human volunteers in the United States Monday.

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research enlisted 39 healthy volunteers for the trial, and injected the first subject with the VSV-EBOV vaccine in phase 1 of testing Monday.

Canada supplied 20 vials of the vaccine for the trial, which medical officials will be monitoring predominately throughout the phase 1 trial for safety, and also to determine proper dosage level.

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In Spain, Ebola Finds a Country Where Wounds Are Self-Inflicted

A health worker on Sunday at an isolation ward on the sixth floor of the Carlos III hospital in Madrid.
By JIM YARDLEY
October 14, 2014

MADRID — The scene conveyed a First World precision: An elderly Spanish priest, stricken with Ebola in Liberia, arrived in Madrid on a special military jet. A helicopter buzzed overhead as ambulances transported him for treatment. Expressing confidence in the preparations, a Spanish health official said the risk of the virus spreading was “virtually nil.”

There was just one problem: the city’s infectious disease center had been mostly dismantled as part of a government cost-cutting plan and a temporary Ebola ward would have to be hurriedly constructed.

After the priest died on Aug. 12, the unit was closed again, and the same exercise repeated when a second Ebola-infected priest was airlifted from West Africa in September. He died two days later, and last week an auxiliary nurse who changed his diaper and helped clean his bed was found to have the disease. Read more

Why Blood Transfusions From Ebola Survivor Could Help Patients

 

Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, pictured here in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 17, 2014, has helped U.S. Ebola patients by donating his blood for transfusions.

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Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly has donated the plasma in his blood to three patients in the last month, echoing what one of his former patients did for him before he left Liberia.

Brantly was caring for sick Ebola patients with the aid group Samaritan’s Purse in Monrovia, Liberia, when he became the first American diagnosed with Ebola in late July. His condition was worsening before he was flown to the United States in an air ambulance, but before he left, one of his former patients, a 14-year-old Ebola survivor, gave him “a unit of blood” for a transfusion, according to Samaritan’s Purse.

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Watch Live: Health Officials Discuss Latest Ebola Battle Plan


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