Fighting Ebola through music: Sierra Leone's Jimmy B and “Ebola 4 Go”

In his music video "Ebola 4 Go", Sierra Leone music star Jimmy Yeanie Bangura, aka “Jimmy B,” pays homage to the fight against Ebola.

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GamerGate metaphor: Woman pulls gun on ISIS member with ebola raping her pit bull

#GamerGate metaphor: Woman pulls #gun on #ISIS member with #ebola raping her pit bull in the most buzzword-filled news headline of the year.

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Passengers ebola joke triggers hazmat panic

When a dark-skinned man sneezed on a plane then joked about having ebola, the flight crew took no chances and called a team in hazardous material suits to escort him off the plane.

The passenger had never been in Africa. He did not have Ebola.

5 U.S. airports will begin screening travelers for Ebola

Pedestrians walk past a mural showing the symptoms of the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, September 26, 2014. [REUTERS/James Giahyue]


Pedestrians walk past a mural showing the symptoms of the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, September 26, 2014. [REUTERS/James Giahyue]

Federal officials today said that passengers arriving from West Africa will be screened for body temperature at five American airports. The first will be JFK in New York, as early as this weekend. Starting next week, travelers inbound from affected countries in Africa will also be screened at Washington Dulles International, O’Hare International, Hartsfield-Jackson International and Newark Liberty International. [NYT]

Questions over quality of care provided to first Ebola patient to die in US

A 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. In September 2014, Duncan became the first patient in the U.S. diagnosed with Ebola. He died today, October 8, 2014.


A 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. In September 2014, Duncan became the first patient in the U.S. diagnosed with Ebola. He died today, October 8, 2014.

“The death of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States renewed questions about his medical care and whether Thomas Eric Duncan's life could have been extended or saved if the Texas hospital where he first sought help had taken him in sooner.”

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100 people may have been exposed to Ebola via first U.S. patient, four are isolated

Pedestrians walk past a mural showing the symptoms of the Ebola virus in Monrovia

"Up to 100 people may have had contact with the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, and four people were quarantined in a Dallas apartment where sheets and other items used by the man were put in sealed plastic bags to prevent infection."—Reuters.

Image: In Monrovia, Liberia, people walk past a mural that shows the symptoms of the Ebola virus. [REUTERS/James Giahyue]

Facts about Ebola, from the CDC

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This infographic from the US Centers for Disease Control serves to dispel some of the panic spreading around the disease.

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Experimental drug 'likely saved' first two Americans with Ebola

  • Kent Brantly, a doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia, shown with colleagues in this undated photograph provided by Samaritan's Purse. Samaritan's Purse//Reuters


    Kent Brantly, a doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia, shown with colleagues in this undated photograph provided by Samaritan's Purse. Samaritan's Purse//Reuters

    CNN reports that an experimental treatment for Ebola known as ZMapp was "flown into Liberia last week in a last-ditch effort to save two American missionary workers who had contracted Ebola." So far, it has worked: both are still alive.

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  • African leaders attending summit with Obama in US first screened for Ebola

    "String-like Ebola virus peeling off an infected cell." Heinz Feldmann, Peter Jahrling, Elizabeth Fischer and Anita Mora, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health


    "String-like Ebola virus peeling off an infected cell." Heinz Feldmann, Peter Jahrling, Elizabeth Fischer and Anita Mora, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

    Heads of state attending The US-Africa Leaders Summit, held today through August 6, will first be screened to make sure they don't test positive for Ebola.

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    How much should you be worried about Ebola?

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    A very helpful chart with which to manage the outbreak of Ebola panic on social media.

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    American Ebola patient arrives at Atlanta hospital

    Kent Brantly, a doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia, shown with colleagues in this undated photograph provided by Samaritan's Purse. Samaritan's Purse//Reuters


    Kent Brantly, a doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia, shown with colleagues in this undated photograph provided by Samaritan's Purse. Samaritan's Purse//Reuters

    CNN reports that an American doctor who contracted Ebola in West Africa, where he worked for a medical charity, has been transported to Emory Hospital in Atlanta.

    "A specially equipped medical plane whisked Ebola-stricken Dr. Kent Brantly from Liberia to Georgia on Saturday," the network reports.

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    Ebola 'moving faster than our efforts to control it,' says World Health Organization

    "String-like Ebola virus peeling off an infected cell." Heinz Feldmann, Peter Jahrling, Elizabeth Fischer and Anita Mora, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health


    "String-like Ebola virus peeling off an infected cell." Heinz Feldmann, Peter Jahrling, Elizabeth Fischer and Anita Mora, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

    The World Health Organization's director said today that the ever-worsening Ebola outbreak is "moving faster than our efforts to control it."

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    Ebola in Uganda

    Yesterday, Xeni told you that the deadly virus Ebola has reemerged in Uganda. The disease has actually been infecting and killing people in the western part of the country for three weeks. We're hearing about it now, in big font, because some sources have reported that the disease has reached Kampala, the country's capital. (Other sources say only that one person infected with Ebola traveled to Kampala, and that there have been no reports of anyone catching the disease in that city.)

    The Kampala link is somewhat concerning. Previous Ebola outbreaks have centered on rural areas, villages, and mid-sized towns. With the exception of a handful of highly monitored cases that centered around research labs in the U.S. and Europe, and the case of a medical worker who accidentally brought the virus to Johannesburg, South Africa in 1996, Ebola has not previously found its way into any major global hubs of human life. Kampala may not be on your radar with New York, Tokyo, or London, but air travel and money give it strong ties to the rest of the world and population density gives it a much larger number of potential victims within striking distance.

    But here is a key thing about Ebola—it's scary as hell, but it burns itself out pretty fast and it's not that easy to spread. On average, Ebola kills a majority of the people it infects, and it kills them quickly. The time between infection and onset of symptoms ranges from two to 21 days. That means the virus only has so long to find new hosts. Meanwhile, Ebola isn't airborne. To catch it, you have to have contact with infected blood or bodily fluids. Historically, it's been a disease of people and their medical workers, or people and their immediate families. In rural communities, Ebola can burn through the small, isolated population and find itself with nowhere to go in the span of a couple months.

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    Uganda: Ebola's back

    The president of Uganda has "banned all physical contact" as the deadly Ebola virus is reported in the city's capital, Kampala, for the first time. “The Ministry of Health are tracing all the people who have had contact with the victims,” president Yoweri Museveni said in a state broadcast. 14 have died of Ebola in Uganda in the past 3 weeks. (via @seanbonner)