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Scientist Who Helped Identify Ebola in 1976 Optimistic On Current Outbreaki
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December 02, 2014 9:36 PM
The Ebola virus was identified in the 1970s in a tiny village in the Democratic Republic of Congo - where an intrepid team of researchers ventured to learn more. Among them was United States-born David Heymann, now a Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to the professor about his career, and his thoughts on the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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Video Scientist Who Helped Identify Ebola in 1976 Optimistic On Current Outbreak

The Ebola virus was identified in the 1970s in a tiny village in the Democratic Republic of Congo - where an intrepid team of researchers ventured to learn more. Among them was United States-born David Heymann, now a Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to the professor about his career, and his thoughts on the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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Video African Stars Give ‘Band Aid 30’ Ebola Track Cool Welcome

Dozens of British music stars have come together to record a new version of the song ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ to raise money for the fight against Ebola. But as Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the song has not been universally welcomed in Africa - where local music stars have recorded their own Ebola single.
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Video Sierra Leonean in US Sends Medical Supplies Home to Combat Ebola

On Thanksgiving day in the United States, Americans give thanks for their blessings. Among them is Bobby Smith, who emigrated to here 25 years ago from Sierra Leone. To give back, three years ago Smith began a small volunteer organization, Hope for Lives in Sierra Leone, to help the disadvantaged in his homeland -- one of the poorest countries in the world. As VOA’s Deborah Block reports, he now is sending medical supplies to help combat Ebola, which continues to devastate Sierra Leone.
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Video VOA EXCLUSIVE: Hotel in Guangzhou Serves as China’s Loose Ebola Quarantine

Like many countries, China is taking extensive steps to keep the deadly Ebola virus from reaching its shores. But the government has released little information about just what those measures include. During a recent visit to China’s southern port Guangzhou, the city with the biggest African population in all of Asia, VOA’s Bill Ide got a first hand look at the hotel where travelers from Ebola hit countries are required to stay while being monitored by health workers.
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Video Mali Attempts to Shut Down Ebola Transmission Chain

Senegal and Nigeria were able to stop small Ebola outbreaks by closely monitoring those who had contact with the sick person and quickly isolating anyone with symptoms. Mali is now scrambling to do the same. VOA’s Anne Look reports from Mali on what the country is doing to shut down the chain of transmission.
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Video Better Protective Suit Sought for Ebola Caregivers

Since its outbreak in West Africa, Ebola has claimed more than 5,400 lives — including 329 health care workers, according to the World Health Organization. A team from a university in Maryland is working to improve protective equipment for these doctors and nurses. VOA’s June Soh reports.
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Video World Health Organization in Spotlight Over ‘Slow’ Ebola Response

The head of the World Health Organization has said the institution will be judged "by history" on its response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. There has been widespread criticism of the global response to the crisis, with accusations that poor coordination between institutions has cost precious time and resources. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video US Defense Secretary Rallies Troops Deploying to West Africa

The United States has sent about 2,200 troops to West Africa to help in the battle against Ebola. About half of the soldiers come from the army base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb visited Fort Campbell with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to get a firsthand look at the training the team undergoes ahead of their deployment. ((NAT))
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Video Quarantines for Ebola Health Workers Don't Stop the Disease

Fear of Ebola has spread around the world. Some countries have closed their borders to citizens of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. In the United States, returning health workers have been verbally attacked and, in at least one case, confined to an unheated outdoor tent in chilly autumn temperatures. VOA's Carol Pearson looks at what quarantines actually achieve. Faith Lapidus narrates.
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Video WHO: Number of New Ebola Cases in West Africa Leveling Off

The World Health Organization says the number of new Ebola infections in West Africa is about the same as it was the week before, with a rise in some areas and a decline in others. The United Nations has called for more international help to stem the outbreak, which has infected thousands of people in the region and killed about 5,000. U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for more than $6 billion to combat the Ebola virus at its source. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Ebola Misery in Liberia's Capital Monrovia

There have now been more than 4,800 reported deaths from Ebola, with Liberia the worst affected country. Around 50 new cases are being reported every day in the capital Monrovia. BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse reports from Monrovia on the risks front-line workers are facing.
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Video Maryland Troops Join the Ebola Fight in Liberia

The U.S. military has already provided hundreds of troops to help fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa, and this week another 22 are leaving their families and friends in Maryland to join that fight. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb attended their departure ceremony at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and she found a young group eager to make a difference.
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Video US Health Official Criticizes Ebola Quarantine Protocols in NY, NJ

Divisions have emerged between top U.S. health officials and two state governors who imposed rigorous quarantine protocols for American medical professionals returning from Ebola-stricken African nations. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports that New York and neighboring New Jersey took steps on their own after New York registered its first Ebola case - that of a Doctors Without Borders physician who had worked in the West African nation of Guinea.
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Video Despite Gains, Obama Still Facing Ebola Criticism

The release of recovering Ebola patient Nina Pham from a Washington area hospital on Friday was a boost for the Obama administration, which has come under intense criticism for its handling of the Ebola cases that have so far appeared on U.S. soil. As VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports, that scrutiny continued Friday on Capitol Hill.
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Video Yale Researchers Project 90,000 Ebola Deaths In Monrovia Alone

The latest figures from the World Health Organization show that Ebola epidemic has claimed nearly 5,000 lives, mostly in West Africa. But as we hear from VOA's Carol Pearson, that number could be 18 times greater in just one county in Liberia within two months.
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Video US Forms Rapid Response Teams for Ebola

The United States is forming medical teams that will rush to any part of the country where a new Ebola case is suspected. The Centers for Disease Control Ebola Response Teams, or CERTs for short, are made up of experts who are specially trained to diagnose and treat Ebola. Preparatory teams called Facility Assessment and Support Teams, or FASTs, will check hospitals that have volunteered to treat Ebola patients to make sure they can handle an Ebola case. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Physicians Call on African Leaders to Step Up in Fight Against Ebola

While the Ebola outbreaks in Senegal and Nigeria were recently declared over, transmission of the disease remains persistent and widespread in the three most affected countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Health experts from countries that have dealt successfully with past Ebola outbreaks tell VOA's Mariama Diallo that the leaders of those currently-affected nations must switch their focus in order to start seeing some positive changes.
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Video West Accused of Draining African Ebola-hit Countries of Doctors

Health systems in the West African countries worst hit by Ebola are struggling to contain the epidemic. A report from a British charity accuses Western countries of recruiting hundreds of doctors and nurses from Africa, severely weakening the frontline health services in the very countries where the disease has taken hold. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

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As Long as Ebola is Present, Avoid Bush Meati
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November 25, 2014 7:36 PM
If you hunt, handle, or eat bush meat, you must take caution. Certain animals such as bats, monkeys, chimpanzees, and gorillas carry the Ebola virus. It is believed the virus was passed to humans through handling and eating bush meat. As long as Ebola is present, you must stay away from bush animals.
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Video As Long as Ebola is Present, Avoid Bush Meat

If you hunt, handle, or eat bush meat, you must take caution. Certain animals such as bats, monkeys, chimpanzees, and gorillas carry the Ebola virus. It is believed the virus was passed to humans through handling and eating bush meat. As long as Ebola is present, you must stay away from bush animals.
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Video Protect Yourself From the Ebola Virus

If you come into contact with the bodily fluids of a person infected with Ebola, you must wash with soap and water immediately The virus must get into your body to infect you. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth, and cover any cuts on the skin. If you are caring for someone who has Ebola, do not handle bedding, towels or clothes that may be soiled with bodily fluids without gloves.
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Video Common Burial Practices Can Spread Ebola

The pain and suffering from losing a loved one to the Ebola disease is heartbreaking. After their death, you must remain cautious. Your loved one’s body is still very contagious. To protect yourself and the people around you, you must not practice the usual practices for burial or cremation.
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Video If You Have Ebola Symptoms, Get Medical Help Immediately

Ebola is not a curse or spiritual infection, it is a deadly disease - a fever spread by contact with the body fluids of infected people. Its symptoms usually start with a slight fever, fatigue, and muscle pain. Within a few days, vomiting and diarrhea sets in. Ebola is highly infectious. If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to seek medical help immediately.
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Video Welcome Ebola Survivors Back into the Community

The battle against Ebola does not end when a patient survives the virus. Many survivors return home to their villages, only to face stigma based on fear and ignorance. We must fight against stigma, and welcome Ebola survivors back into our communities. They are no longer contagious, and pose no threat to you.
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Video President Obama Delivers a Message on the Ebola Outbreak

President Obama addresses the people of West Africa about the Ebola outbreak. Along with partners around the world, the United States is working to help stop the disease. The first step in this fight, however, is knowing the facts -- which is why the President also outlines the details about the transmission and treatment of Ebola.
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Video Sia Nyama Koroma, First Lady of Sierra Leone, Speaks with VOA About the Ebola Crisis

"I would want the people in West Africa to know that Ebola is real, Ebola kills, early detection and prompt treatment can save lives."
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Video CDC: Ebola and Contact Tracing

The video describes contact tracing a way of identifying new Ebola cases quickly and isolating patients as soon as they show symptoms, preventing spread to others. Even one missed contact can keep Ebola spreading, but careful tracing of contacts and isolating new cases can stop the outbreak.
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Video Ebola Public Service Announcement by Mandela Washington Fellows

This video features Zainab Ferrah Conteh, a Mandela Washington Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative.
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Video Dr. Anthony Fauci Speaks to VOA About the Ebola Crisis

"The best thing they can do is to try and cooperate with the health authorities and to listen to and adhere to the suggestions."

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