Bill Gates Pledges $50M to Fight Ebola

(CNN) — The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it will donate $50 million to help fight the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. More than 2,200 people have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the outbreak has been concentrated. Cases have also been reported in nearby Nigeria and Senegal. It’s considered the … Continue reading »

Ebola Cases Increase; Vaccine Testing

(CNN) — The Ebola epidemic is worse than thought and spiraling out of control. That’s the warning from the man in charge of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tom Frieden. More than 3,000 cases are confirmed and about half of the infected people have died. “The bottom line is despite tremendous efforts from … Continue reading »

Researchers to Test Ebola Vaccine

(CNN) — The death toll of the Ebola outbreak in Africa has risen above 1,500 people. Researchers in the United States are beginning trials on an Ebola vaccine this week. Twenty healthy volunteers will be given varying dosages of the vaccine. The goal of the trial is to see if their immune systems respond positively to the … Continue reading »

CDC Employee Exposed to Ebola

(CNN) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring the health of one of its staff members after they were exposed to an international health worker in West Africa who tested positive for ebola. According to the CDC, the staff member returned to the U.S. on a charter flight, as scheduled, from their … Continue reading »

Family Stuck in Albany Because of Ebola

ALBANY, Ore. — An Albany native came back to Oregon this summer to get married, but now she and her family are stuck in the United States before they can go back home to Sierra Leone, one of the countries where the Ebola virus is spreading. Emily Sheriff of Albany moved to Sierra Leone three … Continue reading »

Students Stuck in Liberia Due to Ebola

(CNN) — Six Tuskegee University students are stuck in Africa as a result of the Ebola epidemic. According to the university, the students have been participating in a study abroad program in Liberia since June 29 and were supposed to return later this week. It could be as late as Aug. 31 before they can … Continue reading »

Second American with Ebola Arrives in US

(CNN) — The second American aid worker infected with Ebola in Liberia was back in the United State for treatment, Tuesday. A specially-equipped Medevac plane carrying Nancy Writebol landed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia, after first stopping in Maine to refuel. Writebol will be driven to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment. … Continue reading »

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

(CNN) — Ebola, malaria, polio, chikingunya—all of these illnesses are now affecting countries overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns if you’re planning to travel abroad, the best thing to do is to check their website on health conditions of areas you will be visiting. To stay healthy, the CDC cautions that anytime … Continue reading »

Ebola Patient Arrives in US

(CNN) — The first Ebola patient ever treated in the U.S. is now at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The fight to keep American doctor Kent Brantly alive is now in the hands of infectious disease experts. The 33-year-old, a missionary with Samaritan’s Purse, made the long journey from Liberia to the U.S. in a specially-equipped … Continue reading »