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Ebola: Next Steps to understanding


Ebola has been spreading in West Africa - Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. Over 1000 have died. It's a disease that affects those who care for those who are sick: family caregivers, doctors, nurses, even funeral homes.  

Information on Ebola
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What is treatment if there is no drug for Ebola?

Drugs and Vaccines may not reach the thousands affected by Ebola in West Africa. How do we control the epidemic and treat patients without them?

Is there treatment for Ebola?

Next steps to understanding Ebola. There's only untested treatments for Ebola. The new names in treatment are: ZMapp, Tekmira, Biocryst

Look what else the Cat dragged in

Cats are awfully cute, but sometimes they spread infections - anything from ringworm to salmonella to latent tuberculosis (TB). Luckily, this is rare.

Look what the Cat dragged in

Cats can be cute - but every once in a while they can bring home not only a mouse, but also an infection, from cat-scratch disease to MRSA to rabies.

Microbiome, Probiotics, Good Bugs, Bad Bugs: What's going on?

We carry probably 10 times more bacteria than human cells in our bodies. We are just beginning to understand the effects of these microorganisms and probiotics.

Traveling Infections

Infections travel by their very nature. Find out more about infections that once seemed very far away

Infections in the News

Find out more about the infectious diseases making headlines today.

What is it like to have Chikungunya

Chikungunya has spread in the Caribbean and has now been found in Florida and Texas. The disease can cause joints to be painful for months.

Chikungunya: Chicken-what?

Chikungunya is a viral infection causing joint pain and fevers spread by mosquitoes. A bite by a mosquito in Florida or Texas could possibly spread the disease.


Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever, currently spreading in West Africa. It is spread through direct contact with a person (or their body fluids) who is ill with Ebola. Before a patient has symptoms from Ebola, they cannot transmit the infection.

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