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#FactsNotFear is a trending topic on social media as talks of ebola outbreak fill our newsfeeds, newscasts and our daily conversations. NBC Right Now has and will report facts. Not the fear. #FactsNotFear is a trending topic on social media as talks of ebola outbreak fill our newsfeeds, newscasts and our daily conversations. NBC Right Now has and will report facts. Not the fear.
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As of 10/24/14
- The governors of New York and New Jersey say they will require stronger quarantines for anyone recently travelling from West Africa. Since Doctor Craig Spencer was diagnosed with the disease in New York his fiancé and two friends have also been quarantined.

- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio rode the subway Friday to illustrate how safe he believes the people of his city are. He believes that they should not be scared to go about their lives as usual and that he is working with health officials to keep New Yorkers safe.

- Just hours after being cleared of the disease Nina Pham met with president Obama. Pham was the first American to contract the virus on U.S. soil. She says she's ready to go back to life as normal.

- Pham's friend and fellow nurse Amber Joy Vinson no longer tests positive for the virus but will continue to be monitored at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. Vinson also contracted the virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where the first U.S. ebola patient had died.


As of 10/20/14
- More nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian, the Dallas hospital that treated the first fatal American ebola patient are calling their hospital safe. 48 of their staffers finished their quarantine Monday. In a press conference three nurses spoke out saying they vow to reaffirm the public's trust.

- In Nigeria where an ebola outbreak began in July the World Health Organization reports Monday that their outbreak is over. 19 people were infected there. Seven of them died. This declaration can be made 42 days after no new cases are reported. The WHO points to Nigeria's eradication of outbreak as a success story.


As of 10/17/14

- President Obama appointed the vice president's former chief of staff Ron Klain to head the response to the ebola threat as “czar”. White house officials say this outbreak is not solely a medical response and having someone with good management skills is their goal.

- A Pentagon parking lot was closed Friday after a woman fell ill on a Pentagon bus saying she had been to West Africa recently. The woman vomited and the bus was quarantined. She did not have the virus and the U.S. Defense Department now says there's no evidence showing she had even traveled to Africa.

- Peter Piot, one of the co-discoverers of the ebola virus 40 years ago says the international response to the ebola crisis in Africa was too slow and the spread of disease was avoidable. "We need to do more, because as long as the epidemic in West Africa is not brought under control. This is not only a disaster for the countries concerned (but) a source of infections all over the world."


As of 10/16/14
- The CDC actually never told Amber Joy Vinson not to board a flight that brought her to Cleveland, Ohio to plan her wedding after she contacted them. They now think she could have had ebola symptoms while on that flight which leaves possibility for the virus spreading.

- Nurses at a Cleveland medical clinic were put on paid leave today because they were on the flight Vinson took from Dallas to Cleveland this week.

- Two schools in Cleveland were also closed because staffers had also been on the plane. Officials say these were only precautionary steps.

-The director of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where the first U.S. patient died now says they're sorry for the mistakes they made trying to keep the virus from spreading.

- While some nurses are now coming to the defense of the hospital, Thursday morning on the Today Show one of their nurses spoke out about her experience. As one of the over 70 employees under surveillance after possible exposure she says she can't defend the hospital for how they acted.

- "Our infectious disease department was contacted to ask what is the protocol? Their answer was, 'We don't know. We're going to have to call you back," claimed nurse Briana Aguirre. "Knowing what I know, I would try anything and everything to refuse to go there to be treated. I would feel at risk by going there."

- The number of worldwide ebola cases is expected to pass 9,000 this week according to the World Health Organization. They say between 5,000 and 10,000 new cases a week could be reported by early December.

As of 10/15/14:
-According to medical studies this current outbreak likely started with one person in Guinea who contracted the disease from an animal (likely a bat) and has since spread person to person in West Africa.

- The first U.S. patient was Thomas Duncan. He contracted the disease as he brought a dying neighbor to the hospital in Liberia. He then traveled the U.S. 

- Duncan went to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital with flu like symptoms and was sent home. During that hospital visit he came in contact with 74 people, two of those are the current American cases.

-Duncan returned to the hospital and was properly diagnosed with ebola. He died in Dallas on October 8th.

- The first nurse diagnosed in the U.S. is Nina Pham. She's listed in good condition in a Dallas hospital. 

- The second nurse is Amber Joy Vinson who tested positive Tuesday night with ebola. She flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas on October 13th reportedly to plan her wedding.

- Vinson's flight had 132 passengers. The plane was cleaned twice in a hanger in Dallas and has since been put back into service. The CDC says this nurse was wrong to fly and shouldn't have.

- The Liberian government says they'll need 80,000 body bags over the next six months. Already close to 4,500 people have died from this outbreak.

- The CDC states ebola cannot be transferred through the air, food or water. 

CDC INFORMATION ABOUT EBOLA

How do you get the Ebola virus?








  1. Body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola (blood, vomit, urine, feces, sweat, semen, spit, other fluids)
  2. Object contaminated with the virus (needles, medical equipment)
  3. Infected animals (by contact with blood or fluids or infected meat)
Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, food.

Early symptoms

Ebola can only be spread to other after symptoms begin. Symptoms can appear from 2 to 21 days after exposure, but the average is 8-10 days:

  • Fever (greater than 101.5 F)
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising
  • Muscle pain
When is someone able to spread the disease to others?

Ebola only spreads when people are sick. A patient must have symptoms to spread the disease to others. After 21 days, if an exposed person does not develop symptoms, they will not become sick with Ebola.

Recovery from Ebola depends on the patient's immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.

The CDC says if you must travel to an area affected by the 2014 Ebola outbreak, protect yourself by doing the following:

  • Wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, particularly someone who is sick.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person's blood or body fluids.
  • Do not touch the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
  • Do not touch bats and nonhuman primates or their blood and fluids and do not touch or eat raw meat prepared from these animals.
  • Avoid hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated. The U.S. Embassy or consulate is often able to provide advice on medical facilities.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you develop fever (temperature of 101.5°F/ 38.6°C) and any of the other following symptoms: headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bruisinbleeding. Limit
    • Limit your contact with other people until and when you go to the doctor. Do not travel anywhere else besides a healthcare facility.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Anyone concerned about possible exposure may call CDC-Info at 800-CDC-INFO for information.

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