A look at the Ebola crisis


A look at the Ebola crisis

WTOP is continually following developments related to the Ebola outbreak. Find stories, audio and photos within this live blog.

  • Nov. 17, 2014; Surgeon with Ebola has died

     A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said.

    Nebraska Medical Center said in a news release that Dr. Martin Salia
    died as a result of the disease early 
    Monday morning.

    Read the full story here

  • Nov. 14, 2014; Md. surgeon with Ebola coming to US for care

    A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and
    will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials
    from Sierra Leone and the United States said.

    Dr. Martin Salia was
    to be taken to Omaha to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center,
    Sierra Leone's chief medical officer, Dr.
    Brima Kargbo, told The
    Associated Press on Friday.

    Salia reportedly lives in Maryland.

    The doctor will be the third Ebola patient at the Omaha hospital and the 10th person with Ebola to be treated in the U.S.

    Read the full story here

  • Nov. 11, 2014; Doctor who had Ebola leaves NYC hospital

    Hugging the health workers who cared for him, a doctor who recovered
    from Ebola said Tuesday he was a living example of effective treatment
    and urged support for those combating the virus' outbreak in West

    "Today, I am healthy," a smiling Dr. Craig Spencer said as he was
    released after nearly three weeks in Bellevue Hospital, where he had
    been the last Ebola patient under treatment nationwide.

    join me in turning our attention back to West Africa," where the virus
    has killed thousands of people this year, he added after thanking
    Bellevue staffers who treated him and getting a hug from the mayor.

    Read the full story here

  • Nov. 10, 2014; Ebola volunteers wrestle with quarantine mandates

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Dr. Robert Fuller didn't hesitate to go to Indonesia to treat survivors of the 2004 tsunami, to Haiti to help after the 2010 earthquake or to the Philippines after a devastating typhoon last year. But he's given up on going to West Africa to care for Ebola patients this winter.

    He could make the six-week commitment sought by his go-to aid organization, International Medical Corps. But the possibility of a three-week quarantine afterward adds more time than he can take away from his job heading UConn Health Center's emergency department.

    "I'm very sad that I can't go, at this point," said Fuller, who's helping instead by interviewing other prospective volunteers. Nine weeks or more "gets to be a pretty long time to think about being away from your family and being away from your job."

    As Ebola-related quarantine policies have arisen around the United States, some health workers are reassessing whether, or how long, they can be among the hundreds that officials say are needed to fight the outbreak.

    Read more on WTOP.com.

  • Nov. 10, 2014; Liberia village becomes a new Ebola epicenter

    Associated Press

    JENE-WONDE, Liberia (AP) -- A schoolteacher brought his sick daughter from Liberia's capital to this small town of 300 people. Soon he was dead along with his entire family, and they are now buried in the forest nearby along with an increasing number of residents.

    The community of Jene-Wonde in Grand Cape Mount County near the border with Sierra Leone has become a new epicenter for the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia, which is also hitting Sierra Leone and Guinea.

    Momo Sheriff, who lost his son to Ebola, said there is no health care in the community and leaders have no way to manage it. The tiny town already has lost 10 percent of its population to Ebola since late September. Amid all the deaths, markets and farms nearby have been abandoned.

    Read more on WTOP.com.
  • Nov. 10, 2014; Morocco insists on delaying African Cup over Ebola

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Morocco is sticking to its demand to postpone the African Cup of Nations football tournament due to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, despite pressure from the Confederation of African Football.

    A statement from the Ministry of Sports late Saturday said that because of the "spread of the deadly Ebola pandemic," Morocco was maintaining its call for delaying the tournament it is scheduled to host from Jan. 17-Feb. 8, to the following year.

    Read more on WTOP.com.
  • Nov. 10, 2014; Ebola nurse to be advocate for health workers

    Associated Press

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A Maine nurse who battled politicians over her quarantine after she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa said she will continue speaking out on behalf of public health workers.

    Monday marks the 21st day since Kaci Hickox's last exposure to an Ebola patient, a 10-year-old girl who suffered seizures before dying alone without family.

    On Tuesday, Hickox will no longer require daily monitoring for Ebola symptoms, and said she looks forward to stepping out her front door "like normal people."

    But the Texas native said she won't back away from the debate over treatment of health care workers.

    Read more on WTOP.com.
  • Nov. 2, 2014: Nurses strike over Ebola

    Citing Ebola preparedness, DC nurses plan strike -- but are they merely using the issue to drive other negotiations? 

    Providence Hospital, where nurses plan to strike 

    Read more from Washington Business Journal.

  • Nov. 3, 2014: France takes in UNICEF worker with Ebola

    France's government has flown in a UNICEF employee infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone for treatment.

    The Health Ministry says the patient was evacuated in a special flight and is undergoing treatment in "high-security isolation" in Begin Army Training Hospital in Saint-Mande, near Paris. The patient's name was not released.

    Read the full article here.
  • Nov. 3, 2014: Reston, Va. turns out for Ebola vigil

    Old and young, white and black, lifelong Virginians and residents with roots in West Africa gathered for a candlelight vigil Sunday night. Standing in a plaza at Lake Anne, they huddled close in the cold, lighting candles against the dark. And they prayed for those near and far affected by Ebola.

    Audrey O'Beirne (left) and Claire Simpson pray for West Africa at a vigil in Reston. Claire has relatives in Liberia. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)

  • Nov. 3, 2014: Nurse: No option but to fight Ebola quarantine

    A nurse who successfully fought Maine's quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients said she had no option but to challenge how medical professionals were being treated and is hopeful that others who return from West Africa won't face the same reaction.

    Read more here.
  • Nov. 1, 2014: Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse

    A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.

  •  (AP)
    Oct. 31, 2014 Court order temporarily restricts nurse's movements

     Maine health officials obtained a 24-hour court order restricting
    Kaci Hickox's movement after the nurse repeatedly defied the state's
    quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

    judge granted the order Thursday limiting Hickox's travel, banning her
    from public places and requiring a 3-foot buffer until there's a further
    decision Friday.

    Read the full story here

  • Oct. 31, 2014: A look at Ebola guidelines in some states

    States have broad authority to quarantine people to prevent the spread of disease, and several are exercising that right to go beyond the safety recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for containing the deadly Ebola virus.

    Full details. 
  • Oct. 31, 2014: WHO issues new guidance on Ebola protective gear

    The U.N. health agency is updating its guidelines for health workers dealing with the deadly Ebola virus, recommending tougher measures such as doubling up on gloves and making sure the mouth, nose and eyes are better protected from contaminated droplets and fluids.

    But the World Health Agency says the choice of equipment is much less important than the way it's used.

    Read the full article. 

    Sri Lankan health workers wear protective gear as they attend a preparedness program for Ebola at the Infectious Disease Hospital for fever in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct.28, 2014. Airports in Asia have stepped up their defenses: screening passengers who have traveled from affected countries, taking any with high temperature for observation and trying to keep contact them with for 21 days, the incubation period. According to the World Health Organization, more than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

  • Oct. 31, 2014: Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola
    This undated image provided by University of Texas at Arlington shows Kaci Hickox. In a Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 telephone interview with CNN, Hickox, the nurse quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, said the process of keeping her isolated is "inhumane." (AP Photo/University of Texas at Arlington)

    In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while state officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation's most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola.

    The nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, purposefully rode their bikes away from town on a dirt path to avoid coming into contact with people.

    "We're not trying to push any limits here. We're members of this community, too, and we want to make people comfortable," he told reporters Thursday evening.

    Read the full article. 

  • Oct. 31, 2014: Ebola victim's fiancée struggles to rebuild life

    The fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan is struggling to recover after losing her future husband along with most of her personal belongings, and she says she is effectively homeless due to the lingering stigma of the virus.

    Louise Troh has been cleared of the deadly virus for more than a week. She was quarantined in her former home during Duncan's final days then spent the remainder of a 21-day quarantine period in a cottage at a Catholic church retreat in south Dallas. She said she didn't know where she was when she first arrived. Troh, 54, is now crammed with nine other people into her daughter's modest apartment.

    Read the full article. 
  • Oct. 30, 2014: Dallas nurse who survived Ebola to get dog back

    A Dallas nurse who recovered from Ebola will soon be reunited with her dog, which has been sequestered since his owner became ill.

    The King Charles Cavalier spaniel named Bentley is in quarantine at an abandoned Navy base in Dallas.

    His owner, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola earlier this month. She contracted the virus while caring for a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8.

    Read the full article. 

    This Oct. 13, 2014, photo released via Twitter by the City of Dallas Public Information Managing Director Sana Syed shows Bentley in Dallas, the one-year-old King Charles Spaniel belonging to Nina Pham. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Sana Syed/PIO, City of Dallas)

  • Ebola Town Hall panel: Be prepared but no need to panic

    A town hall sponsored by WTOP on Monday morning featured three top experts in infectious diseases who said Americans should be aware, prepared and informed, but not panicked over Ebola in the United States.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institutes for Health, joined Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene for the state of Maryland, and Dr. Jesse Goodman, professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center, who is also former chief scientist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on the dais.

    The town hall was hosted by WTOP anchors Bruce Alan and Debra Feinstein.

    The three were asked questions ranging from improving safety protocols for health care workers who are handling Ebola patients or Ebola exposed patients here in the U.S., to like whether the virus is mutating, and the difference between airborne virus transmission versus aerosol transmission.

    On the issue of mutation, Fauci said it was "highly unlikely but not impossible" that Ebola could transform into an airborne virus, which would mean it could travel within very fine air particles and get into the lungs. That, disease experts agree, would be a "nightmare scenario."

    Read more: WTOP Town Hall on Ebola airs public concerns
  • Drs. Joshua Sharfstein, Jesse Goodman and Anthony Fauci joined WTOP for a special Ebola Town Hall at the Newseum, Oct. 20, 2014, to discuss the virus, the outbreak and the U.S. response.

  • NIH: Dallas nurse cured of Ebola
     Patient Nina Pham is hugged by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National
    Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases outside of National
    Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda.
     (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    The first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus.

    She made a brief statement before leaving the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, where she was being treated for the deadly virus, saying that she put her trust in God and her medical team. 

    She thanked an American doctor, who also survived Ebola, for providing a blood transfusion, and says she is grateful that she recovered when some many others have died. 

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says they don't know whether the transfusion helped Pham beat the virus. 

    Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/1xhy6OP
  • Oct. 26, 2014; Poor health systems in Asia cause for Ebola alarm

    The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus touches down in an Asian city.

    How quickly any case is detected -- and the measures taken once it is -- will determine whether the virus takes hold in a region where billions live in poverty and public health systems are often very weak. Governments are ramping up response plans, stepping up surveillance at airports and considering quarantine measures. Still, health experts in the region's less developed countries fear any outbreak would be deadly and hard to contain.

    Read the full article here. 
  • President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the government’s Ebola response, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) 
    Oct. 25, 2014; Obama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola response

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the U.S. must be guided by science -- not fear -- as it responds to Ebola.

    In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he was proud to give Texas nurse Nina Pham a hug in the Oval Office after she was cured of Ebola. He says the other nurse who contracted Ebola is also improving.

    Read the full article here. 

  • Oct. 25, 2014; Health care worker criticizes quarantine process
    A licensed clinician sanitizes his hands after a simulated training session on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Anniston, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) 

    The health care worker who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa is sharply criticizing the way her case has been handled.

    Kaci Hickox, the first traveler quarantined under Ebola watches in New Jersey and New York, gave a first-person account to the Dallas Morning News (bit.ly/1w4Vi4J), which was posted on the paper's website Saturday.

    Hickox said she was stopped at Newark Liberty International and was questioned over several hours after touching down Friday. She said none of those who questioned her would explain what was going on or what would happen to her.

    Read the full article here. 

  • Oct. 25, 2014; US: Power to visit Ebola-ravaged West Africa

    The United States ambassador to the United Nations is on her way to visit all three of the West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak, amid rising calls for travel restrictions back home in the U.S.

    Samantha Power will visit Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea "to draw attention to the need for increased support for the international response," said a statement released late Saturday by the U.S. mission.

    Read the full article here. 
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  • Oct. 25, 2014; WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000

    More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.

    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest ever outbreak of the disease with a rapidly rising death toll in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. There have also been cases in three other West African countries, Spain and the United States.

    The U.N. health agency said Saturday that the number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases has risen to 10,141. Of those cases, 4,922 people have died. Its figures show about 200 new cases since the last report, four days ago.

    Read the full article. 

  • Oct. 25, 2014; Ebola-stricken doc described as driven do-gooder

    Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn't know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him.

    Even before leaving for Guinea this summer to fight Ebola with Doctors Without Borders, the 33-year-old had amassed an ordinary man's lifetime worth of world travel, much of which was in the service of the poor.

    In the past three years alone, Spencer, an attending physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, had been to Rwanda to work on an emergency care teaching curriculum, volunteered at a health clinic in Burundi, helped investigate an infectious parasitic disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo and traveled to 32 villages in Indonesia to do a public health survey.

    Read the full article here. 
  • Oct. 24, 2014; Ebola cases in New York and Mali fan travel fears

    The Ebola virus's arrival in New York City and yet another West African nation -- Mali -- renewed questions Friday about whether stricter travel restrictions would help lock down the deadly disease. The governors of New York and New Jersey went ahead and issued their own quarantine order.

    There was good news, too, as one of the two American nurses who caught Ebola from a patient headed home from the hospital, stopping by the White House to get a celebratory hug from President Barack Obama. European nations pledged more money to fight the virus in Africa.

    A look at Ebola developments worldwide. 

  • Oct. 24, 2014; WHO: Millions of Ebola vaccine doses ready in 2015

    The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March.

    Still, the agency warned it's not clear whether any of these will work against the deadly virus that has already killed at least 4,877 people this year in West Africa.

    Read the full story here. 
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  • NY doctor back from Guinea has Ebola, 1st in city

    An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating
    Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus,
    becoming the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation.

    Read the full story here

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  • Oct. 22, 2014; Containing Ebola requires detective work, medical expertise

    WASHINGTON -- Doctors and nurses are on the front lines of the war on Ebola. But an equally important role in the battle is played by men and women who combine detective work with medical science.

    They are the public-health detectives who track down the contacts of Ebola patients and arrange for those at risk to be quarantined and monitored. It's an especially important job in the fight against a mystery disease with no sure cure that kills at an alarming rate.

    "We like to refer to it as shoe-leather epidemiology," says Jesse Bump, an assistant professor in the Department of International Health at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies.

    Read more on WTOP.com.
  • Oct. 22, 2014; Va. officials set up hotline for Ebola questions

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Department of Health is helping answer questions from the public and provide the most up-to-date information regarding Ebola to Virginians.

    The agency says it has set up a hotline that's available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hotline can be reached at 877- 275-8343.

    Read more on WTOP.com.
  • Oct. 22, 2014; Ebola: Why virus kills some, other people survive

    AP Medical Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies.

    So why do some people escape Ebola, and not others?

    Read more and get the answers on WTOP.com.
  • Oct. 22, 2014; Ebola airport checks expand; nurses get training

    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government is closing a gap in Ebola screening at airports while states from New York to Texas to California work to get hospitals and nurses ready in case another patient turns up somewhere in the U.S. with the deadly disease.

    Under the rule going into effect Wednesday, air travelers from the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea must enter the United States through one of five airports doing special screenings and fever checks for Ebola. A handful of people had been arriving at other airports and missing the checks.

    A total of 562 air travelers have been checked in the screenings that started Oct. 11 at New York's Kennedy airport and expanded to four others last week, Homeland Security officials said. Four were taken from Washington's Dulles airport to a local hospital. None had Ebola.

    The other airports are Newark's Liberty, Chicago's O'Hare and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson.

    Read more on WTOP.com.

  • Oct. 22, 2014; Red Cross official: 6 months to contain Ebola

    BEIJING (AP) -- A top Red Cross official said Wednesday that he is confident the Ebola epidemic that has killed thousands of people in West Africa can be contained within four to six months.

    Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told a news conference in Beijing that the time frame is possible if there is "good isolation, good treatment of the cases which are confirmed," and "safe burials" of those who die from the disease.

    The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people since it emerged 10 months ago, with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone the worst-affected countries.

    Read more on WTOP.com.
  • WTOP Talkback: Is your level of fear about Ebola dropping? Do you think enough has been done to contain the disease? What would it take to ease your concerns about the outbreak? Give us a call at 877-222-1035, you can also leave a comment on WTOP's Facebook Page or use #WTOP on Twitter.


  • Oct. 21, 2014; Ebola: Providing time to fight the virus

    AP Medical Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies.

    So why do some people escape Ebola, and not others?

    Read why on WTOP.com.
  • Oct. 21, 2014; CDC releases revised Ebola gear guidelines

    Associated Press

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Federal officials are going on the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients.

    Officials on Monday night released the advice, which health workers had pushed hard for after two Dallas nurses became infected while caring for the first person diagnosed with the virus in the United States.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials will be demonstrating the recommended techniques Tuesday at a massive training at New York City's Javits Center, with an expected attendance of thousands.

    Read more on WTOP.com.
  • Oct. 21, 2014; Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

    Associated Press Writer

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone, on the other side of the country from where the first cases emerged months ago, is soaring with more than 20 deaths daily, the government and local media reported Tuesday.

    Read more on WTOP.com.

  • A small group protests outside the Newseum ahead of the WTOP Town Hall on Ebola. (WTOP/Laurie Cantillo) 
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    Members of the news media converge on town hall panelist Dr. Anthony Fauci, following the town hall event. (WTOP/Laurie Cantillo) 
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  • Drs. Joshua Sharfstein, Jesse Goodman and Anthony Fauci answer questions about the Ebola outbreak during WTOP's Town Hall at the Newseum Monday, Oct. 20. (WTOP/Laurie Cantillo)

  • October 20, 2014; People connected with late Thomas Eric Duncan are cleared after 21-day confinement

    Ebola fears began to ease for some Monday as a monitoring period passed for those who had close contact with Liberian victim of the disease in Dallas, and after a cruise ship scare ended with the boat returning to port and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus.

    Christine Wade, a registered nurse at the University of Texas Medical Branch, greets Carnival Magic passengers disembarking in Galveston, Texas on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Nurses met passengers with Ebola virus fact sheets and to answer any questions. A Dallas health care worker was in voluntary isolation in her cabin aboard the cruise ship because of her potential contact with the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/The Galveston County Daily News, Jennifer Reynolds)

    Read more:  Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas

  • October 20, 2014; Fauci says exposed skin put health care workers

    Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said those caring for an Ebola patient in Dallas were vulnerable because some of their skin was exposed.

    Read more: 
    CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon preps team

  • October 19, 2014; Cruise ship finally returns after scare

    A Texas-based cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who is being monitored for signs of Ebola returned to port early Sunday.

    The Carnival Magic returned to Galveston, Texas, shortly after 6 a.m. EDT.

    Read more: Cruise Ship carrying Ebola handling health worker returns
  • October 19, 2014; Health officials in Ohio are monitoring more than 100 people in Ohio

    Increased monitoring of people in Ohio today following the visit by a Dallas nurse who tested positive for Ebola shortly after returning to Texas from the Cleveland area.

    Officials said Saturday that none of those being monitored are sick.

    Tallmadge police cordon off a home in Tallmadge, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, where Amber Joy Vinson stayed over the weekend before flying home to Dallas. Vinson, a nurse who helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan, has also been diagnosed with the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) 

    Read more: 
    More than 100 monitored for Ebola symptoms in Ohio

  • Oct. 18, 2014: First U.S. Ebola victim remembered for compassion

    Thomas Eric Duncan was remembered Saturday as a big-hearted and compassionate man whose virtues may have led to his infection with Ebola in his native Liberia and death as the first victim of the disease in the United States.

    Family and friends gathered Saturday at a Southern Baptist church with a primarily Liberian flock in the North Carolina city of Salisbury, near where Duncan's mother lives.

    Read the full story. 

    Josephus Weeks, nephew of Thomas Eric Duncan, speaks during a memorial service for Duncan, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Salisbury, N.C. Duncan died of Ebola in Dallas on Oct. 8. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond) 

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