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. 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)

    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)

    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. 
    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. 
    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) 

    Oct. 18, 2014: More than 100 monitored for Ebola symptoms in Ohio

    Health officials in Ohio are monitoring more than 100 people 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.

    Read the full story. 

    Oct. 18, 2014: Ebola lapses persisted for days at Dallas hospital

    Just minutes after Thomas Eric Duncan arrived for a second time at the emergency room, the word is on his chart: "Ebola." But despite all the warnings that the deadly virus could arrive unannounced at an American hospital, for days after the admission, his caregivers are vulnerable.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has pointed to lapses by the hospital in those initial days. And Duncan's medical records show heightened protective measures as his illness advanced. But either because of a lag in implementing those steps or because they were still insufficient, scores of hospital staffers were put at risk, according to the records.

    Read the full story.

    FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, a sign points to the emergency room entrance at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where U.S. Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was being treated, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) 
    Oct. 18, 2014: Canada will send experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO

    The Canadian government said it will start shipping its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization on Monday for possible use in the West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak.

    The government said in a news release Saturday that the Public Health Agency of Canada is supplying the vaccine to the U.N. agency in Geneva. The WHO is the international coordinating body for battling the Ebola outbreak which has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa.

    The news release said Canada will send 800 vials of its experimental vaccine in three separate shipments.

    Read the full story. 

    Oct. 18, 2014: Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned

    A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It's become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats, and is popular with the public. But health experts are nearly unanimous in saying it's a bad idea that could backfire.

    The experts' key objection is that a travel ban could prevent needed medical supplies, food and health care workers from reaching Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the nations where the epidemic is at its worst. Without that aid, the deadly virus might spread to wider areas of Africa, making it even more of a threat to the U.S. and the world, experts say.

    Read the full story.

    In this Oct. 17, 2014, photo, Jeff Hulbert, left, of Annapolis, Md., protests U.S. handling of Ebola cases, as Mary Wills, right, of Cleveland, playfully covers her face while taking a photo with Hulbert, outside of the White House. A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It’s become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats, and is popular with the public. But health experts are nearly unanimous in saying it’s a bad idea that could backfire. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) 

    Oct. 17, 2014: 1st Dallas nurse with Ebola in fair condition

    (WTOP/Nick Iannelli) 
    The first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital has been sitting up and eating and has her iPad after being moved to a specialized isolation unit near Washington, officials said Friday.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday that Nina Pham's condition is stable and she is resting comfortably at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He said she is "in good spirits.Read the full story. 

    Oct. 17, 2014: CDC says nurse with Ebola said she felt funny in Ohio

    A CDC official says a Texas nurse who has Ebola indicated she "felt funny" and spent extra time resting during a visit to Ohio in the days before she was diagnosed in Dallas.

    Dr. Chris Braden says the woman didn't have typical symptoms of Ebola when she flew to Cleveland on Oct. 10 or when she visited family in Akron last weekend. But he says health officials can't rule out the possibility that her illness began last Saturday, or possibly earlier.

    Read the full story. 

    An ambulance carrying Amber Joy Vinson, the second health care worker to be diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, arrives at Emory University Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Atlanta. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images News/Getty Images) 

    Oct. 15, 2014: Zuckerberg, wife donate $25M to CDC for Ebola

    FILE - In this July 9, 2011 file photo, Facebook president and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right, walks to morning sessions with Priscilla Chan during the Allen and Co. Sun Valley Conference, in Sun Valley, Idaho. Zuckerberg and his wife, Chan, are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help address the Ebola epidemic, the foundation said Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help address the Ebola epidemic.

    The money will be used by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Ebola response effort in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and elsewhere in the world where Ebola is a threat, the foundation said Tuesday.

    Read more: Zuckerberg, wife donate $25M to CDC for Ebola

    Oct. 15, 2014: CDC says it missed opportunities to contain Ebolo

    In the days after the first diagnosis of Ebola in the U.S., the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was resolute in his confidence about hospitals' ability to manage the virus.

    Read more: 
    CDC says it missed opportunities to contain Ebola

    Oct. 14, 2014: Council drills Montgomery Co. health chief over Ebola response

    So far no confirmed cases of Ebola have been reported in Montgomery County but county officials are taking steps to make sure local medical providers are prepared, the county's chief health official said Tuesday.

    Dr. Ulder Tillman, the health officer for Montgomery County, told the county council that the area could see a case based on the region's demographics. The county is home to a large international community plus businesses and non-gonvernmental organizations that have missions in the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

    Read more and listen to the interview with Tillman: Council drills Montgomery Co. health chief over Ebola response

    Oct. 14, 2014: TV station, rector: 2nd Ebola patient is nurse, 26

    Media reports and a church rector have identified the second Ebola patient in Texas as a 26-year-old nurse infected while caring for a man from Liberia.

    Read more: 
    TV station, rector: 2nd Ebola patient is nurse, 26

    This 2010 photo provided by tcu360.com, the yearbook of Texas Christian University, shows Nina Pham, 26, who became the first person to contract the disease within the United States. Records show that Pham and other health care workers wore protective gear, including gowns, gloves, masks and face shields and sometimes full-body suits when caring for Thomas Eric Duncan. (AP Photo/Courtesy of tcu360.com)

    Oct. 14, 2014: About 70 hospitals staffers cared for Ebola patient

    This undated file image made available by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows the Ebola virus. A Texas health care worker who provided hospital care for Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died has tested positive for the virus, health officials said Sunday Oct. 12, 2014. Dr. David Varga, of the Texas Health Resource, says the worker was in full protective gear when they provided care to Duncan during his second visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. (AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control, File)

    They drew his blood, put tubes down his throat and wiped up his diarrhea. They analyzed his urine and wiped saliva from his lips, even after he had lost consciousness.

    About 70 staff members at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were involved in the care of Thomas Eric Duncan after he was hospitalized, including a nurse now being treated for the same Ebola virus that killed the Liberian man who was visiting Dallas, according to medical records his family provided to The Associated Press.

    Read more: About 70 hospital staffers cared for Ebola patient
    Oct. 14, 2014: CDC: Protocol breach in treating Ebola patient

    Top federal health officials said Sunday that the Ebola diagnosis in a health care worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan at a Texas hospital clearly indicates a breach in safety protocol.

    But the unidentified worker has been unable to pinpoint where that breach might have occurred, according to Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Read more: CDC: Protocol breach in treating Ebola patient

    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, the nurse who contracted Ebola. Bentley has been taken from Pham's Dallas apartment and will be cared for at an undisclosed location. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Sana Syed/PIO, City of Dallas)

    Oct. 13, 2014: Dog of Dallas nurse with Ebola cared for

    Officials say a year-old King Charles Spaniel has been taken from the Dallas apartment of an Ebola-infected nurse and will be cared for at an undisclosed location.

    Nurse Nina Pham's apartment is being thoroughly cleaned after tests over the weekend confirmed she is infected.

    Read more: Dog of Dallas nurse with Ebola to be cared for

    Oct. 13, 2014: Ebola: How it spreads

    Read through some facts from the Associated Press about how Ebola spreads on WTOP.com. 
    Oct. 9, 2014
    Ebola's economic toll could reach $32.6 billion by year's end if the disease ravaging Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone spreads across West Africa, the World Bank said Wednesday.

    The outbreak has the potential "to inflict massive economic costs" on those three countries and its closest neighbors, according to the bank's assessment.

    Read more: Report: Cost of Ebola could top $32 billion

    This is an undated image released on Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014 by animal rights organisation PACMA of a dog named Excalibur who is owned by Javier Limon and his wife, a nurse assistance who got infected with Ebola in Madrid. (AP Photo/PACMA)  
    by WTOP
    Oct. 9, 2014: Spain euthanizes pet dog of Ebola-infected woman

    The protesters, chanting "Assassins!" as they scuffled with police in front of a suburban Madrid apartment complex, made their demand clear: No matter how desperate officials might be to stop the spread of Ebola, an innocent pet must not be made a casualty.

    By nightfall Wednesday, that campaign to save one family's dog had turned in to a global outcry when the protest detonated online, generating hundreds of thousands of petition signatures and  social networking mentions. In the end, though, it did no good -- Spanish health officials announced the pet had been euthanized and its body incinerated.

    Read more: Spain euthanizes pet dog of Ebola-infected woman

    FILE - This 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. In September 2014, Duncan became the first patient in the U.S. diagnosed with Ebola. (AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee) 

    Oct. 9, 2014: Ebola patient's death renews questions about care

    The death of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States renewed questions about his medical care and whether Thomas Eric Duncan's life could have been extended or saved if the Texas hospital where he first sought help had taken him in sooner.

    Duncan died in Dallas on Wednesday, a little more than a week after his illness exposed gaps in the nation's defenses against the disease and set off a scramble to track down anyone exposed to him.

    Read more: Ebola patient's death renews questions about care

    Oct. 8, 2014: Doc exposed to Ebola released from Md. isloation

    An American doctor exposed to the Ebola virus after a needle stick in Sierra Leone has been released from isolation and sent home.

    The doctor had been kept in isolation at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda since Sept. 28 out of an abundance of caution.

    Read more: Doc exposed to Ebola released from Md. isolation
    Oct. 7, 2014: Hospital: Dallas Ebola patient critical but stable

    Hospital officials say the man being treated for Ebola in Dallas is showing improved liver function, though he remains in critical condition.

    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital released a statement Tuesday saying Thomas Eric Duncan is on a ventilator and is receiving kidney dialysis. The hospital says his liver function improved after declining over the weekend, but warns that his condition could vary in the coming days.

    Read more: Hospital: Dallas Ebola patient critical but stable

    Oct. 7, 2014: New concern worldwide as nurse in Spain gets Ebola

    Raising fresh concern around the world, a nurse in Spain on Monday became the first person known to catch Ebola outside the outbreak zone in West Africa. In the U.S., President Barack Obama said the government was considering ordering more careful screening of airline passengers arriving from the region.

    Oct. 6, 2014: Cruises change itineraries due to Ebola concerns

    Several cruise lines have changed itineraries due to concerns over Ebola, canceling port stops in West Africa.

    On Holland America Line's 35-day African Explorer cruise aboard the MS Rotterdam, from Cape Town, South Africa, to Southampton, England, three ports of call in Ghana, Gambia and Senegal will be replaced with an added overnight in Cape Town, an added overnight in Cape Verde and a stop in Tangier, Morocco, according to Holland America spokesman Erik Elvejord.

    Read more: Cruises change itineraries due to Ebola concerns

    Oct. 6, 2014: 5th American with Ebola returning from Ebola

    An American photojournalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia is expected to arrive Monday in Nebraska, where he will be treated for the virus that has ravaged West Africa.

    Ashoka Mukpo, 33, will be the second Ebola patient to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center's specialized isolation unit. Mukpo was working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC News when he became ill last week.

    Read more: 
    5th American with Ebola returning from Liberia

    Sept. 23, 2014: US troops heading into Africa soon for Ebola fight

    Thousands of promised American forces will be moving into Africa over
    the next 30 days to set up facilities and form training teams to help the
    Africans treat Ebola victims, the Army's top officer said Friday. 

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