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MLB Pulls Games From Puerto Rico Over Zika Fears [VIDEO]

Major League Baseball reportedly decided Friday to relocate an upcoming games away from Puerto Rico over growing concerns about the Zika virus in the area. The Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates are scheduled to play a two-game series in San Juan at the end of May, but as the U.S. territory’s hit nearly 700 cases…

Ebola Vaccine Is 100% Effective [VIDEO]

A recently developed vaccine against the Ebola virus provided 100 percent protection in preliminary trials, showing such promise that the World Health Organization is extending vaccination to “all people at risk.” According to a WHO statement Friday, the VSV-EBOV vaccine was hailed as “highly effective” and could help prevent the spread of the deadly disease…

Stewart Slam Paul, Christie, ‘Mindful Stupidity’ of Liberal Anti-Vaxxers

Jon Stewart criticize the big vaccine debate with equal scorn for Republicans like Rand Paul and “science-denying affluent California liberals.” Stewart first mocked CNN’s “unnecessary hologram of measles floating through an airplane” before getting around to the fact that the measles is being spread in liberal enclaves. Stewart mockingly explained, “They’re not rednecks, they’re not…

Scientists Allegedly Exposed To Ebola In Atlanta Lab [VIDEO]

As many as a dozen scientists were potentially exposed to the Ebola virus in an Atlanta CDC lab on Monday. The technician who specifically handled the misplaced virus material currently has no symptoms and is being monitored for 21 days. Others who entered the same lab have been contacted and will be assessed. CDC officials…

Ebola Patient in Nebraska Dies

A U.S. resident who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone passed away at the Nebraska hospital where he was being treated. Dr. Martin Salia, 44, was airlifted out of Sierra Leone and arrived at the University of Nebraska Medical Center on Saturday. “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news,” said Dr.…

NYC doctor who tested positive for Ebola to be released

Craig Spencer, the first person in New York City to test positive for Ebola, is being released from Bellevue Hospital Center on Tuesday, sources tell The New York Times. Spencer was rushed to Bellevue by ambulance on Oct. 23 after reporting a fever of 100.3 to the authorities that morning.

Scientists Decode Spontaneous HIV Cure

Two HIV-infected men appear to have experienced a “spontaneous cure” to HIV, which may hold the secret to combatting the virus. French scientists studied the two men who contracted HIV but never developed AIDS symptoms. They came from a group known as “elite controllers,” the fewer than 1 percent of people who contract HIV can…

Lawsuit Seeks $500M Over Ebola Gowns

A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases. The suit filed this week alleges that the company knew for at least a year that its Microcool Breathable High Performance Surgical Gown had failed tests of impermeability to blood and microbes, but…

Cops Sent to Enforce Nurse’s Quarantine

Maine State Police were dispatched to enforce the quarantine of nurse Kaci Hickox after she made it clear she would not stay at home for 21 days. “I am not going to sit around and be bullied by politicians and forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American…

Nurse Will Bust Out of Quarantine

Nurse Kaci Hickox announced on the TODAY show Wednesday that she will leave home tomorrow in Maine, despite a 21-day quarantine. “I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines. I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me, even though I am in perfectly good health and feeling strong and…

NBC News freelance cameraman declared free of Ebola

An NBC News freelance cameraman was declared free of Ebola on Tuesday and will be allowed to leave a biocontainment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center, the hospital announced. Ashoka Mukpo was diagnosed with Ebola while working in Liberia for NBC. He was flown back to the United States for treatment.

Canada to start shipping experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO

Canada’s government announced on Saturday that it will start shipping an experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization on Monday. The WHO will consult with its partners, including the health authorities from the affected countries, to determine how best to distribute and use the vaccine.

President Obama to appoint Ron Klain as Ebola czar [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his “Ebola czar,” the president on Thursday signaled his openness to the idea to have one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States. “It may make sense for us to have one person … so that after this initial…

Dallas Ebola Worker on Cruise Ship

Two Dallas health workers have already fallen ill with Ebola, but another who may have had contact with the disease is now on a cruise ship. The unnamed employee of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where a Liberian man named Thomas Duncan died, has agreed to be kept in an isolated cabin on the ship, which…

Dallas Nurse Called CDC Before Flight

Amber Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to contract Ebola, called CDC officials before boarding her flight on Monday because of her high temperature. However, officials say that because her temperature of 99.5 degrees was below the 100.4 reading for a fever, she was told she could board. “The patient was not showing any other symptoms…

Nurses: Hospital Botched Ebola Case

Nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas made scandalous accusations about how the facility treated the first Ebola case in the United States. On Tuesday, several anonymous nurses spoke to reporters in a conference call organized by National Nurses United, which does not represent them. The nurses said Thomas Eric Duncan languished for hours…

Ebola survivor donates blood to Dallas patient [VIDEO]

Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly donated blood to help treat Nina Phram, the Dallas nurse who is the first person to contract the disease in the United States, a spokesperson for Samaritan’s Purse said Monday night. A family spokesperson for Pham confirmed that she received the transfusion from Brantly. It is the third time he…

Dallas Ebola Patient Dies

Texas Health Presbyterian announced on Wednesday that Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the United States, has died. “It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 a.m,” the hospital said in a statement. “He fought courageously in…

5th U.S. Man With Ebola Returns Home

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. Ashoka Mukpo, 33, will be the second patient to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center’s specialized isolation unit. Mukpo was working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC…

US to dispatch 3,000 personnel to West Africa to combat Ebola

President Obama will announce a major surge in U.S. aid to combat Ebola in West Africa on Tuesday, with as many as 3,000 military personnel to be dispatched to train health workers and build treatment clinics. According to senior administration officials,the Defense Department will divert $500 million to the effort, which will include building 17…

Unidentified illness sickens more than a thousand children in US

A respiratory illness that has sent more than a thousand children to emergency rooms or clinics in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem, doctors said Sunday. Officials suspect the disease is a rare respiratory virus called human enterovirus 68, which mimics the common cold. Doctors say they are not sure how the…

Ebola Cases Could Hit 20,000

The record number of 3,069 reported Ebola cases might get much worse, as the UN’s health agency reported Thursday that “the outbreak continues to accelerate.” The World Health Organization believes it could eventually pass 20,000 cases. So far, 1,552 people have died from the virus, but there could be more who have gone unreported. Meanwhile,…

WHO authorizes use of untested drugs to fight Ebola

Doctors in Liberia infected with Ebola will receive an experimental treatment known as ZMapp as the World Health Organization says it is ethical to give untested and unproven drugs to help stem the spread of the outbreak. Photo: Health workers prescreen people for the deadly Ebola virus before they enter the Kenema Government Hospital in…

CDC Issues Highest Alert Over Ebola [VIDEO]

CDC Issues Highest Alert Over Ebola On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest possible emergency health alert over the Ebola outbreak. The ramped up alert allows the federal agency to free up hundreds of workers to focus specifically on the Ebola crisis, but it also indicates that the CDC views…

Second Ebola patient Arrives at Atlanta Hospital

Plane carrying second Ebola patient Arrives at Atlanta Hospital A small plane carrying Nancy Writebol, the second American Ebola patient from Liberia, arrived in the United States Tuesday, making a brief refueling stop in Bangor en route to Atlanta and Emory University Hospital. [usatoday]

Will Experimental Serum Save 2nd American Infected With Ebola [VIDEO]

Nancy Writebol has been given Zmapp, an experimental drug and is being taken to an Atlanta hospital blocks from the CDC. But the experimental drug ZMapp, which Brantly and Writebol received despite the medication never being subjected to clinical trials, is getting a lot of attention. Just last Thursday, Brantly’s condition in Liberia had deteriorated…

Don’t Panic, Yet! ‘Unlikely’ NYC Patient Has Ebola

Calm down, everyone. The NYC hospital patient being tested for Ebola is “unlikely” to have the virus, the Health Department says. The man recently traveled to a country in West Africa where Ebola is currently prevalent, and returned to the U.S. with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. He’s been placed in “strict” isolation while…

University: Atlanta hospital to treat Ebola patient

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta is expected to receive a patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus within the next several days, the university announced. The hospital has a specially built isolation unit to treat patients exposed to certain serious infectious diseases. The unit is one of only four such facilities in the country. Two…

Vials of smallpox discovered in Maryland lab

Smallpox was discovered in a National Institutes of Health storage room last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. Officials say there is no indication that anyone was exposed to the smallpox. The FBI and CDC are investigating how these samples ended up in the storage room. Photo: This 1975 file electronmicrograph…