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Zika questions answered: If Zika is the cause of microcephaly why are we just seeing it now?

      This is a common question that many have used to question the link between Zika and microcephaly. It is a valid point. After all, viruses have been around forever so if Zika caused microcephaly wouldn’t we already know that? The answer is pretty simple – Zika is actually a relatively new virus … Continue reading

Stop worrying about catching Ebola on a plane

Ebola paranoia reached new heights this week. Two health care workersĀ infected is a very scary thing, but this should be mostly frightening for health care workers as caregivers are the people most at risk of catching Ebola. The CDC has issued conflicting statements, which doesn’t help. When people are worried then need a strong lead. … Continue reading

Stopping Ebola in the U.S. starts with transferring the two patients from Dallas to Emory

The stunningly horrible news from this morning: another health care worker at Dallas Presbyterian has contracted Ebola. Health care workers are at extremely high risk for contracting Ebola as patients produce an enormous amount of infected body fluids. I read one report that says 10 liters of liquid stool a day. And then there’s the … Continue reading

Why treating the two Americans with Ebola at Emory is so important

Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever that causes death by what seems like a virally induced stigmata. That statement could be even shorter. With a fatality rate that can reach 80-90% we could just say that Ebola is death. The WHO says this most recent outbreak is “moving faster than our efforts to control it” and … Continue reading

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