African Scientist: African Corruption Made Ebola Worse

By Maryn / November 4, 2014

Oyewale Tomori, president of the Nigerian Academy of Science, says Ebola has been worsened by an epidemic of misspent resources.

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The Grim Future if Ebola Goes Global

By Maryn / October 27, 2014

The biggest danger of Ebola is letting it spread unchecked in Africa. If we decide to detain people coming from Africa, it could deter health care workers from going there to treat the epidemic.

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Ebolanoia: The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Ebola Fear Itself

By Maryn / October 22, 2014

The Ebola epidemic in Africa looks likely to continue for months more, and it’s possible that another traveler might make it to the United States, either covertly or innocently. If so, let’s try to keep our Ebolanoia under control.

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What Would Keep Ebola from Spreading in the US? Investing in Simple Research Years Ago.

By Maryn / October 13, 2014

Attention to mundane details is crucial to controlling the spread of an infectious disease.

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US Will Screen Air Passengers for Signs of Ebola. Will It Work?

By Maryn / October 9, 2014

If you’ve been following the Ebola story, you may have noticed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a move yesterday to try to keep the disease off US soil. At the five US airports that receive most passengers from the three countries where Ebola is circulating, passengers will be singled out on […]

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Keys to Controlling Ebola in the US: Travel Records and Infection Control

By Maryn / October 1, 2014

If you’re at all interested in infectious diseases, you’ve probably heard by now that a person traveled to the United States while infected with Ebola, was diagnosed and is now in a hospital in Texas. (I was on a flight without Wi-Fi yesterday from before the press conference was announced to after it concluded. Turning […]

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White House Actions on Antibiotic Resistance: Big Steps, Plus Disappointments

By Maryn / September 22, 2014

The United States government proposed several important steps last week that, if accomplished, will significantly change how this country attempts to counter the advance of antibiotic resistance.

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Via Farmworkers, Superbugs Find a Route Away from Drug-Using Farms

By Maryn / September 21, 2014

A new study shows that people who work with farm animals are carrying superbugs home in their noses.

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The Mathematics of Ebola Trigger Stark Warnings: Act Now or Regret It

By Maryn / September 14, 2014

Without immediate action, Ebola could claim tens to hundreds of thousands more lives by the end of 2014.

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Unseen Suburban Danger: Children Dying of Mosquito-Borne Diseases

By Maryn / September 10, 2014

A new report in the journal Pediatrics found that between 2003 and 2012, more than 100 children and teens each year were made dangerously ill or paralyzed by infections carried by mosquitoes, and two died.

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