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Ebola Confirmed In NYC: Here’s What We Know

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Above, employees of Bellevue Hospital in New York City are pictured taking place in an Ebola preparedness training session earlier this month. Just moments ago, officials confirmed that a patient isolated at Bellevue has tested positive for the Ebola virus.

Above, employees of Bellevue Hospital in New York City are pictured taking place in an Ebola preparedness training session earlier this month. Just moments ago, a patient isolated at Bellevue was confirmed to have tested positive for the Ebola virus.

A doctor in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan has tested positive for the Ebola virus, officials announced just moments ago.

The 33-year-old physician, employed at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, developed a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue Wednesday night, city officials said. On Thursday morning, he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for testing. The doctor, who returned from West Africa about 10 days ago, has been identified as Craig Spencer.

A press conference is expected at any moment. Until then, here are the details we know at this point:

High risk travel history

Spencer recently returned from Guinea, one of the West African countries currently battling…

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BREAKING: NYC Physician Tests Positive For Ebola

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Staff at Bellevue Hospital in New York, which Bellevue Hospital is one of the eight hospitals statewide that Gov. Andrew Cuomo designated earlier this month as part of an Ebola preparedness plan.

Above, staff participate in training at Bellevue Hospital in New York, which is one of the eight hospitals statewide that Gov. Andrew Cuomo designated earlier this month as part of an Ebola preparedness plan. The hospital has just confirmed a case of Ebola moments ago.

The New York Times reports that the doctor in isolation at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital has tested positive for the Ebola virus.

The physician, who just returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea, was hospitalized earlier today after developing a fever of 103 degrees as well as nausea, pain and fatigue Wednesday night, city officials said. On Thursday morning, he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for testing. The doctor, who returned from West Africa about 10 days ago, has been identified as Craig Spencer.

The patient reportedly did not quarantine himself upon returning to the US. City officials said today he took…

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Preparing For The Next Epidemic: Leading Scientists Urge International Community To Learn From Mistakes Made During Ebola Crisis

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Nigeria EbolaThe Ebola virus is spreading rapidly and to an unexpected extent. The outbreak does not follow the patterns experienced in the past and the virus shows a new disease dynamic in regions where it has never been recorded before. In response to the growing threat, a group of leading scientific academies has released a statement urging the international community to learn from our mistakes so we don’t repeat them during the next global public health crisis.

In the statement, co-written by the German National Academy of Sciences-Leopoldina, the German Academy of Science and Engineering, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, the academies call for a series of actions to be taken. To combat the Ebola epidemic vaccines and antivirals are urgently needed; to meet this need, the further development of experimental vaccines and medicines for clinical application needs to be accelerated, they say.

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Memorial Service Held For Ebola Victim Thomas Eric Duncan

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Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. and also the first to die from it, was remembered fondly at a memorial service in North Carolina on Saturday.

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States and also the nation’s first patient to die from it, was remembered fondly by friends and family at a memorial service held in North Carolina on Saturday.

Family and friends of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first and so far only person to die of Ebola in the U.S., was remembered Saturday at memorial service in North Carolina as a compassionate and selfless man. Mourners celebrated the 42-year-old’s life at Rowan International Church in Salisbury, where his sister, mother and nephew worship, according to local NBC affiliate WCNC.

After the service, Duncan’s nephew, Josephus Weeks, said his uncle “cared for everybody, he didn’t care who you were,” adding that he “cared to his own detriment sometimes.” Weeks, who grew up with Duncan but hasn’t seen him in years, said the two were like brothers. “I was looking…

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Stop worrying about catching Ebola on a plane

Originally posted on Dr. Jen Gunter:

Ebola paranoia reached new heights this week. Two health care workers 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. Waffling about who exactly should be quarantined and what that means, if they should fly, etc. doesn’t exactly instill confidence. In fact, it has triggered a fear-fueled version of six degrees of separation.

There has been a flurry of contacting travelers who may have been on the flights with Amber Vinson, the second health care worker who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan and subsequently tested positive for Ebola. Hundreds of people have been contacted. Planes have been decontaminated and seat fabric replaced. Even schools of children who were on the same flight were closed…

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: & Other Lessons from The Crematory, Caitlin Doughty

WOW what a memoir this turned out to be for the most part. Nowadays with all of whats going on around us. Now, just wish that others will follow suit with this, but also for birth and beyond. This also goes with us. At the same time just wish there was more to it because I for one have always had a fascination with this and beyond. Especially, when we are no longer here and beyond.

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Personalized Ovarian Cancer Vaccines Set For Human Clinical Trials

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VaccineA personalized vaccine to treat patients with ovarian cancer may be a reality in the near future, according to new research by University of Connecticut scientists. The vaccine stems from a new technique that identifies protein mutations in cancer cells, and the method is already set to enter human trials.

The study, co-led by Dr. Pramod Srivastava of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine, was published online ahead of print in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

In order for the immune system to attack cancers, it first has to recognize them. Every cell in the body has a sequence of proteins on its exterior that acts like an ID card or secret handshake, confirming that it’s one of the good guys. These protein sequences, called epitopes, are what the immune system ‘sees’ when it looks at a…

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