It's been a year since the World Health Organization officially declared that there was an Ebola outbreak in West Africa. A doctor and health journalist compare notes on what has been a long and traumatic year — and an epidemic that isn't over just yet.
The Ebola epidemic has slowed to a trickle in Liberia, and the American soldiers who helped with the medical response effort have ended their missions. But aid workers caution that vigilance — and more infrastructure — is still needed.
Craig Spencer set off a panic in New York City when he was diagnosed with Ebola last October, accused of reckless behavior by politicians and the media. Now recovered Spencer speaks out against the hysteria that followed his diagnosis in an exclusive interview with WNYC.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is slowing in some areas, but the crisis is far from over. And the virus' grip on the medical system in countries like Liberia means that people with other diseases or injuries often go without medical help.
There are plenty of kinds of workers mobilizing to fight Ebola in West Africa, not just doctors and nurses. They include "contact tracers," who monitor people and try to get them to respect quarantines. They say they're still doing a vital job without the tools they need.
Ebola is still a scary, hot-button issue in the United States, and some Africans immigrants say they're being harrassed and discriminated against because of those fears. Now a web- and phone-based hotline is hoping to collect those stories and use them to fight back against unwarranted attacks.
British chemist Anthony England was at home with plenty of time on his hands during the Ebola outbreak, reading the ongoing coverage and reactions. But the errors he found online infuriated him, leading him to make a satirical Ebola map that's gone viral around the world.
Morocco is scheduled to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, the most important trophy on the continent. But its pleas to delay the tournament over the Ebola outbreak are being refused by Africa's governing body for soccer, which is getting a mixed review from players and club officials.
No sooner had New York and New Jersey enacted strict new quarantine measures for travelers and health workers from West Africa than the backlash began. Health workers and officials quickly forced the states to rescind their policies, saying they'll keep doctors and nurses from going to West Africa.
Liberian American Shoana Solomon is one of four women who have launched the "I am Liberian, not a virus" campaign to fight the stigma of Ebola. She's been especially motivated to battle unwarranted fear of West Africans since her nine-year-old daughter was harassed at her school in Delaware.
The news of a US-based case of Ebola has led to hostility against many Liberians and other Africans in the United States. But Liberian Americans are focusing on delivering aid, in many forms, to families affected by the Ebola crisis back home.
Hussein Mohamed hosts a radio show called Sagal Radio in Atlanta. His show is aimed at issues relating to the immigrant community from Africa, and he says one of them is the danger that Ebola is making people suspicious of all Africans.
Eid al-Adha is a big occasion for Muslims around the globe. But for any part of the Muslim world that's staring down the barrel of Ebola right now — like Guinea, the country where the current outbreak began — the parties are muted.
With the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who was being treated in Dallas, calls for expanded anti-Ebola measures have gained urgency. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer is one official who's calling for more screening at airports to try and catch infected travelers.
Kenya's tourism industry was just starting to recover from last year's attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi. Now it's Ebola that's scaring people away — even though the country is nowhere near the outbreak in West Africa.
Diseases that can move between animals and humans — called zoonotic diseases — make up a majority of infectious diseases that humans can get, scientists say. So it's no wonder that out-of-control logging in West Africa has likely aided the spread of Ebola.
When does sharing information about Ebola simply spread fear? That's the balance health care reporters in developed countries are trying to strike as they report on the spread of the disease but acknowledge the extremely low risks outside of West Africa.
With the American military presence in West Africa starting to ramp up, the US ambassador in Monrovia says all of the elements are in place to start containing the outbreak — but action needs to come faster to really make a difference.
Health workers are contracting Ebola, leading many people to take a look at the facilities that treat Ebola patients. Here's how one treatment center in Liberia tries to move its workers and patients through to cut down on the risks of transmission.
Dr. Adam Levine just returned from Liberia, where he spent more than a month helping to treat Ebola patients. Now that he's back and waiting to see if he's officially clear of the disease, he's feeling the same isolation many West Africans feel — and he says the panic in the US isn't helping anti-Ebola efforts.