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Ebola: What’s Happening Now?

Viviana Aragon, Staff Writer

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Just a few weeks ago, Thomas Duncan flew back into the United States from Africa. When he was returning, he showed no symptoms of having Ebola. When no symptoms are present, Ebola cannot be passed on. Soon after Duncan arrived, he began to feel sick and went to the hospital. He died just last week.

Just recently, it was found that a 26-year-old nurse obtained Ebola while caring for Duncan. The nurse was later identified as Nina Pham. Officials said that Pham was wearing protective gear when she was caring for Duncan after he was diagnosed with Ebola and isolated.

Pham was keeping track of her temperature while looking after Duncan to make sure she was not contaminated at any point. On Friday night, her temperature began to steadily drop, and she immediately went to the emergency room. After a thorough examination, Pham was diagnosed with Ebola and immediately put into isolation.

Also happening now: Health employees in Liberia, one of the countries most strongly affected, went on strike on Monday because they want better pay and protection during this outbreak of Ebola. Over one hundred health workers in Liberia have already died of this treacherous disease.

In reaction to this, the government had promised to pay all doctors and nurses three hundred dollars extra per month because of the elevated risk associated with completing their job. Doctors and nurses working directly with patients with Ebola were to receive a pay raise of four hundred fifty dollars a month during this time. These changes were supposed to be in effect starting September, but they have yet to actually start.

Also recently, a man who returned from Liberia to Boston, Massachusetts began to feel sick. When he went to the hospital, he was put into isolation, but he did not appear to have Ebola, Just a few hours later, another patient in the Boston area was quarantined with having yet another possible case of Ebola. He is currently being treated for this disease.

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