Jason Beaubien http://wfdd.org en Ebola Wreaks Economic Woe In West Africa http://wfdd.org/post/ebola-wreaks-economic-woe-west-africa In eastern Sierra Leone, health officials have set up the world's largest treatment for the Ebola virus. It's getting new patients every day, in an outbreak that's killed over 600 people in West Africa. Businesses in the area are suffering, and people are finding it difficult to earn a living. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 12457 at http://wfdd.org Ebola Wreaks Economic Woe In West Africa As Death Count Rises, Health Officials Work To Stem Ebola's Spread http://wfdd.org/post/death-count-rises-health-officials-work-stem-ebolas-spread The World Health Organization is reporting that the Ebola virus has yet to be contained in West Africa. It's one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in decades — with over 500 cases, some 330 of which ended in death. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 11901 at http://wfdd.org Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm http://wfdd.org/post/thriving-towns-east-africa-are-good-news-parasitic-worm People trying to grow food and support their families on the shores of Lake Malawi are not only causing serious environmental problems, they're also causing a surge in a debilitating disease.<p>Thriving towns along the lake are changing the ecosystem in ways that are allowing a parasitic worm to flourish, researchers <a href="http://www.cell.com/trends/parasitology/abstract/S1471-4922(14)00038-5">reported</a> last week in the journal <em>Trends in Parasitology</em>.<p>The intestinal disease, called <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/schistosomiasis/">schistosomiasis</a>, won't kill you, but Wed, 28 May 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 11524 at http://wfdd.org Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus http://wfdd.org/post/how-us-hospitals-are-planning-stop-deadly-mers-virus In the past month, Middle East respiratory syndrome has morphed from a little-known disease in the Arabian Peninsula to a major global health concern, with more than 300 cases in Saudi Arabia in April, 54 of them fatal.<p>Two cases have been reported in the U.S. as well — one in Indiana and one in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/12/311879323/deadly-mers-virus-detected-in-florida">Florida</a>. Both men had worked in Saudi Arabia hospitals. Wed, 14 May 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 11246 at http://wfdd.org How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency http://wfdd.org/post/comeback-polio-public-health-emergency It is, says the World Health Organization, "an extraordinary event." Polio is spreading to a degree that constitutes a public health emergency.<p>The global drive to wipe out the virus had driven the number of polio cases down from 300,000 in the late 1980s to just 417 cases last year. The World Health Organization has set a goal of wiping out polio by 2018.<p>But this year, polio has been reported in 10 countries, and there are fears the number could rise. Mon, 05 May 2014 22:47:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 11040 at http://wfdd.org The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency