Maryland health officials designated three hospitals to receive Ebola patients in Maryland — including Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore — changing course from previous plans almost two weeks after the virus spread to two nurses in Texas and as a new case emerged in New York.
Byme Taylor, who moved to Laurel five years ago, lost several relatives, including his 31-year-old brother, a Liberian minister, to the Ebola virus. He said his brother, the Rev. Hezekiah Taylor, who was living with a younger sister, was set to get married in December and had planned to visit Taylor and his family here that same month.
In August 1990, a few hundred Marines helicoptered into Liberia and evacuated U.S. citizens. To Liberians, it was as if the cavalry in a Western movie had showed up in the nick of time, but stopped and galloped off before saving the day. I thought of this image when U.S. troops started landing in large numbers in Liberia, this time to help stem the epidemic of Ebola.
As public health officials seek to get an Ebola vaccine to Africa as soon as possible, human trials are being conducted in Baltimore, Silver Spring and Mali by University of Maryland scientists and other researchers.
As the Ebola virus kills seven out of 10 who contract the disease in West Africa (says the World Health Organization), and as officials in the U.S. work to contain it and develop a vaccine, warnings from Gallo and Sommer bear repeating, especially in a country that considers itself medically and scientifically exceptional.
Seeking to allay fears after an Ebola patient was transported to Bethesda, Gov. Martin O'Malley said Friday state public health officials are on guard to contain the virus, though they will likely see more scares and possible cases.
A local longshoremen's union in Baltimore temporarily stopped work loading domestically-used vehicles onto a ship bound for West Africa out of fear of Ebola on board, as an infected Dallas nurse is transferred to NIH in Bethesda.
As officials investigate how the nurses contracted Ebola despite following safety guidelines, caregivers in Maryland are examining if they have the training and equipment to protect themselves should the virus travel here.
Officials from Harford County's hospital system said they are prepared to deal with any possibility of the Ebola virus occurring in the county, but they declined to say specifically what that protocol would look like.
If the transmission of the deadly Ebola virus from a now-deceased patient to one of his nurses occurred because of a "protocol breach," what does that say about the general state of patient and caregiver safety in hospitals across the country?
Forty health care workers in Mali are receiving a vaccine that guards against the Ebola virus as a University of Maryland School of Medicine center launches the first human trials of the experimental vaccine.
A man who was admitted to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda last week after being exposed to Ebola was released Tuesday, after his symptoms were determined not to be related to the virus, the NIH said.
In the last few weeks we've heard a lot about the Ebola epidemic and work to contain its spread and potentially tragic consequences. But influenza is a preventable infectious disease that represents a much greater risk to the health of Marylanders.
By By Julie Stanik-Hutt and Janet Selway and Andrea Schram
Officials at Washington, D.C. area hospitals ruled out Ebola in two patients who were suspected of having the deadly virus as national and local health authorities sought to reassure the public that they were prepared for an outbreak.
While Maryland health officials urged caregivers this week to be alert for possible Ebola virus cases, they were also quick to emphasize there are other – perhaps more contagious – pathogens for which they are also monitoring.
Maryland public health officials are putting caregivers — from Baltimore's major teaching hospitals to strip-mall urgent care centers to ambulances — on heightened alert for signs of Ebola as details emerge about missteps in Dallas where a man with the deadly virus was initially sent home from a hospital.