An American nurse recently exposed to Ebola while volunteering at a treatment unit in Sierra Leone is expected to be admitted to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda sometime Thursday.
As the U.S. government has stepped up its efforts against the deadly spread of Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in West Africa in recent months, federal and military personnel in and around Maryland have joined the fight
Federal health regulators have tapped Johns Hopkins Medicine to lead development of a Web-based tool to train doctors, nurses and other health care workers on the protocols they should follow when treating patients with, or at risk of contracting, Ebola.
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, the chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Monday the panel will hold a hearing on fighting the spread of Ebola — the latest indication Congress is preparing to consider additional funding to deal with the virus.
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.
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.