A patient diagnosed with ebola in the US–should you be worried?

I’m sure you have questions about the patient that has been diagnosed with ebola in Texas. Read below for my recent blog post on the topic as well as two news appearances–yesterday and today on it.

yesterday’s clip: http://www.11alive.com/videos/news/2014/10/01/16524639/

today’s clip: http://www.11alive.com/media/cinematic/video/16581729/ebola-outbreak-are-we-safe/

news article: https://www.sharecare.com/health/infectious-disease/article/first-ebola-virus-patient-diagnoseder23

Dr Darria on FoxNews –

There has been much in the news recently about outbreaks such as measles and pertussis in the US. The outbreaks seem to coincide with areas in which there are large percentages of children that aren’t receiving their full course of vaccines (in some areas of California, vaccination rates are as low as South Sudan…. and we’ll give them a pass, as they’re plagued by ethnic strife and civil war…but I’m not sure what to say for CA).

Catch my latest appearance on FoxNews last week right here –  Wealthy LA schools’ vaccination rates as low as South Sudan


Foxnews vaccines

My latest two appearances on Ebola–and a fascinating WSJ article comparing Ebola outbreaks in different countries

Last week, both American patients that had contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia and had been transferred to Emory University Hospital were found to have recovered, and were discharged.  Many people had questions, including if they were contagious, if it represented any public health risk, and what lessons we were able to learn from their treatment.  Watch my two latest clips from last week to get the answers to these questions and more.

Aug 21: http://www.11alive.com/videos/news/local/2014/08/22/14430631/
Aug 22: http://www.11alive.com/media/cinematic/video/14417137/questions-about-ebola-answered/  ebola_micrograph_virus-afrique

Also, I read a fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal this past weekend about the difference in Ebola care in Uganda, vs. what we’ve seen in the latest west african nations to have the outbreak.  The virus is the same, the continent and populations are the same, but the health policies, medical care, and population’s response to the disease are worlds apart.

Wall Street Journal: A Tale of Two Africas