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An Ebola Strategy Brings Good News To One Liberian Town

The town of Foya has had no new cases in a month. Credit goes to a care center and an ongoing effort to calm fears and allow family members to communicate with patients — and view the dead.
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Virginia Creates New Protocol To Monitor Possible Ebola Cases

All travelers who arrive in Virginia from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will be put through the Virginia Department of Health's new 21-day monitoring program.
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Maryland Will Track Travelers From West Africa As Part Of Ebola Precautions

Maryland will use a database provided by the Centers for Disease Control to identify and categorize travelers arriving in Maryland from certain West African nations.

Soda-Makers Try To Take Fizz Out Of Bay Area Tax Campaigns

Voters will decide on a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in Berkeley and a 2-cent-per-ounce tax in San Francisco. But the soda industry's lobbying group has spent millions blasting the measures.

Medical Journal To Governors: You're Wrong About Ebola Quarantine

Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo have called for mandatory quarantine for "high risk" individuals returning from Ebola-stricken countries. The New England Journal of Medicine begs to differ.

A History Of Quarantine, From The Black Death To Typhoid Mary

Melissa Block speaks with Howard Markel of University of Michigan about the history of medical quarantine.

Different Ebola Quarantine Policies Send A Confusing Message

The White House says it's working on guidelines for how to deal with those coming to the U.S. from Ebola-stricken countries. But several states have jumped out ahead, generating controversy.

CDC Chief Announces New Shift In Ebola Protocols

The new protocol announced by Dr. Tom Frieden on Monday stops short of the mandatory 21-day quarantines imposed by some states. Instead, it relies on individual assessment and close monitoring.

New Jersey Case Raises Questions About Legality Of Ebola Quarantines

The nurse who was put in quarantine upon arrival at New Jersey's main international airport has been told she may return home to Maine but will be monitored there by state officials.

New York's Disease Detectives Hit The Street In Search Of Ebola

When a New York City doctor was diagnosed with Ebola, the epidemiologists knew just what to do: search the city for potential contacts.It's a gig they perform daily with far more contagious diseases.