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27 August 2014

Containing the Ebola Outbreak

For the week of August 31st, 2014

The Ebola virus is spreading through West Africa at an alarming rate. Efforts to contain this worst-ever outbreak have fallen short so far, and there is no cure or vaccine for Ebola. An experimental drug has show some promise, but it is in short supply. On this week’s Access Minnesota, Kristen Ehresmann from the Minnesota Department of Health joins us to discuss the Ebola outbreak and how Minnesota officials are responding to the crisis.

  • Guest: Kristen Ehresmann, Director of the Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control at the Minnesota Department of Health
  • Issues: The origins of the Ebola virus, how it affects the body and how it spreads from person to person; Challenges of containing Ebola; How Ebola compares to other deadly diseases and viruses; Why cures and vaccines have been so elusive
  • Part 1

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