Jason Beaubien http://www.kunc.org en Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola http://www.kunc.org/post/rumor-patrol-no-snake-bag-did-not-cause-ebola "A lady had a snake in a bag. When somebody opened the bag, that made the lady die."<p>That's the beginning of a story that Temba Morris often hears about the origins of Ebola. Morris runs a government health clinic in a remote village near Sierra Leone's border with Guinea. According to the story, somebody else then looked inside the bag.<p>"And the one who opened the bag also died," is what Morris hears next. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 59006 at http://www.kunc.org Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola Ebola Is A Deadly Virus — But Doctors Say It Can Be Beaten http://www.kunc.org/post/ebola-deadly-virus-doctors-say-it-can-be-beat Saidu Kanneh was given a hero's welcome last week when he walked into a community meeting about Ebola in a tiny village of mud huts in the Kissi Kama region of Sierra Leone. Kanneh was diagnosed with Ebola early in July, was treated for 12 days in a Doctors Without Borders hospital and overcame the disease.<p>"God has made me as an example to survive and then get into the community to talk to my people," says Kanneh, who's about 40 years old and runs a health clinic near the border with Guinea and Liberia. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 58992 at http://www.kunc.org Ebola Is A Deadly Virus — But Doctors Say It Can Be Beaten Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm http://www.kunc.org/post/thriving-towns-are-good-news-parasitic-worm People trying to grow food and support their families on the shores of Lake Malawi are not only causing serious environmental problems, they're also causing a surge in a debilitating disease.<p>Thriving towns along the lake are changing the ecosystem in ways that are allowing a parasitic worm to flourish, researchers <a href="http://www.cell.com/trends/parasitology/abstract/S1471-4922(14)00038-5">reported</a> last week in the journal <em>Trends in Parasitology</em>.<p>The intestinal disease, called <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/schistosomiasis/">schistosomiasis</a>, won't kill you, but Wed, 28 May 2014 20:39:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 57101 at http://www.kunc.org Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm CIA Announces Plans To End Fake Vaccination Programs http://www.kunc.org/post/cia-announces-plans-end-fake-vaccination-programs The White House announced that the CIA will stop using fake vaccination programs to further its spy operations. The decision comes after leaders from U.S. public health schools brought the practice to light. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 20 May 2014 20:37:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 56763 at http://www.kunc.org How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus http://www.kunc.org/post/how-us-hospitals-are-planning-stop-deadly-mers-virus In the past month, Middle East respiratory syndrome has morphed from a little-known disease in the Arabian Peninsula to a major global health concern, with more than 300 cases in Saudi Arabia in April, 54 of them fatal.<p>Two cases have been reported in the U.S. as well — one in Indiana and one in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/12/311879323/deadly-mers-virus-detected-in-florida">Florida</a>. Both men had worked in Saudi Arabia hospitals. Wed, 14 May 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 56530 at http://www.kunc.org How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus