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October 9th, 2014
10:00 PM ET

Family: Thomas Eric Duncan was treated unfairly 

Thomas Eric Duncan was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. He is now the first person to die from the disease in this country. His nephew released a statement saying:

"Eric Duncan was treated unfairly. Eric walked into the hospital, the other patients were carried in after an 18 hour flight. It is suspicious to us that all the white patients survived and this one black patient passed away. It took 8 days to get him medicine. He didn't begin treatment in Africa, he began treatment here, but he wasn't given a chance."

CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has more on the questions about Duncan's care.

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Filed under: Ebola • Elizabeth Cohen • Thomas Duncan
October 8th, 2014
10:23 PM ET

Did Thomas Duncan get the best possible treatment?

The missteps in treating Thomas Duncan began when he was initially sent home from the hospital with antibiotics, even after the staff was alerted that he had recently been in Liberia. Duncan did receive an experimental treatment for Ebola, but only after days of lying in a hospital bed. Some in Duncan's community are comparing his treatment to that of NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo. Elizabeth Cohen takes a closer look.

Anderson has spoken to Thomas Duncan's partner Louise several times on AC360. Today she received the news she feared most. Pastor George Mason was the one to break that news to Louise and he described to Anderson his frustration at not being able to hug her in her moment of grief.


Filed under: Ebola • Elizabeth Cohen
August 21st, 2014
11:11 PM ET

Was there a struggle between Michael Brown and Officer Wilson?

A private autopsy found that Michael Brown was shot at least six times. But so far, there is little verifiable information on what happened in the moments before Officer Wilson opened fire. Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen looks at the clues that forensic scientists will use to piece together Michael Brown's final moments.

How many times did Officer Wilson pull the trigger? Susan Candiotti looks at what investigators can learn from ballistics evidence.

Go behind the scenes of Elizabeth Cohen's visit to South Carolina's Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

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Filed under: Elizabeth Cohen • Ferguson • Michael Brown • Susan Candiotti
August 13th, 2014
11:30 PM ET

Husband of American missionary battling Ebola speaks from quarantine

Nancy Writebol is one of two Americans flown to Atlanta after being infected with Ebola in West Africa. Medical officials are not taking any chances with her husband David. He returned to the U.S. and is being kept in quarantine. He spoke to Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.

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Filed under: Ebola • Elizabeth Cohen
August 4th, 2014
11:29 PM ET

Treating Ebola in Sierra Leone

This latest Ebola outbreak in Western Africa has already killed more than 700 people. Doctors there are struggling to contain the spread of the disease, which the World Health Organization says has a mortality rate near 90% with no known vaccine. David McKenzie reports from Sierra Leone where he described a sense of panic, but also a sense of fortitude.

Is it possible to stop someone with Ebola from getting on a plane and spreading the disease? Elizabeth Cohen takes a closer look at the precautions.


Filed under: David McKenzie • Ebola • Elizabeth Cohen • Sierra Leone
May 20th, 2014
10:50 PM ET

Germs in Flight

According to Auburn University research presented at an American Society for Microbiology meeting, potentially dangerous bacteria can linger on airplane surfaces for days. The study took a look at two bacteria: Staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA and E. coli O157:H7. Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen talked to Anderson about which surfaces the germs can survive on the longest and what precautions to take.

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February 26th, 2014
10:17 PM ET

Birth defect surge in Washington state stumps medical officials

In one small pocket of Washington state, a devastating type of birth defect is occurring at rates that are off-the-charts. Almost all affected babies die shortly after birth. Some experts say that it's possible this is just a random cluster of horrible luck. But what if something in the environment is the culprit? State health officials say they've looked and found nothing. But there are serious questions being raised about that investigation. Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has the story.

 

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January 29th, 2014
11:02 PM ET

Ill-fated cruise ends as hundreds of sick passengers return home

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship 'Explorer of the Seas' returned to its port in Bayonne, New Jersey two days early. Nearly 700 people onboard were sickened by a gastrointestinal illness. Their symptoms were consistent with the norovirus. Which is to say it wasn’t a pretty sight on board that ship. Elizabeth Cohen spoke to passengers as they returned to shore.

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January 27th, 2014
09:34 PM ET

Hundreds get sick as cruise turns into vacation nightmare

A Royal Caribbean cruise is being cut short, after more than 600 people on board came down with a gastrointestinal illness. The cause hasn't been pinpointed, but the company says the symptoms are consistent with norovirus. Elizabeth Cohen has the latest.

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January 10th, 2014
10:50 PM ET

What will it take to make water safe again for some 300,000 West Virginians?

Authorities in West Virginia are warning hundreds of thousands of residents that their water is unsafe for drinking, cooking and washing. Investigators say a chemical used to wash coal contaminated the local water supply. What will it take to make the water safe again? Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has the latest.

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