Fareed Zakaria was just six-months-old when his father was elected to be a government minister in India, but his background remains a mystery. His father was orphaned as a child, and Fareed does not know much about his background. Fareed and his mother took DNA tests that turned up some surprising results on their roots journey.
Fareed sat down with Anderson and discussed why he was initially so reluctant about researching his roots.
Can this robot help stop the spread of Ebola?One of the biggest challenges in containing Ebola is properly disinfecting exposed areas. One potential solution appears to come straight out of a science fiction film. Paul Vercammen introduces us to Xenex, a high-tech germ-killing machine that using light 25,000 brighter than the sun.
The Obama administration has asked three labs to scale up production of the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol both received ZMapp before they were airlifted back to the U.S. Thomas Duncan and other patients were given other experimental drugs because there wasn't any more ZMapp. So far, it has not been studied in rigorous clinical trials and no one can say for sure that it actually helps patients.
Anderson discussed the hopes and risks of ZMapp with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, former CDC disease detective Dr. Seema Yasmin and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine's Dr. William Fischer II.
Earlier this year, Dr. Fischer treated Ebola patients in Guinea where he was working with Doctors Without Borders. He wrote a series of moving e-mails that you can read here.
Nurse Briana Aguirre works at Texas Presbyterian Hospital, though her future there is now uncertain. That's because she is speaking out about what she says she's seen and experienced during the treatment of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan and others. She speaks to Anderson with her attorney Bob Kelly. Ms. Aguirre describes chaos, a lack of training, confusing protocols from the CDC and unnecessary risks that she says the nurses were exposed to on the job.
Briana describes how she wore Ebola protective gear that covered most of her body in two or three layers of plastic, but left her neck exposed.
She went on to claim that two weeks into the hospital's Ebola crisis, nurses like her did not have the same level of protection as sanitation workers at the hospital.
Briana says she is tired of the hospital 'blaming the nurses for being sick.'
Briana Aguirre and her attorney raised concerns about whether she would still have her job after the interview. AC360 received a statement form Texas Health Presbyterian saying:
"Her employment status is the same today as it was yesterday. We would welcome the opportunity to learn more about her observations when she is willing."
Dr. Sanjay Gupta went on a journey with his family to find their roots in India. He accompanied both of his parents back to their hometowns and found a family history that dates back 40 generations. While in India, Dr. Gupta's daughters joined him in laying new roots for future generations to uncover.
It seems like each day new questions surface about Ebola. We have heard repeatedly that quarantines for Ebola should last 21 days. What if that advice is outdated? It turns out there is still a lot that science doesn't know about Ebola. Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a closer look.
Hazmat crews arrived to decontaminate Amber Vinson's apartment today. Gary Tuchman spoke to some of her neighbors. Some admitted they are a little anxious, another was more concerned about a panic than the disease itself.
Freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo was infected with Ebola while covering the outbreak in West Africa. Anderson spoke with his parents Diana Mukpo and Mitchell Levy. They discussed Ashoka's current condition and described the moment they received the news of his Ebola diagnosis.
The union National Nurses United has blasted Texas Presbyterian Hospital's handling of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan. The union released a list of disturbing claims that include Mr. Duncan being left outside of isolation for hours where he was in the presence of other patients, a lack of access to proper supplies and not having anyone to pick up medical waste, which they say piled up near the ceiling. The hospital released a statement:
"Patient and employee safety is our greatest priority and we take compliance very seriously. We have numerous measures in place to provide a safe working environment, including mandatory annual training and a 24-7 hotline and other mechanisms that allow for anonymous reporting. Our nursing staff is committed to providing quality, compassionate care, as we have always known, and as the world has seen firsthand in recent days. We will continue to review and respond to any concerns raised by our nurses and all employees. "
Anderson discussed all of this with National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger.
There are fears of a walkout by medical workers in Texas. Anderson spoke about the situation with Dr. Joseph McCormick, who is the Dean of the University of Texas School of Public Health.