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.
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 What if that advice is outdated?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.
It is still unclear how nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola. An official tells CNN that CDC disease detectives interviewed her several times and thought there were "inconsistencies" in the type of protective gear that she wore, along with the process of putting it on and taking it off. Dr. Sanjay Gupta shows what that process looks like and why it is so difficult.
Anderson spoke with Dr. Phil Smith who is the Medical Director of the Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit. They discussed the intense training and drills that his staff went through to prepare for treating Ebola patients, including NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo.
Gary Tuchman spoke to the neighbors of Nina Pham, the Texas nurse who is now fighting Ebola. One neighbor describes her as someone who is friendly, positive and always has a smile. But others were quick to express their fears about the spread of the disease.
How concerned should the community really be? Anderson discussed this with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Peter Shearer, Medical Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital and Dr. Seema Yasmin, who is a former CDC disease detective.
A four-year-old New Jersey boy is the first confirmed fatality from enterovirus D68. It is a particularly nasty strain of a common respiratory virus. It has sickened hundreds of children across the country. Eli Waller was killed by the virus, even though he reportedly had no symptoms. Susan Candiotti has the latest.
Anderson spoke with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta about Eli's case and why some children with Enterovirus are experiencing paralysis.
There are so many questions and concerns about Ebola and what this first case in the U.S. really means. Viewers have been sending us questions on Facebook and Twitter. We got answers from Dr. Irwin Redlener, Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and David Quammen, author of "Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus."
Up to 3,000 U.S. troops could be heading to Liberia to help in the battle against Ebola. President Obama addressed the crisis today in a speech at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Global health officials have been sounding the alarm about this outbreak and begging for help. Can the president's plan help end this outbreak? Anderson discussed it with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
It starts out seeming like an ordinary cold, but in a matter of hours it could leave a child gasping for air. So far, hundreds of children in at least ten states have been sickened and the virus appears to be spreading to kids and not adults. Health officials fear the outbreak is still in its early stages. Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to Anderson about what to do if you suspect your child may be suffering from enterovirus.
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