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.
If there are any more cases of Ebola in the U.S. the CDC says it now has a team ready to respond. It will include experts in infection control, protective equipment and experimental therapies. Anderson spoke with CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden who detailed the plan and discussed what more could have been done to possibly save Thomas Duncan.
Anderson discussed the CDC's protocols for Ebola protection with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and former CDC disease detective Dr. Seema Yasmin.
The Ebola diagnosis for Nina Pham is raising new questions about pets who are exposed to Ebola. Authorities in Dallas say they decided not to euthanize Pham's dog, but it is being monitored by animal control officials and the SPCA.
The dog that belonged to a Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola was not so lucky.
There are no documented cases of a dog spreading Ebola to a human. However, at least one study found dogs can get Ebola without showing symptoms. Anderson discussed this issue with former CDC disease detective Dr. Seema Yasmin and David Sanders, an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue University.
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.
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