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October 20th, 2014
11:20 PM ET

What is it like to treat Ebola patients from inside a 'space suit'

Dr. Steven Hatch is an infectious disease specialist volunteering at a clinic in Liberia run by the International Medical Corps. Before he left, he wrote about why he chose one of the toughest jobs in the world:

"Why do firefighters run headlong to the fire? To put it out, of course. Ebola is not really different, and it is my fire; along with many other colleagues, I go to put it out."

He spoke to Anderson about the challenges of treating patients from inside suits that do not allow physical contact and even prevent patients from seeing the full faces of the people caring for them.

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October 17th, 2014
10:10 PM ET

Can this robot help stop the spread of Ebola?

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.

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October 17th, 2014
09:58 PM ET

Hope riding on ZMapp

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.

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Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Dr. Seema Yasmin • Ebola
October 16th, 2014
11:39 PM ET

Whistleblower nurse: I would do anything and everything not to be a patient there

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."

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October 16th, 2014
11:15 PM ET

Unanswered questions about Ebola

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.

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October 16th, 2014
01:06 AM ET

Amber Vinson's neighbors react to her diagnosis

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.


Filed under: Ebola • Gary Tuchman
October 16th, 2014
12:23 AM ET

Message from Ashoka Mukpo: "Dad, I'm out of the woods"

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.

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October 16th, 2014
12:18 AM ET

Nurses' Union Co-President: We need to spread readiness not fear

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.


Filed under: Ebola
October 16th, 2014
12:09 AM ET

Dr. Kent Brantly: I think there is a lot of irrational fear about Ebola

Dr. Kent Brantly contracted Ebola while working as a missionary in Liberia and he is one of the few success stories of this crisis. Dr. Brantly was the first Ebola patient to arrive in the U.S. After doctors in Atlanta helped him recover from the disease, he has become an advocate for those still battling Ebola. Dr. Brantly has donated plasma to three other patients. He spoke to  Anderson about the importance of fighting the spread of Ebola in West Africa, but warns "the answer is not simply closing the borders."

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October 14th, 2014
10:45 PM ET

Doctors in Dallas try to ease Ebola fears

Nina Pham is the first person to contract Ebola in the U.S. and that has many in the area fearing the same fate. Gary Tuchman is in Dallas where he saw how doctors are working to put nervous patients at ease.

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