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Ebola in Texas: What Lessons Have We Learned, One Year Later?

We mark a strange anniversary today. This time last year, a disease frightening and foreign to many Americans landed on the Lone Star state’s doorstep. Ebola, a disease ravaging Western Africa, found its way to the emergency room at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where Thomas Eric Duncan was told to go home and sleep off his virus. […]

We mark a strange anniversary today. This time last year, a disease frightening and foreign to many Americans landed on the Lone Star state’s doorstep. Ebola, a disease ravaging Western Africa, found its way to the emergency room at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where Thomas Eric Duncan was told to go home and sleep off his virus. Days later he was back in the hospital with a diagnosis of Ebola, and suddenly the spotlight was on healthcare in Texas and our state’s ability to deal with infectious diseases.

Today, we look at how Ebola affected both Houston and Dallas a year ago. We talk with News 88.7’s health and science reporter Carrie Feibel, and Lauren Silverman, the health, science and technology reporter and blogger for KERA News in Dallas.

MORE:
Surviving Ebola (KERA News)
Kids With Ebola Is Not a Happy Thought, But Texas Children’s Hospital Is Ready (News 88.7, Sept. 29, 2015)

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