Jason Beaubien http://wncw.org en The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan http://wncw.org/post/hidden-costs-fighting-polio-pakistan Pakistan is currently at the center of the global effort to eradicate polio. Although the country has reported only about a <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx">hundred</a> cases this year, that's more cases than in all other nations combined.<p>Eliminating the paralyzing disease is a major logistical operation in Pakistan. More than 200,000 vaccinators fan out across the country, several times a year, to inoculate millions of children. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:31:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37974 at http://wncw.org The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication http://wncw.org/post/taliban-pakistan-derail-world-polio-eradication Last January Salma Jaffar was shot while she was going door to door in Karachi, giving children drops of the polio vaccine.<p>"Even when they took out the pistol, I couldn't understand why he was taking out the gun," Jaffar says of the two men who pulled up on a motorcycle and started shooting at the vaccination team.<p>"But when he opened fire, that is when I thought it was the end of the life," she says. "My first thought was that I won't be able to see my children again."<p>Jaffar was shot four times: twice in her arm and twice in her chest. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37928 at http://wncw.org Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola http://wncw.org/post/rumor-patrol-no-snake-bag-did-not-cause-ebola "A lady had a snake in a bag. When somebody opened the bag, that made the lady die."<p>That's the beginning of a story that Temba Morris often hears about the origins of Ebola. Morris runs a government health clinic in a remote village near Sierra Leone's border with Guinea. According to the story, somebody else then looked inside the bag.<p>"And the one who opened the bag also died," is what Morris hears next. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:17:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37685 at http://wncw.org Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola Ebola Is A Deadly Virus — But Doctors Say It Can Be Beaten http://wncw.org/post/ebola-deadly-virus-doctors-say-it-can-be-beat Saidu Kanneh was given a hero's welcome last week when he walked into a community meeting about Ebola in a tiny village of mud huts in the Kissi Kama region of Sierra Leone. Kanneh was diagnosed with Ebola early in July, was treated for 12 days in a Doctors Without Borders hospital and overcame the disease.<p>"God has made me as an example to survive and then get into the community to talk to my people," says Kanneh, who's about 40 years old and runs a health clinic near the border with Guinea and Liberia. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37659 at http://wncw.org Ebola Is A Deadly Virus — But Doctors Say It Can Be Beaten Facility Sets Up Extreme Precautions To Treat Ebola Patients http://wncw.org/post/facility-sets-extreme-precautions-treat-ebola-patients Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Arun Rath. The worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded continues to spread in West Africa. And medical workers in Sierra Leone have responded by expanding an extraordinary field hospital. It opened less than a month ago, but it now has the largest Ebola isolation unit ever built, with 64 beds. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37603 at http://wncw.org To Combat Ebola Outbreak, Health Officials Call For 'Drastic' Action http://wncw.org/post/combat-ebola-outbreak-health-officials-call-drastic-action Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The World Health Organization, today, wrapped up an emergency meeting in West Africa on how to stop the growing Ebola outbreak there. The outbreak is now the largest ever recorded. The group Doctors Without Borders described the situation as out of control, and the World Health Organization is saying there needs to be drastic action to contain it. NPR's Jason Beaubien has been following the Ebola outbreak and monitoring this meeting in Ghana. He joins me now here in the studio. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 36974 at http://wncw.org Second Surge Of Ebola Strikes West Africa http://wncw.org/post/second-surge-ebola-strikes-west-africa Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>An Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now the largest and most deadly outbreak of that virus ever recorded. The first cases were confirmed in Guinea in March. Health officials thought they had a handle on this. They did not. A rash of new cases popped up in neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia. So we're going to talk about this with NPR's Jason Beaubien, who's been following the story. Hi, Jason.<p>JASON BEAUBIEN, BYLINE: Good morning.<p>INSKEEP: What's going on?<p>BEAUBIEN: Basically it looked like this outbreak was going to be like other outbreaks. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 36674 at http://wncw.org Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm http://wncw.org/post/thriving-towns-are-good-news-parasitic-worm People trying to grow food and support their families on the shores of Lake Malawi are not only causing serious environmental problems, they're also causing a surge in a debilitating disease.<p>Thriving towns along the lake are changing the ecosystem in ways that are allowing a parasitic worm to flourish, researchers <a href="http://www.cell.com/trends/parasitology/abstract/S1471-4922(14)00038-5">reported</a> last week in the journal <em>Trends in Parasitology</em>.<p>The intestinal disease, called <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/schistosomiasis/">schistosomiasis</a>, won't kill you, but Wed, 28 May 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 35536 at http://wncw.org Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm CIA Announces Plans To End Fake Vaccination Programs http://wncw.org/post/cia-announces-plans-end-fake-vaccination-programs The White House announced that the CIA will stop using fake vaccination programs to further its spy operations. The decision comes after leaders from U.S. public health schools brought the practice to light. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 20 May 2014 20:57:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 35226 at http://wncw.org How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus http://wncw.org/post/how-us-hospitals-are-planning-stop-deadly-mers-virus In the past month, Middle East respiratory syndrome has morphed from a little-known disease in the Arabian Peninsula to a major global health concern, with more than 300 cases in Saudi Arabia in April, 54 of them fatal.<p>Two cases have been reported in the U.S. as well — one in Indiana and one in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/12/311879323/deadly-mers-virus-detected-in-florida">Florida</a>. Both men had worked in Saudi Arabia hospitals. Wed, 14 May 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 34986 at http://wncw.org How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus