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In 1976, near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, the disease known as Ebola was first described. For years afterward, scientists fought a largely fruitless uphill battle toward development of an effective and sustainable vaccine for this disease. After sporadically plaguing parts of Africa for decades, a 2014 widespread… Read More »
September is National Preparedness month. Disasters can be devastating and our region has certainly experienced this firsthand. What can you do to prepare? FEMA has offered the following tips: Make and practice your family’s preparedness plan so your family knows how to reconnect and reunite when an emergency strikes. Learn life safety skills. Neighbors and coworkers are… Read More »
Living through a traumatic event such as a hurricane can result in damage to structures, belongings, and even your mental health. Studies after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy examined the mental impact of experiencing a natural disaster traumatic event. In addition to short term distress, some survivors even experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is… Read More »
The National Institute of Health has started human trials on a possible Ebola treatment. Researchers have been working hard to find a cure for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since the fatality rate for those who contract the disease averages nearly 50% Ebola first appeared in 1976 in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. … Read More »