ULL primate research center testing Ebola vaccine on wild apes
Posted on 8/27/2015 3:52:00 AM.

Researchers at the University of Louisiana Lafayette New Iberia Research Center are testing an Ebola vaccine for wild apes. The Research Center says Ebola is one of the leading killers of gorillas and chimpanzees. Division Head of Research Resources at the center Jane Fontenot says the vaccine is similar to a rabies immunization and this testing could benefit future vaccinations in humans and other wildlife.

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New Orleans-area man being monitored for Ebola
Posted on 10/24/2014 11:48:00 AM.
The Department of Health and Hospitals is monitoring a New Orleans-area man for signs of the Ebola virus. State Health Officer, Dr. Jimmy Guidry, says the Centers for Disease Control informed them about a man who had recently traveled to one of the Ebola-infected countries. 
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Ebola panic going overboard?
Posted on 10/17/2014 2:34:00 PM.
Are we freaking out a little too much over the threat of Ebola in the United States? State and National heath care officials are urging the public to take a chill pill when it comes to the threat of Ebola.
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LSU employee who recently visited Africa asked to stay home for three weeks
Posted on 10/16/2014 1:52:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
An LSU employee who was recently in Ebola stricken Liberia has been asked to stay off campus for 21 days. That's the time frame during which symptoms of the virus could show up according to Olivia Watkins with the state Department of Health and Hospitals. She says the man told DHH he did not have contact with anyone who had Ebola so he's night considered high risk.
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Louisiana 911 operators to screen callers for Ebola symptoms
Posted on 10/16/2014 11:08:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
A new protocol has been implemented to 911 operators in Louisiana which has them screen callers for Ebola symptoms. Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Kevin Davis says the caller will be asked a series of questions about illnesses, particularly fever and recent travel. He says that will help EMS responding.
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Is the Ebola crisis affecting chocolate prices?
Posted on 10/16/2014 9:06:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Could the Ebola outbreak in West Africa be having an affect on the price we pay for chocolate? A local chocolate maker doesn't think so. Michael Nelson is the Vice President of Operations at Elmer Candy Corporation in Ponchatoula. He says the concern among some market analysts is that the Ebola crisis could spread from Liberia to Ghana, where almost two-thirds of the world's cocoa beans are sourced.
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Are Louisiana hospitals ready to treat an Ebola patient
Posted on 10/15/2014 2:19:00 PM.
A second Dallas hospital worker has tested positive for Ebola. Both workers contracted the virus while providing care to Thomas Duncan, who died from the disease a week ago today. So are Louisiana hospitals prepared to handle an Ebola patient? Louisiana Hospital Association Vice President Ken Alexander believes so, thanks to daily guidance provided by the CDC.
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Will the burned belongings of a Ebola victim end up in Louisiana?
Posted on 10/13/2014 12:21:00 PM.
A state judge has granted Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's request to stop the disposal of the incinerated personal belongings of a Dallas Ebola victim from going into a Calcasieu Parish landfill. AG Buddy Caldwell says it's absurd to transport potentially hazardous Ebola waste across state lines.

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DHH provides Ebola flyer for parents
Posted on 10/5/2014 4:20:00 AM.
This week, the state Department of Health and Hospitals is providing a flyer to Louisiana schools to inform parents about the Ebola virus.  The flyer will make sure parents have accurate information about the virus.  

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Should Louisianians be concerned about Ebola?
Posted on 8/7/2014 3:46:00 AM.
The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in west Africa now stands at 932, according to the World Health Organizations.  Should people in Louisiana be concerned? 
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