WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ 2 Your Health 2 Your Health en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:10:38 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Feds issue counterfeit costume contact lens warning http://www.wbrz.com/news/feds-issue-counterfeit-costume-contact-lens-warning/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/feds-issue-counterfeit-costume-contact-lens-warning/ 2 Your Health Thu, 23 Oct 2014 9:44:04 AM Brock Sues Feds issue counterfeit costume contact lens warning

WASHINGTON - As the weather cools and people begin to finalize their Halloween costume choices, federal officials released an official warning to the public about the dangers of novelty contact lenses, not approved by the FDA, and sold by many retailers throughout the nation.

Federal agents are engaged in an ongoing effort, dubbed "Operation Double Vision", to crack down on the illegal importation of the counterfeit decorative contact lenses, and said they want the public to know about the medical risks associated with the contraband lenses.

As a result of Operation Double Vision, federal agents reported 74 seizures with a total of more than 20,000 pairs of the potentially harmful contact lenses taken off the streets.

Beyonnd the health risks, the sale of contact lenses without a prescription is illegal in the United States. Officials warn consumers to never buy contact lenses from retailers such as costume shops, gas stations, beauty supply stores or online if the seller does not require a prescription.

Medical experts tell consumers who are interested in modifying their eye color with decorative lenses to get an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor, get a valid prescsription and only purchase lenses that include the brand names, lens measurement and an expiration date. They also warned consumers about the risks of circle lenses, or anime lenses, that give the wearer a wide-eyed, doll-like look. The lenses have not been approved by the FDA and can not be prescribed by optometrists as they carry risks to eye health.

"You'd never buy a heart valve at a gas station and you should never buy a medical device like contact lenses at one either," said Dr. Jeffrey Hackleman, president of the Georgia Optometric Association. "You only get one pair of eyes and risking a lifetime of vision for a quick thrill is quite frankly not being vision smart. Contact lenses are like sponges that can absorb bacteria and cause an infection if not handled properly. A lifetime of good vision is so much more important than a cheap Halloween accessory."


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Many doubt hospitals can handle Ebola http://www.wbrz.com/news/many-doubt-hospitals-can-handle-ebola/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/many-doubt-hospitals-can-handle-ebola/ 2 Your Health Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:18:51 AM Lauran Neergard Many doubt hospitals can handle Ebola

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll finds most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they're not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient.

The Associated Press poll also finds that most Americans say the U.S. should be doing more to stop Ebola in West Africa. Health authorities have been clear that until that epidemic ends, travelers could unknowingly carry the virus anywhere.

Nearly a quarter of Americans are very confident the U.S. health care system can prevent Ebola from spreading widely, and 40 percent are moderately confident.

But nearly half don't think their local hospital can safely treat an Ebola case, and 31 percent are only moderately confident that it can.

The poll was conducted Oct. 16-20.

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CDC: Monitoring for all coming from Ebola nations http://www.wbrz.com/news/cdc-monitoring-for-all-coming-from-ebola-nations/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cdc-monitoring-for-all-coming-from-ebola-nations/ 2 Your Health Wed, 22 Oct 2014 8:59:25 AM Connie Cass CDC: Monitoring for all coming from Ebola nations

WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are significantly expanding the breadth of vigilance for Ebola, saying that all travelers who come into the U.S. from Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for symptoms of illness for 21 days.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the program will begin Monday and cover visitors as well as aid workers, journalists and other Americans returning from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea.

The program will start in six states: New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia.

CDC Director Tom Frieden says state and local health officials will check daily for fever or other Ebola symptoms.

Passengers will get kits to help them track their temperature and will be told to inform health officials daily of their status.

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Doctors: Rehydration key in ridding Nigeria of Ebola http://www.wbrz.com/news/doctors-rehydration-key-in-ridding-nigeria-of-ebola/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/doctors-rehydration-key-in-ridding-nigeria-of-ebola/ 2 Your Health Mon, 20 Oct 2014 2:30:27 PM Doctors: Rehydration key in ridding Nigeria of Ebola

ABUJA, Nigeria - Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria are crediting heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives.

The World Health Organization today declared Nigeria to be free of Ebola -- a rare victory against the disease that is ravaging West Africa.

The disease had come to Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, through an airline passenger who had carried Ebola from Liberia. But health workers quickly tracked the progress of everyone who had come in contact with the disease. In the end, Africa's most populous country had just 20 Ebola cases, including eight deaths.

Officials say the success is due to strong tracking and isolation of people exposed to the virus -- along with aggressive rehydration of infected patients to counter the effects of vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms.

One doctor who survived with Ebola says the treatment wasn't easy to take. It involved drinking at least 1.3 gallons of a solution of water laced with salt and sugar every day for five or six days -- even when she had mouth sores and a sore throat.

One expert says rehydration is a low-tech approach that has been neglected by a medical system focused on groundbreaking research.

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Dallas officials: 120 still on Ebola monitoring http://www.wbrz.com/news/dallas-officials-120-still-on-ebola-monitoring/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dallas-officials-120-still-on-ebola-monitoring/ 2 Your Health Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:32:26 AM Dallas officials: 120 still on Ebola monitoring

DALLAS - Texas health officials say 120 people are still being monitored for possible infection with Ebola because they may have had contact with one of the three people who got the disease in Dallas.

Officials said Monday that 43 of 48 people on an original watch list had passed the 21-day incubation period for the viral disease and are now in the clear.

But others who cared for a Liberian man who died Oct. 8 at a Dallas hospital remain at risk, along with two nurses he infected there. Nov. 7 is when the wait period will end for all of those being monitored.

Health officials also say they were unaware that federal officials had allowed one of the nurses to fly the day before she was diagnosed with the deadly virus.

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Health department seeks end to billing rape victims http://www.wbrz.com/news/health-department-seeks-end-to-billing-rape-victims/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/health-department-seeks-end-to-billing-rape-victims/ 2 Your Health Mon, 20 Oct 2014 8:22:57 AM Health department seeks end to billing rape victims

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department says it will seek law changes to stop billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.

The announcement Monday from the Department of Health and Hospitals was a response to criticism from victims' advocacy groups and lawmakers, when they learned that women who have been raped were being billed for treatment.

The law changes will be proposed in the legislative session that begins in April.

The health department's plan will ban billing of treatment charges to the victim and let hospitals directly seek reimbursement from the Crime Victim's Reparation Board.

Currently, the board can't accept bills from directly from the medical provider for treatment of rape and sexual assault victims, and victims who don't file a police report have been deemed ineligible for reimbursement.

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Local pediatrician discusses the world of viruses http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-pediatrician-discusses-the-world-of-viruses/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-pediatrician-discusses-the-world-of-viruses/ 2 Your Health Thu, 16 Oct 2014 3:32:21 PM Brock Sues Local pediatrician discusses the world of viruses

BATON ROUGE - Pediatrician Dr. Mindy Calandro visited the studio this afternoon to talk about the topic that is unavoidable this week: viruses.

With the national news filled with near wall-to-wall coverage of the Ebola virus developments in Texas and West Africa, viruses are on the minds of everyone, and Dr. Calandro says understanding viruses is important when living in a world where communicable illnesses of the type exist.

According to her definition, viruses are infective agents that are smaller than bacteria. So tiny, in fact, that they can't be seen under a regular light microscope. They require a live host to survive and replicate.

Viruses can be tricky in that they readily mutate, or change their structure, to sneak past the body's defense systems. This is why you can catch the cold or flu multiple times in the same season as they are able to "disguise" themselves.

Dr. Calandro says the two big viruses on everyone's radar at the moment are the Ebola virus and Enterovirus D68, but there are numerous other viruses that affect people throughout the year like warts, the common cold or the flu. These are all viruses despite the different ways they are transmitted and infect hosts.

With the advent of modern medicine, however, we have developed a way to fight back against viruses through vaccination. The flu shot vaccine gets more attention in this country than ever before, and Calandro highly recommends viewers to educate themselves about the vaccine and get it as soon as they can. Check out the related articles to see more video of Dr. Calandro talking about the flu.

Medicine has also brought about the development of anti-viral medications that can shorten the lifespan and eliminate viruses. An example of this would be recent developments in the capability of doctors to prolong the lives of AIDS patients.

Unfortunately, science has yet to get the number of every virus, and the recent media attention is partly because we are still working on ways to vaccinate or treat every virus. With Ebola and Enterovirus D68, we have medications that will help with the progression, but the viruses still must run their course.

While Dr. Calandro says people should be aware of the Ebola threat, it's important to talk to understand and be vaccinated for more likely viral threats like the flu. As always, she recommends the basic hygiene steps of frequent handwashing, but information is your best defense against a viral threat.

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DHH paying for new breast cancer services http://www.wbrz.com/news/dhh-paying-for-new-breast-cancer-services/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dhh-paying-for-new-breast-cancer-services/ 2 Your Health Thu, 16 Oct 2014 3:26:21 PM Ariana Triggs DHH paying for new breast cancer services

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced that they will pay for two new services for Medicaid recipients battling cancer to help improve outcomes.

DHH said Medicaid will now cover a genetic screening called Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Assay that can tell if women with certain types of early-stage, invasive breast cancer would benefit from chemotherapy. Over a third of women experiencing this type of cancer can now receive better care as a result of the screening's availability, they said.

Custom-fit compression garments and supplies such as compression pumps, are also covered by the medicaid program now in order to ease the symptoms of lymphedema, a condition that can cause severe swelling and is commonly experienced by those who have undergone certain cancer treatments, according to DHH.

DHH started refunding medicaid recipients who received the Oncotype DX screening and for custom-fit compression garments and supplies for lymphedema at the beginning of July this year, according to a press release.

DHH said the new treatment options are a part of Medicaid's effort to give patients treatments specific to their individual condition and gives doctors evidence-based options when considering which treatment plans are best for patients.


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SU Ag Center posts Ebola information page http://www.wbrz.com/news/su-ag-center-posts-ebola-information-page/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/su-ag-center-posts-ebola-information-page/ 2 Your Health Thu, 16 Oct 2014 2:33:51 PM Ariana Triggs SU Ag Center posts Ebola information page

BATON ROUGE- The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center posted information online Thursday to keep the community informed about Ebola.

The center's web page includes updated information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention about the transmission, signs and symptoms and way to prevent the virus.

Leodrey Williams, SU Agricultural Center Chancellor, said in a press release that it is paramount that the Southern University Ag Center provides the citizens of Louisiana with the information they need to make informed decisions about the virus and take note of the prevention methods that are available.

The SU Ag Center Ebola information page can be found here.

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Louisiana officials preparing for Ebola cases http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-officials-preparing-for-ebola-cases/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-officials-preparing-for-ebola-cases/ 2 Your Health Thu, 16 Oct 2014 1:37:59 PM APNewsNow Louisiana officials preparing for Ebola cases

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana leaders say they have devised a statewide response plan to protect residents if the state has a case of Ebola. They say they are working with hospitals to identify treatment locations.

Kevin Davis, director of Louisiana's emergency preparedness office, told the House homeland security committee Thursday that a Louisiana-specific Ebola response plan was distributed to local government and state agencies. It includes a quick reference guide for first responders.

State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry says officials are staying in touch with universities, airports and the Coast Guard to track when people may be coming from countries with Ebola outbreaks.

Eight people in the United States have been treated for Ebola, including two nurses who treated a Texas patient who died of the virus. No Louisiana cases have been reported.

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WHO: 10,000 new Ebola cases per week could be seen http://www.wbrz.com/news/who-10-000-new-ebola-cases-per-week-could-be-seen/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/who-10-000-new-ebola-cases-per-week-could-be-seen/ 2 Your Health Tue, 14 Oct 2014 8:21:01 AM WHO: 10,000 new Ebola cases per week could be seen

GENEVA - A World Health Organization official says there could be up to 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week within two months.

WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward says if the response to the Ebola crisis isn't stepped up within 60 days, "a lot more people will die" and there will be a huge need on the ground to deal with the spiraling numbers of cases. He said WHO estimated there could up to 10,000 cases per week in two months.

Aylward said for the last four weeks, there have been about 1,000 new cases per week, though that figure includes suspected, confirmed and probable cases. He said WHO is aiming to have 70 percent of cases isolated within two months to reverse the outbreak.

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Get Jazzy in Pink, support breast cancer awareness http://www.wbrz.com/news/get-jazzy-in-pink-support-breast-cancer-awareness/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/get-jazzy-in-pink-support-breast-cancer-awareness/ 2 Your Health Fri, 10 Oct 2014 1:30:59 PM Hunter Robinson Get Jazzy in Pink, support breast cancer awareness

ST. FRANCISVILLE - Sisters Supporting Sisters is raising awareness and funds for breast cancer this October with the 3rd annual Jazzy in Pink.

Sisters Supporting Sisters is a non-profit striving to educate women in our area about good breast health. Wanda Washington says they have one mission.

"Our goal is simple," she explains. "We want to convert apathy into action, and one way to do that is to meet us at Hemingbough this weekend for Jazzy in Pink so we can work towards erradicating breast cancer in Louisiana.

Jazzy in Pink begins at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at Hemingbough in St. Francisville. You can purchase tickets for $50 in advance or at the door. For more information call 225-921-9072.

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US adds extra level of airport screening for Ebola http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-adds-extra-level-of-airport-screening-for-ebola/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-adds-extra-level-of-airport-screening-for-ebola/ 2 Your Health Thu, 9 Oct 2014 7:05:00 AM Lauran Neergard US adds extra level of airport screening for Ebola

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Five major U.S. airports will soon begin an extra level of screening to try to catch any travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be carrying the disease.

About 150 travelers a day will have their temperatures checked using no-touch thermometers, and Health officials expect false alarms from fevers due to malaria.

The extra screening probably wouldn't have found Thomas Eric Duncan when he arrived from Liberia last month without symptoms. Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died Wednesday in Dallas.

The new airport screening will begin Saturday at New York's JFK International Airport and then expand to Washington Dulles and the international airports in Atlanta, Chicago and Newark, New Jersey.

The disease has killed at least 3,800 people in West Africa.

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Sick journalist to get blood from Ebola survivor http://www.wbrz.com/news/sick-journalist-to-get-blood-from-ebola-survivor/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sick-journalist-to-get-blood-from-ebola-survivor/ 2 Your Health Wed, 8 Oct 2014 6:59:08 AM Hunter Robinson Sick journalist to get blood from Ebola survivor

OMAHA, NE - The first American flown back to the U.S. for treatment of Ebola this summer has donated blood to the most recent one to return from West Africa with the disease.

The Nebraska Medical Center said Wednesday that it called Dr. Kent Brantly on Tuesday to tell him his blood type matches that of Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance video journalist who arrived at the medical center Monday.

The hospital says Brantly was driving through Kansas City, Mo., and was able to give blood locally that was flown to Omaha. It says Mukpo will receive the transfusion Wednesday.

Such transfusions are believed to help Ebola patients because a survivor's blood contains antibodies to fight the disease.

Brantly also donated blood to the first Ebola patient treated at the Nebraska hospital.

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DNA linked to how much coffee you drink http://www.wbrz.com/news/dna-linked-to-how-much-coffee-you-drink/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dna-linked-to-how-much-coffee-you-drink/ 2 Your Health Tue, 7 Oct 2014 1:24:07 AM Malcolm Ritter DNA linked to how much coffee you drink

NEW YORK - How much coffee do you drink every day? One cup in the morning? Or do you gulp it all day?

Scientists have long known that your DNA influences how much java you consume. Now a huge study has identified some genes that may play a role.

The researchers analyzed results from previous studies that included more than 120,000 participants. They looked for tiny variations in the participants' DNA that correlated with how much coffee they usually drank.

The results implicated six genes that had not previously been linked to coffee consumption. Four were related to how the body handles or reacts to caffeine.

None of them affects how intensely a person tastes coffee.

The work was released Tuesday by the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

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US health providers expand their Ebola precautions http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-health-providers-expand-their-ebola-precautions/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-health-providers-expand-their-ebola-precautions/ 2 Your Health Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:59:02 AM David B. Caruso US health providers expand their Ebola precautions

NEW YORK - Public hospitals in New York City are concerned enough about Ebola that they've secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how good the triage staff is at identifying and isolating possible cases.

A small hospital in the Ohio countryside has hung up signs, imploring patients to let nurses know if they have traveled recently to West Africa.

And one of the nation's largest ambulance companies has written step-by-step instructions on how to wrap the interior of a rig with plastic sheeting while transporting a patient.

Ebola has yet to infect a single person on U.S. soil - the one confirmed case here involves a man who contracted the virus overseas. But health care providers are worried enough that they are taking a variety of precautions.

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Drugmaker provides experimental drug for Ebola use http://www.wbrz.com/news/drugmaker-provides-experimental-drug-for-ebola-use/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/drugmaker-provides-experimental-drug-for-ebola-use/ 2 Your Health Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:19:50 AM APNewsNow Drugmaker provides experimental drug for Ebola use

WASHINGTON - A North Carolina drug maker is providing an experimental antiviral drug to a patient being treated for Ebola in Dallas.

That word comes from officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

The drug company, Chimerix Inc., said earlier that doctors it did not identify had received permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use the drug, brincidofovir.

The oral antiviral drug is currently in late-stage testing for use against several common viruses, including one that infects patients undergoing bone marrow transplants. Laboratory tests suggested it might also fight Ebola.

The FDA grants emergency access to unapproved drugs on a case-by-case basis, usually when a patient faces a life-threatening condition for which there are no alternatives. The agency has not approved any drugs or vaccines to safely and effectively treat Ebola.

Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas last Tuesday after recently arriving from Liberia. His condition was downgraded to critical over the weekend. The hospital described him today as stable.

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Funding heart disease research with fashion http://www.wbrz.com/news/funding-heart-disease-research-with-fashion/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/funding-heart-disease-research-with-fashion/ 2 Your Health Fri, 3 Oct 2014 3:15:49 PM Russell Jones Funding heart disease research with fashion

BATON ROUGE - The American Heart Association said they'll be raising funds with fashion in Baton Rouge.

The Kendra Scott store on Perkins Road is holding a benefit for the AHA on Oct. 15 as part of their "Family, Fashion, and Philanthropy" mission.

The store will unveil its 2014 Winter Jewelry Collection and give 20 percent of all sales on Oct. 15 to the AHA.

Members of the American Heart Association stopped by News 2 to talk more about the event.


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NBC cameraman tests positive for Ebola in Liberia http://www.wbrz.com/news/nbc-cameraman-tests-positive-for-ebola-in-liberia/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nbc-cameraman-tests-positive-for-ebola-in-liberia/ 2 Your Health Fri, 3 Oct 2014 3:58:59 AM David Bauder NBC cameraman tests positive for Ebola in Liberia

NEW YORK - An American cameraman helping to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia for NBC News has tested positive for the virus and will be flown back to the United States for treatment.

NBC News President Deborah Turness said Thursday the rest of the NBC News crew including medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman will be flown back to the U.S. and placed in quarantine for 21 days "in an abundance of caution."

The freelance cameraman has been working in Liberia for three years for Vice News and other media outlets, and has been covering the Ebola epidemic. He began shooting for NBC on Tuesday. The network is withholding his name at his family's request.

He began feeling tired and achy Wednesday and discovered he had a slight fever. He went to a treatment center Thursday to be tested, and is being kept there, said Snyderman, who was interviewed Thursday night on "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC.

Snyderman said she believes his exposure to the virus happened sometime before he started working with the NBC crew, since it is usually eight to 10 days before the first symptoms are seen.

"The good news is this young man, our colleague, was admitted to the clinic very, very early," she said.

"He's in good spirits. He's ready to get home - of course, appropriately concerned. But he will be airlifted out soon."

She said that neither she nor the other three NBC employees has shown any symptoms or warning signs of Ebola infection.

"We observe the custom now, which is to not shake hands, to not embrace people, to wash our hands with diluted bleach water before we enter the hotel," she said. "We dip our feet in bleach solution."

She said she and the rest of her crew present little chance of giving it to anyone, unless they get sick.

"We will be taking our temperatures twice a day, checking in with each other, and if any one of us suddenly spikes a fever or gets symptoms, we will report ourselves to the authorities," she said. "We are taking it seriously."

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United contacting those who flew with Ebola victim http://www.wbrz.com/news/united-contacting-those-who-flew-with-ebola-victim/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/united-contacting-those-who-flew-with-ebola-victim/ 2 Your Health Thu, 2 Oct 2014 4:36:43 PM David Koenig United contacting those who flew with Ebola victim

DALLAS - United Airlines says it is notifying passengers who were on flights with a man later diagnosed with Ebola and telling them how to contact federal health officials.

United said Thursday it was also telling passengers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the man could not have spread the disease during the flights because he was not showing symptoms and was not yet contagious.

Belgian officials say that on Sept. 19, Thomas Eric Duncan flew from Liberia in the heart of western Africa's Ebola outbreak zone to Belgium on a Brussels Airlines flight.

United says it believes Duncan flew the next day on United Flight 951 from Brussels to Dulles International Airport near Washington and connected to Flight 822 from Dulles to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

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