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6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

At The Crossroads, Part 1: A Tale Of Two Epidemics

Note: This estimate includes people not typically counted by national health surveys. The CDC estimates about 3 million Americans are infected but doesn't include people who are incarcerated, on active military duty, or in nursing homes.
Credit Jake Harper / RIPR

One infectious disease – Ebola – is dominating the headlines now. But there’s another that affects far more people around the world, including here in the U.S.

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11:45 am
Fri October 17, 2014

RI Nurses On Ebola: We're Not Ready Yet; Hospitals Respond

Rhode Island State Nurses Association head Donna Policastro said a national nursing organization is encouraging nurses to refuse to care for patients showing signs of Ebola – if they don’t feel their hospitals are adequately prepared. Policastro said this puts nurses in a difficult position.

“Through our code of ethics we take care of everyone," said Policastro. "But nurses need to feel protected. And those two nurses in Dallas serve as symbols of the fact that Dallas Presbyterian wasn’t ready. And they said they were ready.”

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9:36 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Rhode Island Nurses Prep For Ebola

The transmission of Ebola to two Texas nurses has raised concern among health care workers nationwide. And there are concerns as well in Rhode Island.

Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, Donna Policastro, says Rhode Island nurses are worried but well prepared for a potential Ebola outbreak. Policastro says the situation in Dallas has given nurses and hospital officials more reason to plan than panic.

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9:19 am
Thu October 16, 2014

RI's Liberian Community And State Health Officials Discuss Monitoring For Ebola

Rhode Island’s Liberian community and the state Department of Health are meeting weekly on the Ebola crisis.  One top concern is monitoring family and friends who travel from Liberia.

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Health Care
1:11 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

NBC News & Friends Working To Help RI Ebola Patient With Soaring Medical Costs

Ebola patient Ashoka Mukpoo is being treated at The Nebraska Medical Center. He has been there since October 5th.
Credit Ashoka Mukpo Facebook

The father of the Rhode Islander being treated for Ebola said his son is uninsured and welcomes the help. It’s been a week Monday since Ashoka Mukpo arrived at a biocontainment  unit in Omaha for treatment.

Friends of the 33-year-old freelance cameraman started the GoFundMe page to help pay for medical bills they say could exceed $500,000. So far the online campaign to help Mukpo has raised more than $45,000.

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2:50 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Ebola Patient Mukpo's Condition Improves Slightly

Ashoka Mukpo
Credit Facebook

Rhode Islander Ashoka Mukpo’s condition has improved slightly. He’s being treated for Ebola in Nebraska. Family and doctors are optimistic but cautious.

The Nebraska Medical Center says in a statement that Mukpo’s condition is a little better since his arrival at the center’s biocontainment unit earlier this week.

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Health Care
9:02 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Liberian Population Told To Monitor Friends' And Relatives' Health

Reverend Matthew Kai leads the Baptist Tabernacle Church, and says he will not turn away parishioners.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Leaders in Rhode Island’s Liberian community are figuring how to deal with the Ebola outbreak that has just begun to reach U.S. shores. Many Liberians travel between the U.S. and the West African country.  The state Department of Health is now asking members of the Liberian population to monitor friends and relatives for signs of symptoms.  They're asking people to check their temperature at least twice a day.

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6:28 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Rhode Islander Mukpo Receives Transfusion From Ebola Survivor

The Nebraska Medical Center where Rhode Islander Ashoka Mukpo is receiving treatment for the Ebola virus
Credit The Nebraska Medical Center

The Rhode Islander diagnosed with Ebola has received a blood transfusion from a doctor who previously had the virus.

Dr. Kent Brantly was the first American flown back to the U.S. to be treated for Ebola. Now he’s helping the fifth American diagnosed with the virus, Rhode Islander Ashoka Mukpo.

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Health Care
9:07 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Rhode Island Prisons Prepping For Possible Ebola Cases

It’s not just hospitals in Rhode Island that are preparing for the possible arrival of Ebola cases. The state’s prison system is also getting ready.

The department of corrections is responsible for the health care of more than three thousand inmates on any given day.  The institution takes in whomever the justice system sends – regardless of their health. That’s why corrections medical director doctor Fred Vohr says they must be ready for anything.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

One Square Mile: Open Water Swimming Grows, For Exercise And Community

Open water swimmer Susan Hannel loves the group that gathers week nights at Narragansett Town Beach.
Kristin Gourlay RIPR

This week we’re bringing you stories from our series One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay. We’re taking a deep dive into the bay that helps define the Ocean State. Its history. Its present. Its future. Now, a look at how the bay keeps us healthy, through the eyes of a few of the growing numbers of open water swimmers.

Gathering for an evening swim

We’re sitting on a ledge at Narragansett town beach. The sky is overcast, it’s early evening. Dozens of people are suiting up for a swim.

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