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Jump Right onto Trampoline Fitness Craze

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Work­out enthu­si­asts have likely seen it offered in some form at their local gym — the tram­po­line work­out. But the demand for this type of fit­ness is so high, one fit­ness instruc­tor has opened an entire stu­dio ded­i­cated to the work­out craze.

Going to a class at JumpLife in New York City, it’s a bit like the Jane Fonda work­out on steroids goes club­bing on a tram­po­line. The low-impact, high-intensity, 45-minute work­out is done on indi­vid­ual tram­po­lines pri­mar­ily in the dark under disco lights and is set to club music.

Owner Montser­rat Markou said the classes are so pop­u­lar there are plans to open more stu­dios next year. Why?

The fun,” Markou said. “They [the par­tic­i­pants] said they’re actu­ally work­ing out, but hav­ing such a great time. I mean, peo­ple actu­ally leave with smiles on their face because they feel like not only did they work­out, sweat­ing com­ing out all sweaty, but they also feel like a kid again.”

The stu­dio also offers classes tai­lored for kids as young as 5 years old. But adults — even those who have suf­fered injuries — are the ones get­ting the most out of class.

It’s low impact so a lot of peo­ple who have exist­ing injuries like knee prob­lems, like back prob­lems come,” Markou said. “It’s a very com­fort­able way of work­ing out and get­ting their fit­ness back.”

There are three types of adults classes offered: Jump­Dance (the class men­tioned ear­lier with the low light­ing and club music); Jump­Fit­ness, which uses weights and focuses on strength and ton­ing; and Jump­Fu­sion, which is 60 min­utes and fuses yoga, Pilates and rebound­ing at a slower pace than the other JumpLife classes.

Markou said jumpers can burn up to 600 calo­ries in just one session.

Markou got the idea for the class after her own neck injury inspired her to become a licensed acupunc­tur­ist and mas­sage ther­a­pist. Her clients at her Long Island prac­tice began ask­ing her how to get back in shape with­out aggra­vat­ing their injuries.

Walk­ing by a store one day, she saw a tram­po­line in the win­dow and instantly knew the answer.

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Food Network Star Sunny Anderson Opens Up About Ulcerative Colitis

Brad Barket/Getty Images for NYCWFF(NEW YORK) — There’s a rea­son why Sunny Ander­son isn’t keen on eat­ing veg­eta­bles and it has noth­ing to do with per­sonal taste.

The Food Net­work star revealed that for the past 20 years, she’s suf­fered from ulcer­a­tive col­i­tis, a chronic dis­ease that affects the large intes­tine and doesn’t allow her body to absorb nutri­ents as it should. Unfor­tu­nately, greens, along with veg­etable and fruit skins, can trig­ger flare-ups.

I can’t just have a big salad because my body doesn’t break it down,” she explained to ABC News. “If you get my cook­book, there are only four veg­etable recipes. Every­thing else is meat and potatoes!”

Ander­son, 39, has since teamed up with the the Crohn’s & Col­i­tis Foun­da­tion of Amer­ica to raise aware­ness of the dis­ease and develop recipes (avail­able on to help oth­ers who have it. For the chef, her diag­no­sis came at age 19, after suf­fer­ing from cramps “worse than that time of the month” and bloody stools for a month.

I was think­ing it was stress or the food [I’d been eat­ing in Korea]…but luck­ily my dad is a doc­tor and I felt com­fort­able talk­ing to him,” she said.

Some­times peo­ple think it’s some­thing they ate or stress,” she added, “I can’t tell you how many times I cried. Thank good­ness [for my father] who was a doc­tor and we were raised in an open fam­ily, but going through a bat­tery of tests was really, really tough.”

Now, she’s encour­ag­ing oth­ers who have noticed symp­toms to see their doc­tors, though she admit­ted dis­cussing stools and other symp­toms can be “embarrassing.”

Still, a col­i­tis diag­no­sis doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean those who have the dis­ease need to change their diets com­pletely — they just need to be more mind­ful of what they’re eating.

A wedge salad is one of my favorites. Argula is one of my favorites. Some­times, you know what you’re doing to your­self and you pay for it,” she said. “But it’s impor­tant to know what it is, and what the symp­toms are.”

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Odds of Catching Ebola on the Subway and Other Handy Facts

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Ebola con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate the news with the lat­est diag­no­sis of a patient in New York City, leav­ing many Amer­i­cans on edge, espe­cially New York­ers, who awoke this morn­ing to learn that the patient had take three sub­way lines before he was diagnosed.

So, what are the odds of catch­ing Ebola on the sub­way? Here are a few Ebola facts to calm your nerves:

There are fun­da­men­tal things we do know about Ebola and it’s those things that can make most peo­ple in Amer­ica rest very well at night that they don’t have a risk of con­tract­ing this dis­ease,” said ABC News chief health and med­ical edi­tor Dr. Richard Besser dur­ing a recent ABC News Ebola town hall event.

What If I Stand Next to Some­one with Ebola on a Subway?

You prob­a­bly won’t catch it in that sit­u­a­tion, Dr. Jay Varma, New York City’s deputy com­mis­sioner for dis­ease con­trol, said dur­ing the town hall event.

Casual con­tact like you would have some­body pass you on the bus or on the sub­way, I’m not wor­ried about it for myself and I’m not wor­ried about it for my wife and kids,” Varma said.

When Does Ebola Become Contagious?

Ebola is con­ta­gious when some­one is symp­to­matic, Besser said. A fever is the first symp­tom of Ebola, which means the virus is begin­ning to mul­ti­ply in the patient’s blood when a fever sets in.

As an Ebola patient gets sicker and sicker, the amount of virus in his or her blood mul­ti­plies, mak­ing them even more con­ta­gious.

How Is Ebola Spread?

Ebola is spread through close con­tact with an infected per­son, and it’s not air­borne, Besser said.

We also know from the stud­ies in Africa that it’s a hard dis­ease to get,” Besser said. “If this dis­ease was spread through the air or was spread eas­ily — that you could get it from some­one you’re stand­ing next to in the mar­ket or sit­ting next to on a plane — this out­break would be far larger than it is today.”

Peo­ple who con­tract Ebola usu­ally do so because they’ve cared for some­one who was infected in a hos­pi­tal set­ting or at home, Besser noted, or they’ve touched the body of a per­son who died of Ebola.

Can It Become Airborne?

The major­ity of sci­en­tists say that while it’s pos­si­ble, it’s highly unlikely,” Besser said, explain­ing that the virus would have to mutate sig­nif­i­cantly.

What If Some­one with Ebola Sneezes on Me?

Sneez­ing is not a symp­tom of Ebola, Besser said. Nei­ther is cough­ing until the very late stages of the dis­ease, when the per­son is clearly sick and near death. On top of that, the dis­ease is not air­borne.

How Long Can the Virus Sur­vive on Sur­faces Like Table­tops and Door­knobs?

“This is one of these areas where we don’t really know enough,” Varma said. “We do know that these viruses can sur­vive on sur­faces for a few hours.”

He said how long it can sur­vive depends on the sur­face and the envi­ron­ment.

Should You Take Pre­cau­tions Before Tak­ing Pub­lic Transportation?

We think this is not a dis­ease that you can get from sim­ply being next to some­body,” Varma said. “Absolutely if some­body vom­its on you or you get their body flu­ids on you, of course you can be at risk, but we think that air­plane travel, trav­el­ing on sub­ways — all of that — is the type of con­tact where this is not a dis­ease that’s transmitted.”

He said he’s more wor­ried about get­ting the flu on pub­lic trans­porta­tion than Ebola.

Can I Get Ebola From Someone’s Sweat?

There’s very lit­tle data on how much of the virus is in a sick person’s sweat, Besser said.

He added that car­ry­ing a per­son who is sick with Ebola can be a “risky sit­u­a­tion.” He said one man who had Ebola on a plane didn’t spread it to fel­low pas­sen­gers but inad­ver­tently gave it to the peo­ple who helped carry him once he got off the plane.

Touch­ing the skin — whether he had other body flu­ids or sweat on his skin at that point — was a risk,” Besser said.

Can Ebola Be Spread Through the Water Supply?

Ebola is not a water-borne dis­ease, accord­ing to researchers at the Water Research Foun­da­tion. There­fore, it can­not spread through the water supply.

Once in water, the host cell will take in water in an attempt to equal­ize the osmotic pres­sure, caus­ing the cell to swell and burst, thus killing the virus,” the foun­da­tion noted in a statement.

Bod­ily flu­ids flushed by an infected per­son would not con­t­a­m­i­nate the water sup­ply, the state­ment went on to say, because the virus is so frag­ile. Once sep­a­rated from its host it is neu­tral­ized within min­utes.

Can Ebola Be Used as a Ter­ror­ist Weapon?

Ebola could the­o­ret­i­cally be used by ter­ror­ists but it is unlikely, Varma said.

Stud­ies sug­gest that Ebola could in the­ory be deliv­ered in mist form by spray­ing it out of an aerosol can. How­ever, since the virus is not known to take an air­borne route, this would likely be ineffective.

It is also pos­si­ble that a ter­ror­ist will­ing to be infected with the virus could walk among the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. How­ever, since the virus has a long incu­ba­tion period and is not highly con­ta­gious until the later stages of the dis­ease, most experts say this would be imprac­ti­cal.

Can Ebola Be Spread by Mosquitoes?

Nei­ther mos­qui­toes nor rats can spread Ebola, Besser said. “Not all viruses are adapted to sur­vival and trans­mis­sion through every vec­tor,” he noted.

Only mam­mals such as humans, bats, mon­keys and apes have shown the abil­ity to spread and become infected with the Ebola virus, accord­ing to the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion. Other stud­ies have shown that dogs and pigs can be infected with the virus but they don’t show symp­toms and there are no known cases of these ani­mals pass­ing the virus along to humans.

Is There a Vac­cine Coming?

There are two vac­cines being tested in clin­i­cal tri­als now, Besser said.

There’s a lot of efforts under­way to try and move a vac­cine for­ward but vac­cine devel­op­ment takes a long time,” he said, adding that one of the com­pa­nies work­ing on one has said it won’t know whether it works until 2015.

Even if it does work, it will take more time to man­u­fac­ture.

What About Other Drugs?

Ebola patients in the United States are receiv­ing exper­i­men­tal drugs, but it’s not yet clear whether they’ve helped, hurt or made no dif­fer­ence in those patients’ out­comes, Besser said.

Why Don’t We Just Close Our Bor­ders to West Africa?

Keep­ing peo­ple from leav­ing the Ebola-affected coun­tries would be a “major mis­take,” Besser said, not­ing that he saw aid work­ers, jour­nal­ists and fam­ily mem­bers aboard his plane on his two trips to Liberia in the last few months, and that let­ting them in and out is important.

You want to make sure that peo­ple who leave that area are being mon­i­tored and doing it safely,” he said. “You want to encour­age peo­ple to go there who have exper­tise and can help these gov­ern­ments, these health work­ers, con­trol this dis­ease. That will save lives there and will also improve the health and pro­tec­tion of Amer­i­cans right here.”

Varma said the biggest con­cern in Amer­ica should be con­tain­ing the out­break in Africa. Until that hap­pens, he said “we will always be at risk.”

You can’t just wrap a wall around these coun­tries and not expect peo­ple to get out,” he said.

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Americans Losing Faith in Medical Profession

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — What’s up, Doc? Cer­tainly not Amer­i­cans’ trust in physi­cians, accord­ing to an analy­sis by the Har­vard School of Pub­lic Health in Boston.

Co-author Robert Blendon says that faith in doc­tors has eroded sig­nif­i­cantly over the past half-century. In 1966, three out of four peo­ple had “great con­fi­dence in the lead­ers of the med­ical profession.”

As of 2012, just 34 per­cent express­ing a great deal of con­fi­dence in physicians.

In a sep­a­rate poll that cov­ered 29 nations, respon­dents were asked if they agreed with the state­ment: “Doc­tors in your coun­try can be trusted.” The U.S. ranked 24th with 58 per­cent agreeing.

So what hap­pened over time to make Amer­i­cans less trust­ing of those they trust with their care? For one thing, many believe doc­tors are self-serving, com­pared to other coun­tries where med­ical pro­fes­sion­als advo­cate for pub­lic health.

There’s also the prob­lem of too many major physi­cian spe­cialty groups, which fail to call for ways to ben­e­fit patients, such as reduc­ing health care costs.

How­ever, the news for doc­tors is not all gloom and doom. Blendon says that the U.S. is third behind just Switzer­land and Den­mark when it comes to peo­ple being sat­is­fied with their own per­sonal physi­cians. That means that trust is far higher on an indi­vid­ual scale rather than a col­lec­tive basis.

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The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is…Everything?

iStock/Thinkstock(ORANGE, Calif.) — Land of the free…home of the brave? Not, if a new sur­vey from Chap­man Uni­ver­sity can be believed.

Researchers con­ducted a poll of 1,500 peo­ple on what Amer­i­cans are scared of and judg­ing by the results, our fears are many and cover a lot of ground.

For instance, when asked what they feared most, Amer­i­cans listed in this order:

  1. Walk­ing alone at night
  2. Becom­ing the vic­tim of iden­tity theft
  3. Safety on the Internet
  4. Being the vic­tim of a mass/random shooting
  5. Pub­lic speaking

Per­haps not as intense as gen­uine fear, next came things peo­ple are most wor­ried or con­cerned about:

  1. Hav­ing iden­tity stolen on the Internet
  2. Cor­po­rate sur­veil­lance of Inter­net activity
  3. Run­ning out of money in the future
  4. Gov­ern­ment sur­veil­lance of Inter­net activity
  5. Becom­ing ill/sick

Then, of course, there are things com­pletely out of our hands, such as nat­ural dis­as­ters. The most feared are:

  1. Tornado/hurricane
  2. Earth­quakes
  3. Floods
  4. Pan­demic or major epidemic
  5. Power out­age

Mean­while, everyone’s wor­ried about crime and a major­ity believe that things have grown worse over the last 20 years even though FBI and police sta­tis­tics show most crime cat­e­gories have declined over the past two decades.

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Kids Will Never Turn Their Noses Up at a Treat

Dig­i­tal Vision/Thinkstock(BRISBANE, Aus­tralia) — Moms know how it goes: no mat­ter if their tod­dler has a belly full of food, they’ll still be able to stuff their face with a treat if one’s at hand.

Nutri­tion researcher Holly Har­ris at Queens­land Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in Aus­tralia says this seems to be the case with all chil­dren, all the way down to age three.

Har­ris con­ducted a study with 37 kids ages three and four and every sin­gle one of them went for a high-energy treat even though they weren’t hun­gry. In fact, eight of ten admit­ted to being really full just 15 min­utes prior to get­ting the snack.

Mean­while, boys and girls had dif­fer­ent rea­sons for eat­ing a treat in the absence of hunger. Appar­ently, when boys are pres­sured by moms to fin­ish their meals, it seems to fuel their desire to have a snack when they don’t really crave one. Mean­while, the same kind of pres­sure did not com­pel girls to con­tinue eat­ing although they couldn’t resist hav­ing a treat either.

Accord­ing to Har­ris, peo­ple are born with the innate abil­ity to con­trol their feed­ing prac­tices. How­ever, “as we grow older, we become increas­ingly aware of the abun­dance and reward­ing value of food, and in turn, our abil­ity to respond appro­pri­ately to our appetite may dimin­ish,” she added.

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Ebola in America: Timeline of the Deadly Virus

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Ebola, a virus that is affect­ing peo­ple thou­sands of miles away in West Africa, is now in Amer­ica with two trans­mis­sions on U.S. soil con­firmed in Dal­las and offi­cials call­ing addi­tional trans­mis­sions to health work­ers a “very real possibility.”

The Ebola out­break in West Africa has sick­ened at least 9,936 peo­ple since March, killing at least 4,877 of them — mak­ing it the worst out­break of the virus in his­tory, accord­ing to the World Health Organization.

Find out how the virus first arrived in the United States — via U.S. mis­sion­ar­ies flown here for treat­ment this sum­mer — and then how Ebola was unwit­tingly imported via Thomas Eric Dun­can, who flew from Liberia to Texas with the virus and later died in Dallas.

Oct. 23, 2014: Dr. Craig Allen Spencer is diag­nosed with Ebola the same day he went into iso­la­tion at Belle­vue Hos­pi­tal in Man­hat­tan. Accord­ing to the hos­pi­tal, he had a fever and gas­troin­testi­nal symp­toms when he was trans­ferred to Belle­vue. Spencer recently returned from Guinea, where he was work­ing for Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders. NYC Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said at a news con­fer­ence that Spencer only had symp­toms for “a very brief period of time” and only had con­tact with “very few” peo­ple. He described the patient as “in good shape.”

Oct. 19, 2014: The unnamed Amer­i­can Ebola patient is dis­charged from Emory Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal, where the patient had been under­go­ing care since Sept. 9. This patient had been work­ing for the WHO in Sierra Leone and chose to remain anony­mous. “Given the national focus on Ebola, par­tic­u­larly with the diag­no­sis in two health care work­ers, I want to share the news that I am recov­er­ing from this dis­ease, and that I antic­i­pate being dis­charged very soon, free from the Ebola virus and able to return safely to my fam­ily and to my com­mu­nity,” the unnamed patient said in a state­ment released Oct. 15.

Oct. 17, 2014: Offi­cials announce that a Dal­las health worker who han­dled clin­i­cal spec­i­mens from Thomas Eric Dun­can, the first per­son diag­nosed with Ebola on Amer­i­can soil, is quar­an­tined aboard a Car­ni­val cruise ship amid con­cerns the worker may have been exposed to the Ebola virus.

Oct. 16, 2014: Dal­las nurse Nina Pham, 26, the first per­son to con­tract Ebola in the United States, is flown from Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal in Dal­las to the National Insti­tutes of Health hos­pi­tal in Bethesda, Mary­land. Pham treated Dun­can at Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal, where she works.

Oct. 15, 2014: Amber Vin­son, 29, another nurse who treated Dun­can at Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal, is diag­nosed with Ebola shortly after mid­night and flown to Emory Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal that evening.

Oct. 14, 2014: Vin­son is taken to Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal in Dal­las with a fever.

Oct. 13, 2014: Vin­son flies from Cleve­land to Dal­las on Fron­tier Air­lines Flight 1143, arriv­ing at 8:16 p.m. She has no symp­toms, but her tem­per­a­ture was 99.5 degrees that morn­ing, accord­ing to health offi­cials. She noti­fied the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion before board­ing, and no one told her not to fly.

Oct. 12, 2014: Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal in Dal­las says that Pham has tested pos­i­tive for Ebola.

Oct. 12, 2014: An uniden­ti­fied Dal­las health worker who han­dled Duncan’s clin­i­cal spec­i­mens at Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal boards a cruise ship. The CDC noti­fied the worker about active mon­i­tor­ing after the cruise ship left the coun­try, accord­ing to a gov­ern­ment statement.

Oct. 10, 2014: Vin­son takes a com­mer­cial flight from Dal­las to Cleve­land, Ohio, to pre­pare for her upcom­ing wedding.

Oct. 9, 2014: A Dal­las County sheriff’s deputy who reported symp­toms asso­ci­ated with Ebola after serv­ing a quar­an­tine order on the apart­ment where Dun­can had been stay­ing tests neg­a­tive for the virus.

Oct. 8, 2014: Dun­can dies at Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hospital.

Oct. 6, 2014: Ashoka Mukpo, 33, a free­lance Amer­i­can cam­era­man who con­tracted Ebola in West Africa, arrives at Nebraska Med­ical Cen­ter for Ebola treatment.

Oct. 6, 2014: Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, who con­tracted Ebola while treat­ing patients in a Liber­ian mater­nity ward a month ear­lier, is released from his sec­ond hos­pi­tal­iza­tion since return­ing to the United States. He had been hos­pi­tal­ized at UMass Memo­r­ial Med­ical Cen­ter on Worces­ter, Mass­a­chu­setts, with what doc­tors ini­tially thought was an Ebola relapse but was soon diag­nosed as a res­pi­ra­tory infection.

Oct. 5, 2014: Sacra is hos­pi­tal­ized in Mass­a­chu­setts with what doc­tors fear is an Ebola relapse. They iso­late him out of what they said was an abun­dance of caution.

Oct. 2, 2014: Mukpo is diag­nosed with Ebola in Liberia. He worked for Vice News, NBC News and other outlets.

Sept. 30, 2014: The CDC con­firms that a patient who would later be iden­ti­fied as Dun­can has been diag­nosed with Ebola on U.S. soil.

Sept. 28, 2014: Dun­can returns to the hos­pi­tal in an ambu­lance and is isolated.

Sept. 26, 2014: Dun­can goes to Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal in Dal­las with a fever and tells a nurse he has been to Liberia. But he is sent home with antibi­otics and Tylenol.

Sept. 25, 2014: Sacra is deemed virus-free and released from Nebraska Med­ical Cen­ter, where he had spent weeks in an iso­la­tion ward recov­er­ing from Ebola.

Sept. 20, 2014: Dun­can arrives in the United States from Liberia to visit family.

Sept. 9, 2014: An unnamed Amer­i­can Ebola patient arrives at Emory Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. This patient had been work­ing for the WHO in Sierra Leone.

Sept. 5, 2014: Sacra arrives at Nebraska Med­ical Cen­ter for treat­ment. He even­tu­ally gets a blood trans­fu­sion from Dr. Kent Brantly, the Amer­i­can mis­sion­ary who sur­vived his bout with Ebola.

Sept. 3, 2014: Sacra was diag­nosed with Ebola even though he was treat­ing patients in the mater­nity ward of the ELWA Hos­pi­tal in Mon­rovia, Liberia, not Ebola patients.

Aug. 21, 2014: Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, is dis­charged from Emory Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal, where he was under­go­ing treat­ment for Ebola after con­tract­ing it in Africa. In a news con­fer­ence, he hugs sev­eral mem­bers of the hos­pi­tal staff.

Aug. 19, 2014: Mis­sion­ary Nancy Write­bol, 59, is qui­etly dis­charged from Emory Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal, where she was under­go­ing treat­ment for Ebola. She also con­tracted the virus doing aid work in Liberia.

Aug. 5, 2014: Write­bol is flown from Liberia to Emory Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal in Atlanta, Geor­gia, for Ebola treat­ment in its iso­la­tion ward.

Aug. 2, 2014: Brantly is flown from Liberia to Emory for treat­ment. He sur­prises every­one by walk­ing out of the ambu­lance into the hos­pi­tal in his pro­tec­tive suit.

July 31, 2013: In Liberia, Brantly gets the first dose of an exper­i­men­tal drug called ZMapp, though it was unnamed at the time. Though doc­tors ini­tially thought there was only enough for one per­son, Write­bol was admin­is­tered the drug as well.

July 27, 2014: Mis­sion­ary groups report that two Amer­i­cans are sick­ened with Ebola while help­ing patients in Mon­rovia, Liberia. Brantly and Write­bol were work­ing for aid groups Samaritan’s Purse and SIM, respec­tively. Brantly later told reporters he held patients’ hands as they were dying.

March 19, 2014: What would become the largest Ebola out­break in his­tory begins in March 2014 with 23 deaths from what is then called a “mys­tery” hem­or­rhagic fever.

1976: Ebola is first dis­cov­ered in what is now the Demo­c­ra­tic Repub­lic of Congo near the Ebola River in 1976. Thirty-two Ebola out­breaks would fol­low, bring­ing the total num­ber of cases before this out­break to 2,361, includ­ing 1,438 deaths, accord­ing to the WHO.

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Uber Turns From Taxis to Nurses With Home Delivery of Flu Shots

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Ride-service app Uber isn’t con­tent stick­ing to the world of taxis and lim­ou­sines, so they’re now work­ing on chang­ing pub­lic health.

In time for flu sea­son Uber launched a pilot pro­gram Thurs­day called Uber­HEALTH. In con­nec­tion with the health­care ser­vice orig­i­nally devel­oped by Google, Vac­cine Finder, the pro­gram aims to make flu pre­ven­tion as easy for users as open­ing their front door.

On Thurs­day Uber­HEALTH tem­porar­ily launched in New York, Boston and Wash­ing­ton, D.C. The ser­vice allowed users to have a flu pre­ven­tion pack and even a flu shot deliv­ered to their front door.

The shot is not just dropped off, but is admin­is­tered by a reg­is­tered nurse. Dur­ing the pilot pro­gram, the cost for flu pro­tec­tion is free and for each shot ordered the com­pany has offered to donate $5 to the Red Cross vac­ci­na­tion efforts.

Pub­lic health experts say the one-day pilot pro­gram will likely not make a mea­sur­able dif­fer­ence in flu shot rates this sea­son, but that an expanded pro­gram could encour­age more peo­ple to get the impor­tant flu shot.

Infec­tious dis­ease spe­cial­ist Dr. William Schaffner called the pro­gram “Uber-wonderful” and said any­thing that encour­ages peo­ple to get their flu shot is a good thing.

We’re try­ing to reach the entire U.S. pop­u­la­tion,” said Schaffner. “There’s not going to be one solution.”

Schaffner said in recent years health offi­cials have offered flu shots at more loca­tions in an effort to have nearly every­one over the age of 6 months be vac­ci­nated against the sea­sonal flu. Flu shots are now avail­able at some air­ports, drive-thru vac­ci­na­tion pro­grams and pharmacies.

By reach­ing peo­ple at home the Uber­HEALTH pro­gram could have a last­ing impact, since get­ting the shot just one time will make peo­ple more likely to get the flu shot in fol­low­ing years, he added.

Accord­ing to the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, only 41.5 per­cent of adults over the age of 18 were vac­ci­nated against the sea­sonal flu dur­ing the 2012–2013 flu sea­son. The rate was slightly higher at 45 per­cent for chil­dren over the age of 6 months dur­ing the same time period.

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