The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."

The 10-Year-Old Boy Has Died, Probably Of Ebola

NPR | Aug. 22, 2014 8:04 p.m.

The photo showed a little boy. He was found naked on a beach in Liberia and was very sick, most likely with Ebola. The world was deeply touched. And hoped for a miracle. But his story has a sad end.

A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis

NPR | Aug. 22, 2014 8:03 p.m.

Food shortages are emerging in the wake of West Africa's Ebola epidemic. Market shelves are bare and fields are neglected because traders can't move and social gatherings are discouraged.

Blood From Ebola Survivors May Help Treat Patients

NPR | Aug. 22, 2014 3:20 p.m.

Officials are deciding how to safely collect blood from Ebola survivors and give it to the sick. David Greene talks to David Wood, of an Ebola intervention task force for the Word Health Organization.

California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections

NPR | Aug. 22, 2014 2:45 p.m.

Nobody knew how people in Southern California were getting infected with the life-threatening fungus C. gattii. A 13-year-old helped figure out the source: three types of trees.

If You're Too Sick To Fly, Airlines Might Not Offer A Refund

NPR | Aug. 22, 2014 12:40 p.m.

Airlines have the right to refuse a passenger suspected of having Ebola. But if you're sick with a contagious disease, what are your rights when it comes to canceling and refunds?

Oregon Sues Oracle Over Cover Oregon Debacle

OPB | Aug. 22, 2014 11:52 a.m.

Oregon's attorney general filed suit Friday against the software giant Oracle and some of its top executives, for defrauding the state.

State Says It's Not Worried About Paying Back Health Care Money

OPB | Aug. 22, 2014 11:09 a.m.

The Oregon Health Authority says it's not worried it'll be required to pay back the money it used to revamp the health care system.

In Riots Sparked By An Ebola Quarantine, A Teen Is Shot And Dies

NPR | Aug. 22, 2014 9:56 a.m.

Protesters were on the move. Soldiers fired. A teenage boy sustained wounds to both legs. For half an hour, no one could find an ambulance and no one came to care for him.

Reporting On Ebola: An Abandoned 10-Year-Old, A Nervous Neighborhood

NPR | Aug. 22, 2014 8:49 a.m.

The boy was found naked on the beach in West Point, a slum in Liberia's capital city of Monrovia. At first no one would take him in. People — and even a nearby clinic — were afraid he had Ebola.

Contagious Kisses? We Answer Your Questions About Ebola Recovery

NPR | Aug. 22, 2014 7:19 a.m.

Two Americans were released Thursday from an Atlanta hospital after treatment for Ebola. The news has generated a flurry of questions about what happens after you survive Ebola. So we asked the CDC.

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