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April 9, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Patient Admitted with Ebola Virus Discharged from NIH Clinical Center

UPDATED April 9, 5:44 p.m. The American healthcare worker admitted to the NIH Clinical Center on March 13 with the Ebola virus was discharged today in good condition after having been successfully treated at the NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit. According to NIH officials, the individual is no longer contagious to the community. No […]

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February 27, 2015 | Sonya Burke

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Zalgen Labs Co-Founder Plans Return Work Trip to Africa (VIDEO)

In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Dr. Luis Branco said he plans to return to Eastern Sierra Leone sometime this year to continue work on the recently approved rapid diagnostic test for the Ebola virus. Despite progress, he said there are always more questions to answer. Related:

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February 27, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Dr. Luis Branco: “I Was Exposed to a Lot of Ebola in the Lab” (VIDEO)

In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Zalgen Labs’ co-founder Dr. Luis Branco talks about his work on the rapid diagnostic test for Ebola late last year in Africa and what happened when he returned to the United States. The World Health Organization approved a rapid diagnostic test for Ebola last week. Related:

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February 25, 2015 | Sonya Burke

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Dr. Branco on Rapid Ebola Test: “Incredibly Proud” (VIDEO)

In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Dr. Luis Branco of Zalgen Labs in Germantown shares his pride for the medical staff and scientists who worked as a team on the rapid Ebola diagnostic test. He credits a lot of dedication “on both sides of the ocean” to make it possible so quickly. Take a look: According […]

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February 23, 2015 | Aline Barros

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Meet Daniel Koroma: Community Liaison for African and Caribbean Communities

He started to volunteer in community events in 1999. After working in the financial industry for more than seven years, Daniel Koroma decided it was time to part ways with the company where he worked at the time. Today, Koroma is the community liaison for African And Caribbean Communities. He also oversees the Gilchrist Center […]

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December 20, 2014 | Sonya Burke

NIH Discharges Patient Exposed to Ebola

UPDATED Dec. 20  -The NIH Clinical Center has discharged the patient who was admitted to the hospital on December 11 following a high-risk exposure to Ebola virus while providing bedside nursing care in Sierra Leone. According to a statement issued by NIH, the patient showed no clinical or laboratory evidence of Ebola infection and will complete […]

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November 11, 2014 | Sonya Burke

Germantown Doctor Heads to Sierra Leone to Work on Ebola Diagnostic Test

UPDATED The co-founder of Zalgen Labs in Germantown is on his way to eastern Sierra Leone to test a diagnostic platform for detection of active Ebola virus infections. Dr. Luis Branco took off on Nov. 11 for Kenema to work at the Lassa fever laboratory at the Kenema Government Hospital. “My mission is to validate […]

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October 2, 2014 | Krista Brick

Germantown Man Leads Effort to Help with Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone

By Sierra Leone standards Bobby Smith should already be dead. At 49 he’s lived two years past the life expectancy for a man in his home country. And with the Ebola outbreak hitting that country, had he still lived there the chances of making it to 50s would be even slimmer. Smith, a surgical tech who now […]

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September 29, 2014 | Sonya Burke

Doctor Exposed to Ebola Virus Arrives at NIH

A doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has been transferred from an overseas location and admitted to the NIH Clinical Center for observation and to enroll in a clinical protocol. The patient arrived at the NIH Clinical Center at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, according to a statement posted […]

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September 27, 2014 | Sonya Burke

NIH Preparing to Admit Patient Exposed to Ebola Virus

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is preparing to admit a patient who has been exposed to the Ebola virus to its Clinical Center in the coming days. According to a news released posted on the NIH website, the patient is an American physician who was volunteering services in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra […]

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