Sheri Fink

The Ebola virus might remain present in body fluids including semen longer than previously thought.

Unravelling an ‘epidemiological mystery’ about the transmission of Ebola in semen


Scientists are still trying to determine how often and how long the Ebola virus stays active in semen.

An ambulance transporting an Ebola patient drives to the entrance of a treatment centre outside Freetown, Sierra Leone.

An American aid worker with Ebola receives speedy care, while a Sierra Leonean colleague is ‘left behind’

A baby looks out of a box at an outdoor market in Devils Hole, Sierra Leone. A new report suggests Ebola has created 12,000 orphans in the West African country.

Armies of student volunteers are key to Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola

A mural in Monrovia illustrating health instructions for treating the Ebola virus.

Liberians worry that next week’s elections might spread Ebola

Workers put the finishing touches on an Ebola virus treatment center in Monrovia on October 9, 2014.

Keeping disease and people separate isn’t easy, even at Ebola treatment centers

A billboard in Liberia's capital Monrovia offers advice on how to halt the spread of Ebola.

Why doubling down on aid to West Africa will do more to halt Ebola than increased airport screening


The White House has announced a new effort to prevent the spread of Ebola: screening passengers’s temperatures at five major US airports. But Dr. Dan Diekema says doubling down on aid to West Africans will do more than screening to halt the deadly virus.

A health worker, wearing head-to-toe protective gear, offers water to a woman with Ebola at a treatment center for infected persons at Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

Why isn’t the rest of the world helping fight the Ebola outbreak?


When there’s a devastating earthquake almost anywhere around the globe, health care workers and humanitarian groups rush in. But in the case of Ebola in West Africa, only three countries — China, Cuba, and Uganda — have sent in medical teams. And the disease is outstripping the resources.

Liberian soldiers check people for Ebola

How fear is hampering the response to the Ebola crisis


The Ebola epidemic is an emergency for several countries in West Africa. But the international response has been slow. One reason is fear.

Memorial Medical Center New Orleans

Must read? Book tells haunting story of doctors allegedly euthanizing their patients

Health & Medicine

Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter Sheri Fink’s new book, “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital” looks at what happened in a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But Fink says she’s seen the same themes, the same struggles, on her reporting all over the world.

The World

Responses to Rationing Health series forum

Our series last week about health care rationing has generated a lively online discussion. Listeners are sharing their thoughts. Sheri Fink and Dan Wikler are taking your questions until December 31st.