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Since the Ebola epidemic started over a year ago in a remote village in Guinea, an estimated 10,000 people have died. Tonight’s FRONTLINE documentary, Outbreak, airing on SDPB1-TV at 9, CT; 8, MT,  investigates the epidemic that devastated West Africa. Filmmaker and journalist Dan Edge joined Dakota Midday and discussed the outbreak's origins and why it wasn’t stopped before it was too late.


According to the latest report from the World Health Association, more than six thousand people have died of Ebola this year in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and  Sierra Leone. Incidences of Ebola in Liberia are stable or declining, but that the transmission of the virus is still intense in Sierra Leone.

On Sunday, December 14 in Sioux Falls, the Economic Community of West African State in South Dakota is holding an intercessory service for Ebola affected nations. It begins at 3 pm at the First Baptist Church.

Sanford USD Medical Center Designated As Ebola Hospital

Nov 24, 2014

In the unlikely event a case of Ebola pops up in South Dakota there is now a plan of action and a designated health care facility to diagnose and treat any sick patients.

The plan may also help the state deal with any future outbreaks of infectious disease.

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Candidates for the United States Congress met Thursday night on SDPB Television for a debate that covered more than one dozen topics. Both women are offering their perspectives on the federal government’s relationship with Native American tribes.

Democrat Corinna Robinson says members of Congress must focus on the issues people in Indian County find important. 

"They are not getting the funding they need to continue their language training, their cultural training in their institutions, their colleges, and they would certainly like some help with that," Robinson says. "They would like better health care. They have to drive a long ways sometimes to get to a nearby clinic, or, when an emergency happens, there’s not an ambulance close by.  They certainly struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. And we certainly need to do a better job at listening and visiting hearing their concerns."

Robinson is running against incumbent Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Both women say federal officials need to respect tribal sovereignty. Noem says she wants to ensure Native Americans don’t fear that federal organizations can come into businesses and claim jurisdiction on reservation land.


The Texas Ebola patient who traveled to the U.S. from Liberia has died. Liberia is among the West African countries suffering from an outbreak of the disease. Over three thousand people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria have died from Ebola in the current outbreak.

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Some 4,000 people in West Africa have been confirmed infected with Ebola since the outbreak started in March. Around half have died of the disease. The World Health Organization says responders need to be prepared for an “exponential increase” in cases in upcoming weeks. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Ebola outbreak is “spiraling out of control.”

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Officials say that some of the people who fled an Ebola quarantine center in a slum in Monrovia, Liberia when it was attacked over the weekend are again under observation at a hospital. The attack is an example of the struggles health workers face in their efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.