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4:48 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Jindal: End Flights From Ebola-Stricken Areas

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is urging the Obama Administration to block flights coming into the United States from Ebola-stricken countries.
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is urging the Obama Administration to block flights coming into the United States from Ebola-stricken countries.

In a statement Friday, Jindal said, "Even countries in Africa have cut back on or stopped accepting flights from countries with Ebola outbreaks."

Jindal's comments come as the U.S. begins treating at least two people diagnosed with the virus after visits to West Africa.

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5:16 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Louisiana Emergency Responders Prepare For The Possibility Of Ebola

Governor Bobby Jindal said in a statement that state agencies and emergency responders have been working for weeks to prepare public health workers to treat possible cases of Ebola in Louisiana.
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Governor Bobby Jindal met with emergency management officials Wednesday to discuss Louisiana’s preparedness for a possible Ebola outbreak.

On Tuesday, a man in Dallas became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.

The governor said in a statement that state agencies and emergency responders have been working for weeks to prepare public health workers to treat possible cases of Ebola.

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1:07 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

With Ban in Place, Smokers Migrate Off Campus

LSU Goes Tobacco Free


Louisiana's legislature passed a law in 2013 prompting all state colleges and universities to go tobacco-free by Aug. 1 of this year. It's been almost two months now since tobacco products have officially been banned on LSU's Baton Rouge campus. 

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8:03 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Organization Calling On La. Health Department To Stop Charging Rape Victims For Emergency Care

News reports over the weekend about rape victims in New Orleans being charged for some medical treatments are prompting a leading women’s rights organization to push for change. The group is calling on state health officials to change the rules.

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7:27 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Sailor Taken From African Vessel Diagnosed With Malaria, Not Ebola

An ailing sailor taken from a vessel docked in New Orleans that stopped in West Africa has been diagnosed with malaria.

The Centers for Disease Control said the ship had stopped in a region where a few cases of the Ebola virus have been reported.

The crew member was taken to West Jefferson Medical Center for treatment.

Nola.com is reporting that one of the ship's crew members fell ill and disembarked in the Bahamas two days ago.

The CDC says he was diagnosed with malaria and later died. An Ebola test reportedly came back negative.

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3:56 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Abortion Providers Face Looming Deadline for Admitting Privileges

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 6:47 am

A new law that could close every abortion clinic in south Louisiana goes into effect in less than three weeks, on Sept. 1. Clinics in Baton Rouge and New Orleans are fighting to stay open. 


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Science & Health
1:05 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

UNO's Adam Norris: We're Now A Smoke-Free Campus

The University of New Orleans.

Adam Norris, the Director of Communications at the University of New Orleans, tells us UNO became a tobacco-free campus on Aug. 1.

The state legislature mandated all public colleges and universities become smoke-free on that date, but UNO took it a step further and banned all types of tobacco. Norris says there are smoking-cessation resources in place for faculty, staff and students.

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Features
9:47 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Richard Campanella Cityscapes: Anniversary Of An Epidemic

Workers display rat-trapping equipment in New Orleans, circa 1914.
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At a time when the Ebola virus is causing panic throughout the world, and has prompted dire warnings from international public health officials, we're revisiting a plague of old: The Plague.

For this month's "Cityscapes" piece on Nola.com, Tulane University's Richard Campanella focused on one of New Orleans's own epidemics. This month marks the 100th anniversary of the bubonic plague outbreak in New Orleans.

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7:37 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Tulane Ebola Expert Says It Is Time To Step Up Experimental Treatments

Signage in the Congo informing visitors of an Ebola infected area, September 2013.
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A Tulane expert in viral epidemics raging in West Africa says it’s time to expand experimental treatments. Some are showing promise.

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7:44 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Louisiana Abortion Law May Not Be Affected By Appeals Court Ruling

The sponsor of a Louisiana law restricting abortions doesn’t believe it’s in jeopardy, despite a federal appeals court striking down a similar law in Mississippi.

The legislation requires doctors performing abortions to have hospital admitting privileges.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 yesterday to overturn Mississippi's 2012 law, which would have closed the state's only abortion clinic.

The judges said every state must guarantee the right to an abortion.

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