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Iowan Heading to Africa to Help with Ebola Prevent Efforts

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DES MOINES, Iowa – An epidemiologist with the Iowa Department of Public Health is fighting Ebola.

Samir Koirala arrived in Sierra Leone last week. He’s working with local teams to coordinate outbreak care and prevention efforts with the Center for Disease Control.

The health expert said he is helping educate local workers like burial team members and ambulance drivers about the risks of getting Ebola. He’s also teaching putting chlorinated water in offices to clean hands and disinfecting work space daily.


  • Lou

    I applaud his selfless efforts. I am thankful that there are people willing to risk their lives to help others. Having said that, if he contracts the virus, I hope he stays there.

  • BrutallyHonest

    If we wanted to really help them they would send the vaccine there and use it. It clearly worked on 2 AMERICAN doctors. The africans must not have enough money or be important enough to receive the vaccine. And yes, he should stay there if he contracts the virus, and he should have to be put through a minimum 60 day courntine before he is allow to return.

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