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The first person to contract Ebola in the United States is a nurse who treated Thomas Duncan, the man who died of Ebola in Dallas after catching it in Liberia. Other healthcare workers who treated Duncan might be at risk. So they—and people they’ve contacted—are being monitored. We'll hear about the risks in this country, and how Ebola spread in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Despite alarms being sounded by some politicians, the bottom line is that the way to keep America safe is to stop the disease in West Africa.

Also: championship football players accused of sexually assaulting fellow players.

Banner Image: A member of the CG Environmental HazMat team disinfects the entrance to the residence of a health worker at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who has contracted Ebola in Dallas, Texas, October 12, 2014. The infected worker, identified as a woman but not named by authorities as they announced the case on Sunday, is believed to be the first person to contract the disease in the United States. REUTERS/Jaime R. Carrero

Producers:
Claire Martin
Benjamin Gottlieb
Jenny Hamel

Second Dallas Ebola Patient Raises Questions about Risk, Vigilance 5 MIN

A nurse who treated an Ebola patient from Liberia is the first person to contract the disease in the United States. It’s changed the strategy for coping with the disease in this country. Tom Frieden, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the following to reporters this morning: "The existence of the first case of Ebola spread in the U.S. changes some things and it doesn't change somethings. It doesn't change the fact that we know how Ebola spreads. It doesn't change the fact that it's possible to treat Ebola safely. But it does change substantially how we approach it."

Manny Fernandez is in Dallas for the New York Times.

Guests:
Manny Fernandez, New York Times (@mannyNYT)

Ebola Fears Spread in US 35 MIN, 48 SEC

The CDC says the spread of Ebola in the United States is very unlikely. But that doesn’t mean there’s no danger for some people. Early today, CDC head Tom Frieden noted, "We need to consider the possibility that there could be additional cases, particularly among the health care workers who cared for the index patient when he was so ill. That's when this health care worker became infected, and we're concerned and would unfortunately not be surprised if we did see additional cases in the health care workers who also provided care to the index patient."

The “index patient” is Thomas Duncan, the man who died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital after arriving there from Liberia. Thomas Ksiazek is former chief of the CDC’s Pathogens Branch, which studies infections diseases. He’s now director of high containment laboratory operations at the Galveston National Laboratory. In August and September, he was in Sierra Leone to assist the government in controlling the Ebola outbreak.

Guests:
Thomas Ksiazek, National Biodefense Training Center
Anne Rimoin, UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health (@arimoin)
Drew Hinshaw, Wall Street Journal (@drewfhinshaw)
Frank Rich, New York magazine (@frankrichny)

Revered High School Football Team Taken Down by Hazing and Assault Scandal 6 MIN, 10 SEC

The “Bombers” of the War Memorial High School in Sayerville, New Jersey have won three of the last four state championships. But over the weekend, seven players were arrested, and the rest of this year’s season has been cancelled.

One city councilman says Sayreville, New Jersey, “ss a town that lives on Friday night lights” when the Bombers of the War Memorial High School take the field. That’s according to Kate Zernike of the New York Times, who reports that the lights are off for the rest of this season.

Guests:
Kate Zernike, New York Times (@kzernike)

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