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Slog: verb – to work diligently for long hours slogged, slogging, slogs
(The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition, ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)
Slog Intro
There are billions and billions of bits of information available on the Internet. But have you ever had over one million search results staring at you on your screen and still felt as if you had no idea how to complete an assignment? What source is credible? Is it a primary source reference? What does the text mean? How current is the information? SNN has developed SLOG-ITT to help you find and - Share Lots Of Great Information Through Technology.
Hungry Pests
Rosetta Orbiter & Philae Lander Update
The International Space Station, ISS
Philae probe lands on Comet 67P after ten-year journey
What is propaganda?
NFL footballs - Made in America
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Rosetta Orbiter & Philae Lander
SNN crosses paths with many fascinating and interesting people as we develop content. Often a story on a current event develops into a second story with more details on career paths. Read all about them below! 
Homer Hickam: aerospace engineer, author and - Rocket Boy
Oct. 13, 2014 - Homer Hickam hails from Coalwood, West Virginia, a small city in coal mining country. Homer sought a path out of Coalwood and found it by looking to the skies and his friends.

Join SNN Friday, October 24 at 3:20 p.m. EDT for a live SLOG chat about the Ebola virus. Dr. Eden Wells, Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Director, Preventive Medicine Residency in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, will be sharing her extensive knowledge of communicable diseases and Ebola to answer the many questions students and teachers have about the virus. Meet Dr. Wells through this video introduction. Join the chat on Friday!
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SNN SLOG - Ebola Virus

A number of filamentous Ebola viruses (in red) have budded from a monkey kidney cell. (Photo: NIAID/CDC).

The Hot Zone – follow up to Oct. 24 live SLOG-ITT session about Ebola

Oct. 27, 2014 - The Hot Zone, a 1994 New York Times best selling nonfiction book by Richard Preston about the first appearance of the Ebola virus in the United States, is red hot right now. It's again a New York Times best selling book; it's an Amazon's top 100; and is flying off library shelves. During Friday's live SLOG-ITT session with Dr. Eden Wells, MD, MPH, an Iowa teacher asked her a question about the book's discussion of airborne transmission of Ebola. It was a great question. Learn why Ebola is NOT spread by air but only by direct contact with bodily fluids infected with the Ebola virus.

Two nurses infected with Ebola virus
Oct. 16, 2014 – The Ebola virus was first recognized in 1976 in Africa, one of several viruses responsible for viral hemorrhagic fever. Since that time, Ebola has caused sporadic outbreaks in Africa with hundreds of cases. But in March 2014, a severe outbreak began in West Africa with cases now in the thousands. Over 4,000 people have died there. Ebola is highly virulent with mortality rates 50 percent or higher. On Sept. 20, a person exposed to Ebola in Liberia traveled to Dallas, Texas where he became ill four days after arriving. He was diagnosed with Ebola and died on Oct. 8 from the infection, the first case and Ebola death in the U.S. Two nurses who took care of him have now been diagnosed with Ebola. Ebola is only spread through direct contact with body fluids of infected patients. Patients without symptoms are not contagious. Symptoms include fever (> 101.5 F), severe headache, weakness, vomiting and unexplained hemorrhage. The disease is called Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF). Ebola patients develop symptoms from 2-21 days (average is 8-10 days) after being infected. Antibiotics are not effective against Ebola or any virus. There is no vaccine for Ebola.
Primary Source References Notes & Information from Experts

1. Ebola Virus – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,CDC

2. Ebola Virus – World Health Organization, WHO

3. University of Michigan - Ebola: videos and information

4. SNN stories (primary and secondary reference)

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CDC: First US Ebola case confirmed

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CDC: First US Ebola case confirmed (SNN 1000)

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CDC: First US Ebola case confirmed (SNN 800)

Dr. Eden Wells, MD, MPH, answers students' questions about the Ebola virus on Oct. 24, 2014 at the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. (SNN video: 5:00)

Answers to students' questions on Ebola from Dr. Wells, MD, MPH (pdf)
This Ebola virus particle is a long helical virus. Viruses come in many shapes but all viruses are made up of a protein coat (capsid) and a piece of nucleic acid (either RNA or DNA). Viruses take over human cells and use cell components to make more viruses unlike bacteria that can divide on their own. (Photo: CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith). Video: CDC Disease Detectives: LT. Kelsey Mirkovic
In this August 2014 video (1:28), Lt. Kelsey Mirkovic speaks about her recent assignment in West Africa in the area where the Ebola outbreak is thought to have originated. She was in West Africa to help stop the outbreak there.

This photo was taken at an outdoor Ebola clinic in Monrovia, Liberia's capital city, during the 2014 Ebola HF outbreak. The clinic opened on August 17, 2014 and is operated by Doctors Without Borders. (Photo: CDC/Sally Ezra).

Dr. Jordan Tappero of the CDC is being assisted with his protective gear by a member of Doctors Without Borders in Monrovia, Liberia during the 2014 Ebola HF outbreak. (Photo: Sally Ezra/CDC)


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