Joel Achenbach

ReporterWashington, D.C.


Science can help put the U.S. cases in perspective, getting past the anxiety associated with the disease.

  • Oct 18, 2014


  • Oct 17, 2014

Tom Frieden’s confident statements about containing the virus have had to compete with an onslaught of bad news.

  • Oct 16, 2014

Before she boarded her flight, the second worker who would later be diagnosed with Ebola reported her fever to the CDC, but she was still allowed to travel to Ohio.

  • Oct 15, 2014

As Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan’s condition worsened, workers at a Dallas hospital donned more layers of protective clothing to guard against the virus.

  • Oct 15, 2014

A World Health Organization official said that at the current rate there could be between 5,000 and 10,000 new cases a week in West Africa by December.

  • Oct 14, 2014

Aerosol transmission is known only through laboratory tests studying possible weaponization.

  • Oct 10, 2014

Global health officials worry about exponential increase in infections in West Africa nations.

  • Oct 9, 2014

The Ebola virus persists in semen for as long as three months after an infected man recovers.

  • Oct 8, 2014

There’s no magic bullet that will end this medieval plague

  • Oct 6, 2014
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Joel Achenbach writes on science and politics for the Post's national desk. He has been a staff writer for The Washington Post since 1990, started the newsroom’s first online column, "Rough Draft," in 1999, and started’s first blog, Achenblog, in 2005.

He has been a regular contributor to National Geographic since 1998, writing on such topics as dinosaurs, particle physics, earthquakes, extraterrestrial life, megafauna extinction and the electrical grid. A 1982 graduate of Princeton University, he has taught journalism at Princeton and Georgetown University.

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