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Ebola Genetic Analysis Shows How Virus Spread From Guinea To Sierra Leone

News outlets report on a study published in Science that describes the genetic mutations taking place in the Ebola virus as it spreads among humans in the West African outbreak. Associated Press: Scientists dig into Ebola’s deadly genes for clues “…Stephen Gire and other health researchers on the ground in…

Dead Game Animal Linked To Ebola Outbreak In DRC, WHO Says

CIDRAP News: WHO: Dead game animal sparked DRC Ebola outbreak “The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Ebola outbreak started with a pregnant woman who butchered a game animal, leading to a total of 24 suspected cases and 13 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced [Wednesday]…” (Roos, 8/27).

NIH To Begin Ebola Vaccine Safety Clinical Trial In Humans

News outlets report on an Ebola vaccine human clinical trial scheduled to begin next week. ABC News: U.S. to Test Ebola Vaccine in Humans Amid Growing Outbreak in West Africa “U.S. scientists will begin testing an Ebola vaccine in humans next week, health officials announced [Thursday]. But it could take…

U.K. Advises Only Essential Travel To Ebola-Affected West African Nations

News outlets report on travel warnings made by the U.K. in response to the West African Ebola outbreak. BBC News: Travel ban to Ebola affected countries, U.K. officials say “The U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office says all travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia should be avoided — unless essential,…

2.5B People Lack Proper Sanitation, Creating Adverse Effects On Health

The Guardian discusses the issue of sanitation and its relevance to development and health outcomes globally. The Guardian: Lack of toilets blights the lives of 2.5bn people, U.N. chief warns “The world’s lack of progress in building toilets and ending open defecation is having a ‘staggering’ effect on the health,…

Lack Of Sanitation Leads To Health Problems In Uganda, But Local Solutions Offer Progress

Al Jazeera America: Unclogging Uganda’s rural sanitation crisis “…Poor sanitation and hygiene are contributing factors to three-quarters of the diseases found [in Uganda], according to Julian Kyomuhangi, assistant commissioner for environmental health at Uganda’s Ministry of Health. … Foreign aid officials working on sanitation in Uganda say the most effective…

Somalia Heading Towards Second Famine; Donors Must Act Now, U.N. Says

Reuters: Somalia donors must act now to avoid famine ‘catastrophe': U.N. “War-ravaged Somalia is hurtling towards a second famine in three years that could be prevented if donors increased funding, Philippe Lazzarini, United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, said on Sunday…” (Jorgic, 8/29).