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Mali Confirms First Case Of Ebola

News outlets report that Mali has confirmed its first case of Ebola, making it the sixth West African country to be hit by the outbreak. The Atlantic: Ebola Reaches Mali “Less than a week after two West African countries successfully rid themselves of Ebola, another has announced its first case of…

WHO Emergency Committee Says Focus Should Remain On Containing Ebola In West Africa

Media sources report on a meeting of the WHO International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Ebola still of ‘great concern’ in West Africa epicenter: WHO “…The World Heath Organization said after an emergency meeting on the deadly hemorrhagic fever that the situation…

U.S. Military, Administration, Congress Make Moves To Better Respond To Ebola Domestically, In West Africa

Media sources report on U.S. military, administration, and congressional actions to address Ebola domestically and internationally. DoD News: Health Chief Outlines Precautions for Ebola Response Troops “Fighting the West Africa Ebola epidemic is immediately and strategically important to the United States, and the Defense Department is taking every precaution to minimize…

African Nations To Send More Health Care Workers To Ebola Hotspots

News outlets report on increased efforts by African Union member states to send more health care workers to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Agence France-Presse: African nations to send 1,000 health workers to Ebola hotspots “African countries on Thursday pledged to send more than 1,000 health workers to Ebola-ravaged Sierra…

News Outlets Report On Ebola Outbreak In Sierra Leone, Liberia

News outlets report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, particularly in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone leader says Ebola ‘contained by end-2014’ (10/23). Agence France-Presse: Ebola-hit Liberia unveils strict border checks (10/23). Wall Street Journal: Liberian Slum Takes Ebola Treatment Into Its Own Hands (Vogt, 10/23).

Ebola Efforts In West Africa Must Increase To Bring Outbreak Under Control, Study Says

News outlets report on a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases that says the world’s response to the West African Ebola outbreak must be bolstered to prevent tens of thousands of deaths. The Guardian: Response to Ebola epidemic in West Africa too slow, say scientists “The international response to…

Travel Restrictions Delay Efforts Of Medical Staff To Fight Ebola

Wall Street Journal: Travel Restrictions Hamper African Medical Staff in Ebola Fight “Scores of African doctors and nurses — many of them with experience treating Ebola — have experienced delays getting to affected regions because of flight bans and travel restrictions, an African Union official said on Thursday…” (Vogt, 10/24).

Mobile Phone Records Can Help Combat Ebola Epidemic

The Economist: Ebola and big data: Waiting on hold “In the battle against Ebola, mobile phones could be invaluable — not just in themselves, as devices that can be used to send people public health information or let them call helplines, but also because of the data they generate…” (10/25).

UNFPA, Kenyan NGO To Improve Health Of Women, Children Through Partnership

Xinhua News: U.N. agency inks deal to improve health of African women, children “The U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday expressed its commitment to a partnership with Amref Health Africa, a Kenya-based NGO, to improve the health of women and children in Africa. UNFPA Chief of Sexual and Reproductive Health…