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70 Die From Outbreak Of Hemorrhagic Illness In DRC; WHO Denies Ebola Link

Reuters: WHO says 70 die from illness in Congo, denies Ebola link “At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola…” (Bakumanya/Farge, 8/21).

Uganda Will Not Achieve AIDS-Free Generation With ‘Backwards’ HIV Law, Activists Say

Inter Press Service: No Hope for AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda as Controversial HIV Bill is Signed into Law “HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an ‘AIDS-free generation’ now a ‘backwards’ HIV/AIDS bill criminalizing the ‘willful and intentional’ transmission of the disease has been signed into law…” (Fallon, 8/21).

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Ongoing Ebola Outbreak

An editorial and several opinion pieces address the ongoing Ebola outbreak. The Lancet: Ebola: a failure of international collective action Editorial Board “…Although WHO is now leading the international response to the crisis, it was initially slow to act at the high level that was needed. … The crisis shows…

Liberia Struggling To Face Unprecedented Ebola Outbreak

Two blogs address the situation in Liberia, which is facing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak. Humanosphere: How Liberia quarantine may help spread Ebola Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere, discusses the potential risks and benefits of using quarantine as a public health measure during infectious disease outbreaks (8/21). PLOS’s…

Blog Discusses Ugandan Law Criminalizing HIV Transmission

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Uganda’s HIV criminalization, mandatory testing bill signed into law against local and international cautions of harms to health, human rights Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses Uganda President Yoweri…

Number Of Ebola Deaths Reaches 1,350 In West Africa, WHO Says

News outlets report on new WHO estimates on the number of deaths recorded in the West African Ebola outbreak and ask researchers and aid workers about the potential for underestimating the case numbers. Associated Press: WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350 “The World Health Organization says the…

U.N. Coordinator On Ebola Begins West Africa Trip To Address Outbreak Response

News outlets report on David Nabarro, the U.N. system coordinator on Ebola, who is traveling to West Africa this week to address issues surrounding the outbreak. Agence France-Presse: U.N. Ebola czar visits West Africa after violent clashes “The U.N.’s new pointman on Ebola was due to arrive in West Africa…

Experts Sent To Investigate Reports Of Ebola-Like Illnesses In Northern DRC Province

News outlets report on several reports of Ebola-like illness in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Hill: Report: Potential signs of Ebola virus in Congo “The Democratic Republic of Congo is investigating potential evidence of the Ebola virus there, a sign that the deadly illness may have spread to a…

NPR Interviews MSF President About Ebola Outbreak, Response

NPR: Doctors Without Borders: What We Need To Contain Ebola “…In an interview on All Things Considered, MSF’s international president, Dr. Joanne Liu, tells NPR’s Audie Cornish that they opened a new Ebola care center in Monrovia, Liberia, this weekend. It was equipped with 120 beds, and ‘all the beds…