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Scientists, U.N. Express Concern Over Reaching Ebola Elimination In West Africa

The Guardian: Ebola endemic in West Africa remains a risk, scientists warn “Scientists are warning of a real risk that the Ebola virus disease could become endemic in West Africa if efforts to end the epidemic slacken as the number of cases falls…” (Boseley, 2/25). U.N. News Centre: Amid uptick…

H1N1 Influenza Deaths Reach 1,000 In India; Different Swine Flu Strain Could Be Responsible For Some, Researcher Says

International Business Times: Swine Flu: Death Toll Reaches 1,000-Mark, 17,000 Diagnosed with H1N1 Virus “Swine flu has claimed 1,000 lives until now with 39 new death cases being reported on Thursday. Meanwhile the reported number of individuals suffering from influenza has crossed the 17,000 mark…” (Das, 2/27). International Business Times:…

WHO Approves Quick Test For Ebola

NPR: 15-Minute Ebola Test Approved For Fighting The Epidemic “…The World Health Organization approved the first quick test for Ebola Friday. The test gives results in about 15 minutes, instead of hours. So people infected can get treatment and be quarantined more quickly…” (Doucleff, 2/20). Reuters: WHO approves 15-minute Ebola…

Ebola Cases Down, But Challenges Remain, Vigilance Must Be Maintained, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: SLeone hunts infected as Ebola crisis hits ‘turning point’ “Sierra Leone launched a door-to-door search Wednesday for ‘hidden’ Ebola patients as the head of the United Nations announced the world was at ‘a critical turning point’ in the crisis…” (Johnson, 2/18). New York Times: Ebola Risks Linger, Officials…

Podcast Explores Ebola Epidemic Responses

Council on Foreign Relations’ “Development Channel”: Podcast: What the Ebola Outbreak Says About Global Health Governance In a guest post and podcast, Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, interviews Stephen Morse, professor of epidemiology at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and Andrew…

Climate Change Could Contribute To Shifting Global Disease Patterns, Research Suggests

Humanosphere: Climate change may increase spread of infectious diseases, researchers say Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses the research of zoologists Daniel Brooks and Eric Hoberg, who examine the correlations between climate change and emerging diseases in a study published recently in the journal Philosophical Transactions B. The researchers recommend increased…