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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…

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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:…

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Saudi Arabia Must Stop MERS Transmission, Including In Health Care Settings, To Prevent Global Spread

Washington Post: The world should learn from the Ebola crisis to combat MERS in Saudi Arabia Editorial Board “…Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, is surging anew in Saudi Arabia and raising familiar questions: Where is this coronavirus coming from and how is it spreading? … The World Health Organization,…

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WHO Reports 99 Ebola Cases Over Past Week In Three Hardest-Hit West African Countries

Reuters: 99 Ebola cases in past week, nearly two-thirds in Sierra Leone: WHO “Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone reported 99 new confirmed Ebola cases in the week to Feb. 22, down from 128 the previous week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. Sierra Leone accounted for the bulk…

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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…

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India’s MoH Deploys Experts To Study Increase In H1N1 Cases, Asks State Governments To Examine Mortality Patterns

New York Times: India Deploys Expert Teams to Study Rise in Flu Cases “Indian officials this week scrambled to cope with a rise in cases of the flu, which they say has sickened thousands of people and caused the deaths of 700 since the beginning of January. The Health Ministry…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Guinea’s Government Approves Wider Use Of Experimental Ebola Drug After New Cases Detected

Reuters: Guinea Ebola infections double as hidden cases discovered “The number of people sick with Ebola fever has doubled in Guinea in the past week following the discovery of cases previously unknown to health authorities, a Guinea health official said on Friday…” (Samb/Felix, 2/6). Reuters: Guinea to expand use of…

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