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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

WHO, Donor Nations Face Criticism From U.K. Parliamentary Committee For Slow Ebola Response

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Donors and WHO responded too slowly to West Africa Ebola outbreak: report “The World Health Organization (WHO) and the nations that fund it failed to respond quickly and effectively to the deadly West Africa Ebola outbreak despite repeated warnings by aid agencies, a U.K. parliamentary committee said…

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Climate Change May Increase Presence Of Cholera, But New Data Can Predict, Prevent Future Outbreaks, Study Says

International Business Times: Climate change will increase Cholera outbreaks in vulnerable regions “Climate change will lead to more frequent cholera outbreaks in vulnerable regions, a study has found. However, a method using satellite data has been developed to anticipate an outbreak two to four months in advance. The study, conducted…

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Quickly Identifying, Isolating Ebola Cases Central To Stopping Epidemic, CDC Director Says

NPR: Endless Ebola Epidemic? That’s The ‘Risk We Face Now,’ CDC Says “…[CDC Director] Dr. Thomas Frieden is visiting West Africa this week to figure out how to reduce the time it takes to find new Ebola cases and isolate them. Otherwise, Ebola could become a permanent disease in West…

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Agencies Working To Develop Faster Ebola Diagnostic Tests

VOA News: Better Ebola Tests Expected Within Months “…Health agencies agree there is an urgent need for innovative ways to provide rapid, sensitive, safe, and simple testing. WHO, Doctors Without Borders, and the private organization the Foundation of Innovative New Diagnostics are working with a number of companies to develop…

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Unreported Ebola Cases Fewer Than Previously Thought, Study Shows

New York Times: Fewer Ebola Cases Go Unreported Than Thought, Study Finds “Transmission of the Ebola virus occurs mostly within families, in hospitals and at funerals, not randomly like the flu, Yale scientists said Tuesday, and far fewer cases go unreported than has previously been estimated. That implies, they said,…

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Saudi King Pledges $35M For Ebola Control Efforts, Treatment Centers

Associated Press: Saudi pledges $35 million for fight against Ebola “The Islamic Development Bank says the Saudi king has pledged $35 million to help fight Ebola in hard-hit West African countries. … The bank says the grant will be used to provide … thermal sensors and medical examination equipment designed…

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Ebola Doctors Strike For 2nd Day In Sierra Leone; CDC Reports Higher Cumulative Ebola Incidence Among HCWs In Country

Associated Press: Sierra Leonean docs strike again over Ebola care “Sierra Leone’s junior doctors went on strike for a second day Tuesday, a move they dubbed a ‘tactical retreat’ to demand better care for medical workers who catch Ebola after a spate of deaths. … On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers…

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Sierra Leone Surpasses Liberia In Ebola Case Numbers; Disease Still Spreading In Sierra Leone, Guinea; Liberia Must Remain Vigilant, Official Says

BBC News: Ebola crisis: Sierra Leone case number surpasses Liberia “Sierra Leone has overtaken neighboring Liberia as the country with the highest number of Ebola cases, the latest World Health Organization figures suggest…” (12/8). Reuters: Sierra Leone overtakes Liberia in number of Ebola cases: WHO “…The cumulative number of cases…

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Gaps In Ebola Data Present Challenges; Worst-Case Disease Models Not Panning Out

Associated Press: In Ebola outbreak, bad data adds another problem “…Having accurate numbers about an outbreak is essential not only to provide a realistic picture of the epidemic, but to determine effective control strategies. Dr. Bruce Aylward, who is leading the World Health Organization’s Ebola response, said it’s crucial to…

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German Donation To U.N. Of 400 Cooler-Equipped Motorbikes Will Facilitate Ebola Testing In West Africa

U.N. News Centre: Cooler box-equipped motorbikes donated to U.N. will speed up Ebola testing process in West Africa “…The head of the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), headquartered in Accra, Anthony Banbury, thanked the German people for their donation. ‘It’s really been a great partnership. It’s an excellent…

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