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CDC Director Defends U.S. Response To Domestic Ebola Cases; Some Lawmakers Call For Travel Bans At House Hearing

News outlets report on a U.S. House hearing examining the federal response to Ebola cases in the U.S., including calls from some lawmakers to enact travel bans for people from West Africa. The Hill: CDC under fire for Ebola missteps “Lawmakers in both parties are questioning the competence of the…

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Health Officials Record Ebola Cases In Sierra Leone’s Last Healthy District

News outlets report health officials have detected Ebola cases in the last untouched district in Sierra Leone. Associated Press: Ebola comes to last safe district in Sierra Leone “The deadly Ebola virus has infected two people in what was the last untouched district in Sierra Leone, the government said Thursday,…

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U.S. Efforts To Contain Domestic Ebola Cases Show Challenges Of Containing Virus

News outlets examine the U.S. response to two nurses diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas after they cared for a Liberian man who died of the disease there last week. The Atlantic: A Second Nurse and Second Guesses on Ebola “Senior U.S. officials are growing more worried about an Ebola outbreak…

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World Losing Ground Against Ebola, U.N. Official Warns, As WHO Announces 10K Cases Per Week Possible By December

News outlets report on warnings by Anthony Banbury, head of the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, who said the world is losing ground in its efforts to contain Ebola, as the WHO announced 10,000 cases a week are possible in two months. Agence France-Presse: World losing ground against Ebola…

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Second Dallas HCW Diagnosed With Ebola

News outlets report on the diagnosis of Ebola in a second Dallas health care worker who was part of the team treating a Liberian man who died of the disease. Nina Pham, a critical care nurse who also worked on the Dallas team, was diagnosed with Ebola over the weekend.…

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U.N. Nuclear Agency To Help West Africans Diagnose Ebola With Nuclear Technologies

Reuters: U.N. nuclear agency to help West Africa fight Ebola “The United Nations atomic agency plans to help West African countries fight the Ebola epidemic with nuclear-related technology that can quickly diagnose a disease which has killed more than 4,400 people…” (Dahl, 10/14).

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Ebola Death Rate Increases To 70% In West Africa; Region Could See 10K Cases Per Week, WHO Says

Associated Press: WHO: 10,000 new Ebola cases per week could be seen “West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent….” (10/14).

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News Outlets Examine Issues Surrounding Ebola Treatment Research, Vaccine Development, Case Detection

News outlets discuss issues surrounding the research and development of Ebola treatments and vaccines, as well as the challenges of case detection. Agence France-Presse: Use of placebos in Ebola drug trials unethical: experts “Health experts from around the globe said Friday it would be unethical in drug trials to give…

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Ebola’s Spread Outpacing Containment Efforts

Washington Post: The ominous math of the Ebola epidemic “When the experts describe the Ebola disaster, they do so with numbers. The statistics include not just the obvious ones, such as caseloads, deaths and the rate of infection, but also the ones that describe the speed of the global response.…

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USAID Blog Post Profiles Liberian Lab Testing For Ebola

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: The Fight on Ebola Continues in the Lab Carol Han, press officer for the Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team at USAID, discusses the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research (LIBR), which was established in the 1970s to conduct research on viral infections in Africa and is now one of…

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