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WHO Calls For Tripling Of Epidemiologists For Ebola Efforts

VOA News: Battling Ebola with Data “The World Health Organization recently called for 900 more epidemiologists to join the battle against Ebola in West Africa. That’s triple the current number. Epidemiologists study the patterns of disease outbreaks to determine how they spread and where they may go next…” (DeCapua, 1/5).

Malaria Control Efforts Challenging Amid Ebola Epidemic In West African Nations

Associated Press: Malaria killing thousands more than Ebola in West Africa “West Africa’s fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus…” (Faul, 12/28). Nature: Side effects vex anti-malaria push in Sierra Leone…

Regional Disease Surveillance Networks Can Improve Health Outcomes

World Bank’s “Investing in Health”: Regional Disease Surveillance in a Globalized World Patricio Marquez, lead health specialist and public health focal point for health, nutrition, and population global practice at the World Bank, discusses the importance of early detection and response to disease outbreaks, and the benefits of establishing regional…

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…

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…

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,…