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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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Veterinarians Play Important Role In Recognizing Zoonosis Threats To Humans

The Atlantic: How Veterinarians Prevent Animals From Spreading Diseases to Humans “…Seventy-five percent of newly emerging diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can be spread between animals and humans. And they wreak havoc: People fall ill having no natural defenses, and there is often no medicine to fill the gap. ……

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