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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Spread In West Africa

News outlets report on the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed at least 660 people and infected more than 1,000. Agence France-Presse: West Africa Ebola death toll reaches 660: WHO “The death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases…

More Commitment Needed To Stop Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

New York Times: Why Are We Ignoring a New Ebola Outbreak? Ken Isaacs, vice president of programs and government relations for Samaritan’s Purse “Three small, impoverished nations in West Africa — Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone — now demand the world’s attention as the deadly Ebola epidemic spins out of…

Sierra Leone’s Chief Ebola Doctor Catches Virus

News outlets continue coverage on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Reuters: Sierra Leone’s chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus “The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said…” (7/23). VOA News: Sierra Leone’s Chief Ebola Doctor Contracts Virus…

Media Reports Examine Aspects Of West African Ebola Outbreak

News outlets continue coverage on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Reuters: Ebola outbreak not hurting investment in Sierra Leone: foreign minister “The Ebola outbreak has not hurt foreign investment in Sierra Leone but will inevitably require more spending to fight it, the country’s foreign minister said on Monday…” (Cohn/Vellacott, 7/21).…

MERS Virus Detected In Air Samples Of Camel Barn Suggests Disease Is Airborne

Reuters: MERS virus detected in air samples from Saudi camel barn “Saudi scientists have found gene fragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in air from a barn housing an infected camel and say this suggests the disease may be transmitted through the air…” (Kelland, 7/22).

Amid Budget Cuts, Ebola Outbreak Worsens In West Africa, Produces Stigma

News outlets continue coverage on the Ebola outbreak and stigma surrounding the disease in West Africa. Bloomberg News: Ebola Survivor Shunned as a Zombie Joins Fight Against Virus “…The social stigma attached to Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever that kills as many as 90 percent of its victims, is complicating efforts…

Congress Investigating CDC Security Lapses

News outlets discuss security lapses recently uncovered at CDC facilities. CNN: CDC’s lab problems have ripple effect on other outbreaks “The lab mishaps at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are having ‘broad impacts,’ compromising care for patients with diseases like tuberculosis and chikungunya and potentially slowing work overseas…

U.S. Reports First Locally Acquired Cases Of Chikungunya; Puerto Rico Declares Epidemic

News outlets report on the first locally acquired case of chikungunya virus reported in the U.S., as Puerto Rico declares the disease epidemic. Associated Press: Puerto Rico declares chikungunya epidemic “Health officials in Puerto Rico on Thursday declared an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya, which was introduced…

Ebola Health Workers In Sierra Leone Struggle With Emotions, Stigma

The Guardian: Ebola in Sierra Leone: battling sadness, fear and disgust on the frontline Ane Bjøru Fjeldsæter, a psychologist working with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) “I was expecting the Ebola epidemic to be quite gruesome and unlike anything I had seen before. But I really didn’t expect its magnitude –…