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WHO Emergency Committee On MERS Says Situation Not An Emergency

“After discussing the latest developments, the [WHO’s] emergency committee on the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) decided today that the MERS situation still does not amount to an international public health emergency,” CIDRAP News reports. However, “the panel felt that the situation is still of concern in view of…

West Africa Health Systems Work To Stem Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on the ongoing challenges and responses to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Regional Ebola response center to be set up in Guinea “A regional center is being set up in Guinea to coordinate the response to the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola that has killed…

South Sudan Faces Cholera Outbreak, Refugee Crisis

News outlets report on the cholera outbreak and refugee crisis in South Sudan. Associated Press: Cholera threatens thousands in South Sudan: agency “An outbreak of cholera is putting thousands of lives at risk in parts of South Sudan, worsening the country’s humanitarian crisis amid ongoing violence, the aid group Save the…

Ebola Death Toll Rises To More Than 600 In West Africa

News outlets report on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: West Africa Ebola toll hits 603 “The death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 603, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, with 68 new fatalities mostly in Sierra Leone and Liberia…” (7/15).…

U.N.’s Ban Calls For Intensified Efforts To Address Cholera Epidemic In Haiti

News outlets report on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s visit to Haiti, where he called for intensified water and sanitation efforts and an end to the cholera epidemic. Reuters: U.N. chief makes ‘pilgrimage’ to Haiti to address cholera crisis “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew to Haiti on Monday for what…

West African Health Systems Stressed By Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on challenges to stemming the spread of Ebola in West Africa. New York Times: Death Toll From Ebola Surges in West Africa, Prompting Alarm “New cases and deaths from the Ebola virus outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, already the worst…

Health Officials Face Multiple Challenges In Stemming Ebola Outbreak In Africa

News outlets report on the challenges health officials face in stemming the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Associated Press: New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare “No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in…

Economic Threats Of Ebola Should Draw Additional Global Support To End Outbreak

Financial Times: Africa needs help to fight Ebola “As a terrifying outbreak of Ebola virus spreads across West Africa, the world is beginning to wake up to the threat of a public health disaster in the region — and possibly more widely — but efforts to contain the epidemic require…

Denial Of Ebola’s Threat In Sierra Leone Hindering Prevention Efforts

Humanosphere: In Sierra Leone, Ebola continues its spread via denial and ignorance In a guest post, Cooper Inveen, a Seattle-based journalist and reporter for the Awoko newspaper in Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, discusses local reaction to the Ebola outbreak, including denial that the disease poses a threat…

Efforts To Develop Ebola Vaccine Underway But Lack Funding

News outlets report on efforts to develop vaccines and other treatments for Ebola virus, which continues to spread in West Africa. The Atlantic: Where Does Ebola Come From? “The worst Ebola virus outbreak ever is ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. So far, the disease has killed 670 people and…

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