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U.N. Ebola Official Says More Ebola Preparations Needed; WHO Calls Expert Meeting

News outlets report on the U.N. response to the Ebola outbreak, including a WHO meeting set for the beginning of September. Agence France-Presse: U.N.’s top Ebola official wants preparations for ‘flareup’ “The United Nations’ new pointman on Ebola said Friday he was preparing for a possible flareup of the epidemic…

International Community’s Response To Ebola Outbreak Criticized

Reuters summarizes criticism of the global community’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Reuters: Ebola response of MSF and ‘boiling frog’ WHO under scrutiny “A decade ago, scientists would have laughed at the idea of Ebola as a public health emergency of international concern. Today, they are shocked…

American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital

News outlets report on the release of two aid workers from the Atlanta hospital where they were treated for Ebola. ABC News: Ebola Patient Dr. Kent Brantly Says ‘God Saved My Life’ “Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly have been cured of the Ebola virus and released from Emory Hospital…

Ebola Focusing Spotlight On Experimental Drugs, Financial Incentives For Research Into Neglected Disease Treatments

News outlets discuss the use of experimental drugs to treat Ebola and the potential for financial incentives for additional research into treatments. ABC News: Experimental Ebola Drug’s Role in Americans’ Recoveries Remains Unclear “American Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly credited doctors, God, and an experimental drug for his recovery today.…

African Nations Take Measures To Prevent Ebola’s Spread Across Their Borders

News outlets report on African nations’ measures to prevent the spread of Ebola. Agence France-Presse: Senegal closes border as U.N. warns on Ebola flare-up “Senegal has become the latest country to seal its border with a West African neighbor to ward off the deadly Ebola virus, as the new U.N.…

70 Die From Outbreak Of Hemorrhagic Illness In DRC; WHO Denies Ebola Link

Reuters: WHO says 70 die from illness in Congo, denies Ebola link “At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola…” (Bakumanya/Farge, 8/21).

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Ongoing Ebola Outbreak

An editorial and several opinion pieces address the ongoing Ebola outbreak. The Lancet: Ebola: a failure of international collective action Editorial Board “…Although WHO is now leading the international response to the crisis, it was initially slow to act at the high level that was needed. … The crisis shows…

Liberia Struggling To Face Unprecedented Ebola Outbreak

Two blogs address the situation in Liberia, which is facing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak. Humanosphere: How Liberia quarantine may help spread Ebola Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere, discusses the potential risks and benefits of using quarantine as a public health measure during infectious disease outbreaks (8/21). PLOS’s…