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U.N.’s Ban Begins West Africa Visit, Urges Communities To Follow Health Regulations

Associated Press: U.N. chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola on Friday during his second visit here since the start of the outbreak that now has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa. … Concern has grown…

11th Sierra Leonean Doctor Dies Of Ebola; HCWs Demand Better Care When Infected

Associated Press: Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies “One of Sierra Leone’s most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said…” (Roy-Macaulay/Diallo, 12/18). Reuters: Sierra Leone’s leading doctor dies of Ebola “…His death brings…

Ebola Cooperation Helped Thaw Relations Between Cuba, U.S.

Business Insider: The Global Health Threat That Brought The U.S. And Cuba Back Together “…The antiquated conflict between [Cuba and the U.S.] pales in comparison to the global necessity to band together during a crisis and work collaboratively wherever help is needed most…” (Brodwin, 12/18).

Liberia’s Senate Elections To Be Held Saturday After Delays Because Of Ebola

New York Times: Liberia Will Proceed With Senate Vote Delayed by Ebola “Senate elections that were repeatedly delayed because of the Ebola epidemic and legal challenges, and further complicated by a presidential ban on large political gatherings in the capital, will finally be held in Liberia on Saturday. Whether they…

Chikungunya Spreads Throughout Americas

CNN: The debilitating outbreak sweeping the Americas “…This was the first outbreak of the debilitating disease [chikungunya] in the Western Hemisphere, health officials said. All countries in Central America have now reported local transmission of chikungunya (pronounced chik-un-GOON-ya), and the United States had 11 confirmed cases of local infection this…

Many U.S. States Unprepared For Infectious Disease Outbreaks Like Ebola, Report Says

The Hill: Report: U.S. unprepared for disease outbreaks despite billions spent “Major gaps exist in the country’s capacity to handle public health crises like Ebola despite massive government spending over the last decade, according to a new report. Inadequate funding, weak leadership, and uneven standards are all putting Americans at…

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…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss Impacts Of Ebola Epidemic

The Lancet: Ebola: protection of health care workers Editorial Board “…Prevention of Ebola in health-care workers is crucial to improve the health response to all causes of morbidity and mortality in affected countries” (12/27). The Lancet: Offline: Can Ebola be a route to nation-building? Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet…