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Health Workers To Search For Possible Ebola Patients In Guinean Capital

Reuters: Health workers in Guinea’s capital to hunt for Ebola cases “Health workers will fan out in Guinea’s capital of Conakry to try to identify people who may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday…” (Nebehay, 4/10).

Understanding Ebola Is Vital, But Helping Those In Need Is A Priority

New York Times: Ebola Virus: A Grim, African Reality David Quammen, author of “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic” Ebolaviruses’ “invisible immanence makes them all the more dangerous during those lulls between outbreaks, and for that reason ecological research — efforts to find the reservoir hosts, and to…

Ebola Outbreak In West Africa Is ‘Challenging,’ Expected To Last Months, WHO Says

News outlets report on the spread of an Ebola outbreak that continues to claim lives in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: West Africa Ebola outbreak among ‘most challenging’ ever: WHO “West Africa’s Ebola unprecedented outbreak is among the ‘most challenging’ for health workers since the deadly disease emerged elsewhere in Africa…

Saudi Arabia Reports 2 Deaths Among 11 Cases Of MERS

News outlets report on the rising number of MERS cases in Saudi Arabia. Agence France-Presse: MERS fears prompt ER closure at Saudi hospital “The main public hospital in the Saudi city of Jeddah has closed its emergency room after a rise in cases of the MERS virus among medical staff,…

Polio Spreads To Iraq From Syria

New York Times: Polio Spreads From Syria to Iraq, Causing Worries “Syria’s polio outbreak has now officially spread to Iraq, the first neighbor of the war-ravaged country to be hit by the crippling virus despite an ambitious Middle East inoculation effort, and global health officials warned Monday that dozens of…

Airport Passengers In Guinea Screened For Ebola; Mob Attacks Treatment Center

News outlets continue to report on the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, including precautions taken at airports and a mob attack at a treatment center. Associated Press: Guinea: Airport passengers screened for Ebola “Health officials in Guinea say all passengers departing from the capital city’s airport must fill out a health…

Health Officials Confirm Chikungunya Outbreak In Dominican Republic

News outlets report health officials have confirmed an outbreak of chikungunya in the Dominican Republic. Associated Press: Mosquito-borne virus arrives in Dominican Republic “Health authorities in the Dominican Republic have reported the first outbreak of a mosquito-borne virus that has spread quickly in the Caribbean in the weeks since it…

Ebola Continues To Spread In West Africa, With Mali Reporting Suspected Case

Media outlets continue to report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Associated Press: Ebola patients await death in Guinea wards “Ebola is so virulent that those who do test positive can only wait to die in a special ward where they are treated by medical personnel wearing protective suits…

Foreign Mining Firms In Guinea Lock Down Operations As Ebola Deaths Rise To 84

Reuters: Miners in lock-down in Guinea as Ebola death toll hits 84 “Foreign mining firms have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some international staff, executives said on Wednesday, as the death toll from suspected cases of Ebola there hit 84…” (Samb/Nebehay, 4/3).