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Travel Restrictions Delay Efforts Of Medical Staff To Fight Ebola

Wall Street Journal: Travel Restrictions Hamper African Medical Staff in Ebola Fight “Scores of African doctors and nurses — many of them with experience treating Ebola — have experienced delays getting to affected regions because of flight bans and travel restrictions, an African Union official said on Thursday…” (Vogt, 10/24).

Microsoft Co-Founder Pledges At Least $100M For West African Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s pledge of at least $100 million for Ebola efforts in West Africa. CNBC: Paul Allen pledges $100 million to fight Ebola (Mangan, 10/23). Fortune: The tech exec who’s trying to destroy Ebola (Snyder, 10/23). Los Angeles Times: Billionaire Paul Allen pledges at…

Mobile Phone Records Can Help Combat Ebola Epidemic

The Economist: Ebola and big data: Waiting on hold “In the battle against Ebola, mobile phones could be invaluable — not just in themselves, as devices that can be used to send people public health information or let them call helplines, but also because of the data they generate…” (10/25).

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Ebola Epidemic

The following editorials and opinion pieces address issues surrounding the Ebola epidemic. New York Times: Beyond Screening for Ebola Editorial Board “The new monitoring rules to be placed on travelers coming into the United States from three Ebola-affected countries in West Africa form a smart and workable response to a…

Number Of Ebola Cases Approaches 10,000, Deaths 5,000, WHO Reports

News outlets report on the latest number of Ebola cases (9,936) and deaths (4,877) reported by the WHO. Agence France-Presse: Number of Ebola cases nears 10,000 “The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organization said, as the scramble to find…

President Obama ‘Cautiously More Optimistic’ About Stopping Ebola In U.S.

News outlets report on President Obama’s statement on Wednesday expressing cautious optimism regarding the Ebola situation in the United States. Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama: Ebola gave ‘trial run’ for worse epidemic “President Barack Obama says he’s cautiously more optimistic about the Ebola situation in the U.S., and that the virus…

Role Of New U.S. Ebola Coordinator Remains Unclear, News Sources Report

News outlets examine the role of the new U.S. Ebola coordinator. Devex: Obama’s new Ebola czar — and what it means for U.S. aid work on the ground “…With a background in law and politics, [Ron] Klain will manage the U.S. response to [Ebola]. But what does the role mean…

Australia Weighing Personal Request From Obama To Send Ebola Medical Team To West Africa

Associated Press: Australia weighs U.S. request for Ebola Africa team “Australia’s prime minister said Thursday he was considering a personal request from President Barack Obama to send a medical team to Africa to fight Ebola, but that priority remains responding to an outbreak in the Asia-Pacific region…” (McGuirk, 10/23).

A.U. Head To Visit Ebola-Hit West African Nations

Agence France-Presse: Africa Union chief to visit Ebola-hit nations “African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will travel to three West African nations worst hit by the Ebola crisis, one of the most senior officials to do so since the outbreak, her spokesman said Wednesday. A.U. Commission chair Dlamini-Zuma will visit Guinea,…