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S. Leone’s Head Ebola Doctor Succumbs To Virus; Other HCWs Infected

News outlets report on the death of a leading physician in Sierra Leone and other health care workers affected by the Ebola outbreak. Health care workers are battling the virus as well as fear from local communities that they are helping to spread the disease. Agence France-Presse: Head doctor at…

British, U.S. Officials, Airlines Address Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on British and U.S. government reaction to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as well as reaction from airlines and Liberian immigrants in the U.S. Financial Times: Hammond calls emergency meeting on Ebola “Philip Hammond, [British] foreign secretary, is holding an emergency meeting of officials and ministers…

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Discuss Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

The following opinion pieces and editorial discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Financial Times: Ebola stirs noise while silence greets other killers Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine “…Maternal mortality and other scourges like it may not fit the typical public health professional’s definition…

William Foege On Vaccinations, Smallpox

ScienceBlogs’ “Aetiology”: A conversation on smallpox and vaccination with Dr. William Foege Tara Smith, associate professor of epidemiology at Kent State University, discusses global vaccinations and smallpox with William Foege, “one of the scientists who led the global smallpox eradication efforts” (7/29).

Liberia, Sierra Leone Declare Emergency Measures To Stem Ebola Outbreak

Three of the four countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa implement precautions and ask for assistance. Financial Times: Liberia declares emergency measures to contain Ebola outbreak “…In a statement, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, announced mandatory quarantine for several villages and counties that have been…

Media Reports Cover Different Aspects Of Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on varying aspects of the West African Ebola outbreak. Agence France-Presse: Ebola discoverer says would sit next to victim on train “The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in west Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he…

Human Rights, Ebola Possible Topics Of Discussion At Upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

News outlets report on potential topics of discussion for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that is scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., next week. Devex: Will LGBTI policy be discussed at all at U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit? “…LGBTI advocates are asking whether the invitations [to both the Ugandan and Nigerian presidents…

WHO, West African Nations Announce $100M Plan To Combat Ebola

News outlets report on the announcement of a $100 million plan to fight Ebola in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: African leaders to launch $100m Ebola battle plan “The head of the World Health Organization and presidents of the West African countries suffering the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak met in Guinea…

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