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U.S. Health Officials Attend Ebola Meeting In Cuba

News outlets report on a meeting held in Cuba on Wednesday, where U.S. and Cuban health officials discussed Latin America’s response to Ebola. Associated Press: U.S. sends health official to Cuban Ebola meeting “U.S. and Cuban health officials sat together in Havana on Wednesday to discuss Latin America’s response to…

Global Response To Ebola Working But More Resources Needed, U.S. Envoy Says

Reuters: Global fight against Ebola grows but far from won, U.S. envoy says “U.S. envoy Samantha Power said she will return from West Africa to the United States and the United Nations on Thursday with a message of ‘hope and possibility’ that the global response to the Ebola outbreak is…

Former NATO Heads Urge Alliance To Join Ebola Fight

Associated Press: Former NATO chiefs urge alliance to fight Ebola “Two former heads of NATO on Wednesday urged the Western defense alliance to join the fight against Ebola in West Africa. George Robertson of Britain and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer of the Netherlands, who both served as NATO secretary general,…

China Preparing For Potential Imported Ebola Cases; Piot Says Country At Risk

News outlets report on how China is addressing the threat of potential imported Ebola cases. Associated Press: Ebola expert says China at risk, seeks Japan aid “A scientist who helped to discover the Ebola virus says he is concerned that the disease could spread to China given the large numbers…

Scientific Discovery On Ebola, Filoviruses Has Advanced But More Needed, Experts Say

Nature: The Ebola questions “…[T]he advances in knowledge about filoviruses [gained since their discovery in the 1960s] have also exposed the gaps. Scientists suspect that more members of the filovirus family remain to be discovered… They are also working to understand which animals naturally harbor filoviruses and why human filovirus…

Saudi Arabia Confirms Six New MERS Cases Within 24 Hours

Reuters: Saudi Arabia finds six new MERS cases as outbreak grows “Saudi Arabia said late on Wednesday it had detected six new cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 24 hours, the biggest daily jump for months with officials blaming lax hospital procedures…” (McDowall, 10/20).

USAID’s DART Leader In West Africa Interviewed About Agency’s Ebola Response

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Bill Berger: “There is no book on responding to this Ebola crisis… we’re writing it now.” Morgana Wingard, a photojournalist working with USAID to cover the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, interviews Bill Berger, team leader for the Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in West Africa, about…

U.N.’s Ban Says World Must Stop Ebola ‘At Its Source’

U.N. News Centre: ‘The only way to stop Ebola is at its source’ — U.N. chief “Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [on Tuesday] urged countries that have imposed travel bans or closed their borders in response to the Ebola outbreak of the need to convey a sense of urgency without inciting panic,…