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Number Of Confirmed Ebola Cases Grows In West Africa

News outlets report on the growing number of Ebola cases in West Africa. Associated Press: Guinea reports Ebola death toll rises to 78 “Health authorities in Guinea are facing an ‘unprecedented epidemic’ of Ebola, an international aid group warned Monday as the death toll from the disease that causes severe…

Ebola Outbreak Spreads In Guinea, Spills Over to Sierra Leone, Liberia

News outlets report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Associated Press: Senegal closes border with Guinea over Ebola fears “Senegal has closed its land border with neighboring Guinea to prevent the spread of the Ebola outbreak, which has killed at least 70 people…” (3/30). Associated Press: 8 cases of…

Health Officials Say Ebola Outbreak Contained In Guinea; 63 Reported Dead

News outlets report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which Guinean officials say has been contained. Agence France-Presse: Terror grips Ebola-hit west Africa “Guinea battled Wednesday to contain an Ebola epidemic threatening neighboring countries as fear and confusion gripped communities under siege from one of the deadliest viruses known…

Health Officials Work To Contain Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

News outlets report on continuing efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak in West Africa. IRIN: Curbing West Africa’s Ebola outbreak “As health authorities and aid groups work to contain the spread of Ebola in Guinea which has killed 59 people and infected scores of others since January, suspected cases have…

Ebola Outbreak In Guinea Threatens To Spread To Nearby Nations

News outlets report on the response to an Ebola outbreak in Guinea. Agence France-Presse: African health workers battle Ebola; suspected Canada case “Health officials in Guinea battled to contain west Africa’s first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus as neighboring Liberia reported its first suspected victims and a traveler returning…

WHO Announces 5 New MERS Cases Reported In 3 Countries

CIDRAP: Five new MERS cases reported in 3 countries “Five new Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections, two fatal, were reported today in three countries, including the first one in Kuwait since November and another illness with links to camels…” (3/20).

Guinea Confirms Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak Is Ebola; More Than 50 Dead

News outlets report on an Ebola outbreak in Guinea. Associated Press: Ebola detected in Guinea victims, 50 dead “Samples from victims of a viral hemorrhagic fever that has killed more than 50 people in Guinea have tested positive for the Ebola virus, government officials said Sunday, marking the first time…

Fighting Polio In Syrian Child Refugees

Science Magazine: A War Within a War Syrian refugee children “have witnessed horrors in the course of the war, which has killed an estimated 140,000 people and displaced 8 million or 9 million. … And now they face the threat of polio, which erupted in Syria last October after a…

Scientists To Use Climate Factors To Forecast Disease Outbreaks In Sahel

Reuters: Wind and dust can predict Sahel meningitis outbreaks — scientists “Scientists may soon be able to forecast disease outbreaks in sub-Saharan African’s ‘meningitis belt’ using weather data — and use that to plan early vaccination drives to prevent or limit casualties…” (Mintz, 3/20).