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Rwanda Tests Possible Ebola Case; Nigeria Confirms Additional Case

News outlets continue to report on the Ebola outbreak, noting a possible case in Rwanda and the ongoing outbreak in Nigeria. Agence France-Presse: Rwanda’s health ministry says tests possible Ebola case “Rwanda has placed a German student with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation, and was waiting for test results checking for…

News Outlets Continue To Discuss Ethical Issues Related To Experimental Ebola Treatment

News outlets discuss the debates surrounding experimental Ebola drugs. Associated Press: Spanish Ebola patient gets experimental drug “Spain has imported a U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for the killer virus…” (Giles/Cheng, 8/11). BBC News: Resolving the ethics of…

Ebola ‘Patient Zero’ Likely 2-Year-Old African Boy, Researchers Suspect

New York Times: Tracing Ebola’s Breakout to an African 2-Year-Old “Patient Zero in the Ebola outbreak, researchers suspect, was a 2-year-old boy who died on Dec. 6, just a few days after falling ill in a village in Guéckédou, in southeastern Guinea…” (Grady/Fink, 8/9).

News Outlets Cover Latest Ebola-Related Developments On The Ground In West Africa

News outlets report on the impact of and responses to the Ebola outbreak on the ground in West Africa. New York Times: ‘Don’t Touch the Walls': Ebola Fears Infect an African Hospital “So many patients, nurses, and health workers have died in the government hospital that many people in this…

National Journal Examines Differences Between Current, Past Ebola Outbreaks

National Journal: Four Reasons Why This Ebola Outbreak Is Different “There have been about 30 recorded outbreaks of the Ebola virus in the last four decades, but none have come close to this magnitude. ‘This is something we have not seen to this extent before,’ CDC Director Thomas Frieden told…

Vaccines Can Prevent Next Public Health Crisis

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: How to Prevent the Next Health Crisis Utibe Effiong, research associate at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, discusses the importance of vaccines and their role in preventing public health crises (8/7).

Opinion Pieces Discuss Reactions To Ebola Outbreak

The following two opinion pieces discuss reactions to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. New York Times: Fighting Ebola for Us All Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “…[T]his Ebola outbreak underscores why we have not only a humanitarian interest in addressing global health, but also a national interest in…