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Climate Change, Human Interference Create Greater Threat Of Animal-To-Human Disease Outbreaks, U.N. Official Warns

The Independent: World warned: Prepare for more Ebola-like outbreaks “Outbreaks of deadly animal-to-human viruses such as Ebola could become more likely due to climate change and human encroachment into untouched natural habitats, a leading United Nations expert has warned. Dr. David Nabarro, the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy on Ebola, told…

Africans’ Role In Fighting Ebola Overlooked By Major Media Outlets, A.U. Official Says

The Guardian: Ebola: media ‘overlooked Africa’s role in combating crisis’ “Africa’s efforts to tackle the Ebola crisis have been largely overlooked even though Africans have taken the lead in providing frontline staff and shown themselves ‘better placed to fight infectious diseases in their continent than outsiders,’ according to the African…

‘New Architecture For Global Health Delivery’ Should Result From Ebola Epidemic

New York Times: Yes, We Were Warned About Ebola Bernice Dahn, chief medical officer of Liberia’s Ministry of Health; Vera Mussah, director of county health services in Liberia’s Ministry of Health; and Cameron Nutt, Ebola response adviser to Paul Farmer at Partners in Health “The conventional wisdom among public health…

After 4 Months Ebola-Free, Sierra Leone District Records Case

Reuters: Sierra Leone’s Kailahun district records first Ebola case in months “Sierra Leone’s Eastern district of Kailahun, once a hotbed of Ebola, has recorded its first case in nearly four months, threatening progress made to stamp out the disease, officials said on Saturday…” (Fofana, 4/4).

‘Ebola Prediction Score’ Could Help Screen Patients For Proper Diagnosis, Treatment

Washington Post: An Ebola doctor’s answer to the life-or-death question of who should be admitted for treatment “… ‘The Ebola Prediction Score,’ published Friday in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, is the first proposal for such a system developed according to empirical data from an Ebola outbreak. Based on data…

Tanzania’s President Kikwete Urges U.S. Investment In Nation, Is Appointed To U.N. Global Health Crises Panel

Humanosphere: President of Tanzania lauds Seattle, seeks investments, and dodges media Humanosphere founder and lead journalist Tom Paulson discusses a talk by President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete presented April 2 in Seattle, Washington, during which he urged U.S. investment in the nation. Paulson notes, “That same day, United Nations Secretary-General…

Study Shows Experimental Ebola Vaccine Appears Promising; Large Trial Begins In West Africa

The Atlantic: Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe, Effective “Tests of an experimental Ebola vaccine have found that 100 percent of vaccinated people mounted a promising immune response and incurred no serious side effects, according to results published [Thursday] morning in The New England Journal of Medicine…” (Hamblin, 4/2). Daily Mirror: ‘Successful’…

Increasing Vaccine Coverage, Rebuilding Confidence In Health Services Essential To Protecting Children In Liberia

Médecins Sans Frontières: Liberia: No vaccinations for months has put children at risk “Routine vaccination activities in Ebola-affected West African countries have been significantly reduced since the outbreak began. In Montserrado County, Liberia, MSF recently conducted a measles vaccination campaign with adapted safety protocols. Philippe Le Vaillant, MSF representative in…

Lessons Learned From Ebola Outbreak Demonstrate Importance Of Vaccine Research, Development

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Lessons from Ebola: A vaccine fast track too slow demonstrates need to prepare for pandemic potential diseases Elizabeth Bukowski, freelance journalist and veterinarian, reports from the 3rd International One Health Congress in Amsterdam and discusses comments from the director of the Jenner Institute…