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AfDB Chief Urges Businesses To Step Forward In Ebola Efforts

Reuters: Time for business to get involved in Africa Ebola battle — AfDB chief “West African nations hit by the Ebola virus epidemic will need international help to rebuild for years to come and it is time for mining companies and business to get involved, the head of the African…

Ebola Crisis Brings Attention To Need For Stronger Health Systems

Devex: Should we use Ebola to campaign for UHC? “The ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa has of course been one of the buzz topics during #GlobalDev Week in New York, where global health experts and policymakers agreed on the urgent need for stronger health systems in developing countries like…

Liberia Struggles To Contain Ebola, Treat Patients With Ebola, Other Diseases

News outlets report on the situation in Liberia, where Ebola continues to spread and its health system struggles to treat Ebola patients as well as those with other diseases. CNN: New Ebola hospital in Liberia overwhelmed by patients “On the day the new Ebola clinic in Liberia opened, ambulances waited…

Sierra Leone Says Ebola Lockdown Successful, Quarantines Three Additional Districts

News outlets report on Sierra Leone’s efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak. Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone says 300 sick or dead found during Ebola lockdown “Sierra Leone said on Wednesday around 100 bodies and 200 patients had been collected from homes during its three-day lockdown to stem the deadly Ebola…

Nigeria Clears Patients Exposed To Ebola, Must Wait To Declare Outbreak Over

Agence France-Presse: Nigeria in first step towards all-clear on Ebola “Nigeria has cleared all patients being monitored for the Ebola virus, the federal health ministry said on Wednesday, but doctors said they would have to wait to declare the outbreak over. … Nigeria has not reported any new cases since…

Chikungunya Infects Nearly 30,000 In El Salvador, 1,600 In Colombia

News outlets report on the number of chikungunya cases reported in El Salvador and Colombia. Reuters: El Salvador says nearly 30,000 infected with mosquito-borne chikungunya “El Salvador has detected nearly 30,000 cases of the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya, and has undertaken measures to prevent the disease-carrying mosquitoes breeding, the…

NBC’s Ann Curry Interviews Melinda Gates, Discusses Ebola, Women’s Health

NBC News presents video excerpts from Ann Curry’s interview with Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. NBC News: Facing sobering predictions about Ebola epidemic, Melinda Gates offers hope Gates describes how the Gates Foundation plans to help control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa (9/24). NBC…

Editorials, Opinion Piece Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Response

The following editorials and opinion piece discuss various issues related to the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Nature: First response, revisited Editorial Board “The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has starkly exposed major gaps in plans to tackle emerging infectious diseases. Lessons must be learned. … If…