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MSF Says International Ebola Response Needs Additional Coordination, Funding, Staff

News outlets report on a briefing paper released by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) criticizing the response to Ebola in West Africa. The Guardian: World’s Ebola response slow, patchy and inadequate, Médecins Sans Frontières says “The medical NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has launched a scathing attack on the international community…

Ebola Damaging Health Service Delivery In West Africa, WHO Official Says

VOA News: General Health Systems Damaged by Ebola in West Africa “The World Health Organization reports the spread of Ebola is having a damaging impact on the delivery of health services for people suffering from other illnesses in the three severely affected Ebola countries in West Africa. … Ebola has…

French Polynesia Reports 18K Chikungunya Cases; Disease Threatens Other South Pacific Nations, Officials Report

Reuters: Mosquito-borne chikungunya now spreading rapidly through South Pacific “Chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne viral disease, has taken hold in French Polynesia, spreading rapidly and threatening neighboring Pacific nations, regional health authorities said on Wednesday. … French Polynesia, with a population of more than 268,000, said four people had died and…

U.S. Opens Second Ebola Treatment Unit In Liberia

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: U.S. Opens New Ebola Clinic in Liberia Carol Han, press officer for USAID’s Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team, writes, “…[A] second [Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU)] supported by the United States is operational in the city of Kakata, about 45 miles northeast of Monrovia. Built by the organization Save…

Wall Street Journal Examines Ebola In Liberia; In Interview, President Johnson Sirleaf Says ‘We Are Going To Beat Ebola’

Wall Street Journal: New Challenges Emerge as Liberia Makes Gains Against Ebola “…[E]radicating Ebola is proving more difficult, raising the prospect of the disease becoming a permanent fixture here. To keep that from happening, [President Ellen] Johnson Sirleaf and her international partners are mounting a high-stakes mission to pursue the…

Epidemiologists, Gene Researchers Hunt For Clues On Ebola’s Spread

IRIN: Ebola: Where next and how bad? “In the past few months huge amounts of time and energy have been spent trying to second-guess the progress of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Where will the next hotspot be? … Predictions so far have been off the mark, so better…