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West Africa, WHO Take Steps To Respond To Ebola Outbreak

News outlets continue to cover responses from the WHO and African health officials to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Associated Press: A look at how West Africa is combating Ebola “The Ebola outbreak in three West African countries is already the deadliest to date with 635 cases and 367…

News Outlets Report On Possible Source Of, Response To MERS In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on the possible sources of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus and Saudi Arabia’s response to the outbreak. New York Times: Flawed Saudi Response Fueled Outbreak of MERS, Middle East Virus “…Saudi officials know how urgently they need to beat the disease, and they say they…

West Africa Needs Better Response To Control Ebola Outbreak

Washington Post: West Africa can’t manage the Ebola outbreak “…West Africa had not seen a major Ebola outbreak and was unprepared. Its public health infrastructure is weak. There was no quick incident response system with a command-and-control structure, and no comprehensive public health plan for a mobile population. … Other…

Global Community Needs To Recognize S. Arabia’s ‘Viral Sovereignty Rights’ To MERS

Al Jazeera America: To prevent MERS pandemic, respect Saudi Arabia’s rights to the virus Qanta Ahmed, associate professor of medicine at the State University of New York, honorary professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Public Health, and a Ford Foundation public voices fellow “…To be sure, where viral sovereignty…

WHO, West African Officials Coordinate Efforts To Slow Ebola Outbreak

News outlets summarize actions and warnings surrounding the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: WHO urges ‘drastic action’ on Ebola, calls 11-nation meeting “The World Health Organization on Thursday called for ‘drastic action’ to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, as it announced an 11-nation meeting to…

WHO Says Immediate Action Needed On Ebola Outbreak In Africa

News outlets continue coverage on the ebola outbreak in West Africa and discuss the difficulty in studying the disease. Agence France-Presse: WHO urges ‘drastic action’ on Ebola outbreak in Africa “The World Health Organization warned Thursday that dramatic steps were needed to fight a deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa,…

Chronic Kidney Disease Spreads Through Central America Sugar Belt

Al Jazeera: Silent kidney epidemic ravages Central America sugar belt “…[T]ens of thousands [of people are] cut down by a new form of chronic kidney disease striking like a scythe across the sweltering plains of Central America’s sugar belt from Mexico to Costa Rica. … Dubbed chronic kidney disease of…

Health Experts, Officials Discuss Control Of West African Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Ebola spread due to ‘relaxation’ of efforts “The recent rapid spread of Ebola in three countries in West Africa has come in part because efforts to contain the deadly virus have been relaxed, Pierre Formenty, a World…

Measles Vaccination Campaign Highlights Health Care Delivery Challenges In Syria

Reuters: Stalled measles campaign shows health challenge in rebel-held Syria “A measles vaccination program in northern Syria has stalled amid disagreement over who should coordinate it, highlighting the challenges of establishing basic health care services in opposition-held parts of the country…” (Afanasieva, 6/19).