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Ebola Impacting Local Economies In Sierra Leone, Liberia

News outlets report on Ebola’s economic impacts in Sierra Leone and Liberia. IRIN: Ebola’s economic impact hits Sierra Leone citizens “As the World Bank predicts billions of dollars could be drained from Ebola-affected countries by the end of next year, IRIN spoke to Freetown residents to gauge how the crisis…

Ebola Death Toll Reaches 2,630 Out Of 5,357 Cases, WHO Says

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement that the number of Ebola cases is growing rapidly and the virus has killed roughly half of those infected. Agence France-Presse: Ebola death toll climbs to 2,630 out of 5,357 cases: WHO “The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected more than…

Sierra Leone Begins 3-Day Nationwide Lockdown Amid Hopes, Fears

News outlets report on the start of a three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone, as the nation attempts to educate residents about and contain the Ebola outbreak. Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown “Sierra Leone on Friday launched a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the…

8 Members Of Ebola Awareness Team Murdered In Rural Guinea

News outlets report on the murders of eight Ebola workers who were attempting to educate citizens in Guinea. New York Times: Fear of Ebola Drives Mob to Kill Officials in Guinea “The bodies of eight officials and journalists who went to a remote village in Guinea to dispel rumors about…

French HCW Evacuated From Liberia After Contracting Ebola To Receive Experimental Drug

News outlets report on the evacuation and treatment of a French health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in Liberia. Agence France-Presse: France OKs ‘experimental treatments’ on Ebola-hit nurse “France’s health minister on Friday authorized ‘experimental treatments’ for a French nurse who has contracted Ebola and is now being…

Airborne Ebola Virus Unlikely But Possibility Exists, Experts Say

News outlets report on the possibility that Ebola could mutate into an airborne virus. Reuters: Scientists see risk of mutant airborne Ebola as remote “The Ebola virus raging through West Africa is mutating rapidly as it tears a deadly path through cities, towns, and villages, but the genetic changes are…

Small Ebola Clinic Opens In Rural Liberian County With 183 Documented Cases

Washington Post: The tiny Ebola clinic that offers a ray of hope for rural Liberia “…The Bong Ebola Treatment Unit is a modest collection of blue tents, connected by gravel paths, near the site of a former leper colony. But when the camp opened Monday, it provided the first 10…

Donating Cash To Organizations Responding To Ebola Best Way To Help

Washington Post: Giving cash is the best way to combat Ebola Juanita Rilling, director of the USAID Center for International Disaster Information “Much has been reported on the Ebola outbreak, but little information has been provided on how the public can contribute to the relief effort. … The most effective…

Blog Posts Discuss Impacts Of Ebola In West Africa

Several blog posts address the social and economic impacts of the Ebola outbreak on West Africa. ONE blog: Ebola’s economic side effects may kill more people than the virus Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, writes, “We need to understand Ebola’s deadly economic and social side effects –…

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Recognizing Ebola Threat

The Hill: Senate passes resolution on Ebola threat “The Senate passed a resolution Thursday recognizing the threat of an Ebola outbreak. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced S.Res. 541, which aims to help address the global risk that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa poses if not properly contained. The resolution…

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