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ECOWAS Leaders Appoint Togo President Gnassingbe To Head Region’s Ebola Response

Reuters: West African leaders name Togo’s president to lead Ebola response “West African leaders on Thursday appointed Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe to supervise the region’s efforts to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic, which has killed nearly 5,000 people, mostly in the region. The [Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)]…

National Journal Examines U.S. Funding For Ebola Efforts

National Journal: Is Ebola Funding One Thing the White House and Congress Can Agree On? “Tensions are high between the White House and Congress following Tuesday’s elections, but the Obama administration is confident it’s found one area where Democrats and Republicans can still work together: fighting Ebola…” (Novack, 11/6).

Facebook Launches Ebola Donation Button

News outlets report on Facebook’s launch of an Ebola donation button, where users can donate money to three charities’ efforts. The Hill: Facebook adds button for Ebola donations “Being able to stop the spread of Ebola before the epidemic grows would be equivalent to stopping HIV 30 years ago, according…

New York Times Examines Risks Humanitarian Aid Workers Face In Ebola-Hit Nations

New York Times: Doing Good in Harm’s Way “…In the anxiety and anger swirling around the questions of quarantine for health care workers returning from West Africa, the quiet heroism and determination of people like Dr. [Rick] Sacra and the organizations they work for can be forgotten. … Other kinds…

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Trials Could Begin In West Africa In January

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. says experimental vaccine trials in West Africa could begin by January “The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) [Thursday] said the Ebola crisis response ‘needs to scale up, get better, and perform faster,’ as the U.N. health agency reported that if judged safe, larger scale…

Canada’s Tekmira To Produce Experimental Ebola Treatment For U.S. DoD

Reuters: Tekmira to produce Ebola treatment for U.S. Dept of Defense “The U.S. Department of Defense has exercised an option with Canada’s Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. for the company to make 500 courses of its experimental treatment for Ebola, Tekmira said on Thursday. The treatment targets the Ebola-Guinea virus variant, which…

CDC Issues ‘Watch’ Alert For Chikungunya In Caribbean; At Least 800K Affected In Region

New York Times: A Mosquito-Borne Virus Sweeps the Caribbean “…[A]t least 800,000 people this year in the Caribbean and surrounding nations … contracted the chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-GUN-ya) virus, a mosquito-borne illness similar to dengue, which causes fever and muscle pain that is sometimes severe. … Nearly 1,500 travelers to the…