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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…

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…

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…

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…

Blog Posts Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

Several blogs published pieces discussing various issues related to the Ebola outbreak. Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Aversion Behavior Exacerbates the Economic Impact of Ebola Mead Over, senior fellow at CGD, discusses a World Bank report that examines the economic impact of Ebola on affected West African…

Patients Facing Health Challenges Other Than Ebola May Be Unable To Get Needed Care

News outlets report deaths from causes other than Ebola likely will increase as struggling health systems in West Africa are unable to treat patients. Reuters: ‘Collateral’ death toll expected to soar in Africa’s Ebola crisis “Deaths from infectious diseases like malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia are likely to soar in West…

Speaking At U.N. Special Meeting, Obama Calls On Member States To Increase Ebola Responses

News outlets report on a U.N. special meeting during which world leaders discussed the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa and U.S. President Barack Obama called on the international community to ramp up efforts to contain the disease. Agence France-Presse: U.N. confronts deadly Ebola epidemic “World leaders gathered at the…

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