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Guinea’s Remote Villages Now Cooperating With Outside Health Workers

New York Times: Fear of Ebola Opens Wary Villages to Outsiders in Guinea “…Residents in [this remote Guinean] region have killed local officials proselytizing about Ebola, blocked barely passable roads with trees, and vehemently refused help from outsiders, viewing them as propagators of the virus in moon suits of protective…

Trust, Communication Critical In Fight Against Ebola In West Africa, Researchers Say

Baltimore Sun: Public health experts stress importance of trust in West Africa as they fight Ebola “When public health workers began canvassing West African villages this spring and summer warning of something called Ebola, they were met with fear — but not of the deadly virus. … Residents said the…

Government Partnerships With Private Foundations Become Critical In Ebola Response

Washington Post: In Ebola fight, private foundations provide critical financial aid “…The unpredictable nature of the Ebola virus has made the government’s partnerships with private donors critically important in the crisis response. Working outside the politically charged federal appropriations process and the sometimes sluggish bureaucracy, foundations and private individuals have…

Separate Ebola Outbreak In DRC Declared Over

News outlets report on an announcement that the separate outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has ended. Associated Press: Congo says its separate Ebola outbreak is over “Congolese officials say its separate Ebola outbreak that killed dozens of people this year as an unrelated Ebola epidemic swept…

Mexico Reports First Locally Transmitted Case Of Chikungunya Virus

Reuters: Mexico detects first case of mosquito-borne chikungunya virus “Mexico has detected its first domestic case of the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya in the southwest of the country, the state government of Chiapas said on Saturday…” (Gomez/Graham, 11/15).

Wall Street Journal Reports On Record Dengue Outbreaks Across Asia

Wall Street Journal: Dengue Fever Outbreaks Strike Asia “Though much of the world is focused on the Ebola virus, pockets of Asia are struggling with record outbreaks of a mosquito-borne infectious disease called dengue fever, which has no specific drug treatment…” (Wang, 11/14).

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

New York Times: The Shifting Ebola Epidemic Editorial Board “Recent gains in controlling the Ebola epidemic in West Africa have been encouraging, but they offer no reason for complacency. … Given the changing shape of the epidemic, United Nations and American officials are considering a more nimble response that would…

U.S. Should Rethink Cuban Medical Defection Program

New York Times: A Cuban Brain Drain, Courtesy of the U.S. Editorial Board “…It is incongruous for the United States to value the contributions of Cuban doctors who are sent by their government to assist in international crises like the 2010 Haiti earthquake while working to subvert that government by…