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Nations Worldwide Take Actions To Prevent, Prepare For Ebola

News outlets report on actions undertaken in countries worldwide to prevent or prepare for Ebola. Agence France-Presse: Benin postpones Africa health meet over Ebola “A meeting of African health ministers scheduled for early September in Benin has been postponed because of the Ebola epidemic, an official said Sunday…” (8/24). Bloomberg…

African Nations Implement Border Closings, Travel Restrictions To Prevent Ebola Spread

News outlets report on African nations’ efforts to prevent Ebola from crossing their borders. CNN: Borders closing over Ebola fears “The West African country of Senegal has closed its borders with Guinea over fears that the Ebola outbreak could spread, according to the Senegalese Interior Ministry. The closure includes any…

Health Workers Hit Hard By Ebola; Affected Countries Need Additional Aid Workers

News outlets report on how the Ebola outbreak in Africa is affecting health care and aid workers, as well as an acute shortage of workers in affected countries. New York Times: Those Who Serve Ebola Victims Soldier On “…At least 129 health workers have died fighting [Ebola], according to the…

British HCW Who Contracted Ebola In Sierra Leone Transported To London Hospital

News outlets report on a British health care worker who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and was transported to a hospital in London. Associated Press: Official: British Ebola patient to be evacuated “The first British citizen confirmed to be infected with the deadly Ebola disease is being evacuated from Sierra…

Spotlight Is On Experimental Ebola Drugs; FDA Warns Public About Fake Treatments

News outlets report on efforts to dispel myths about Ebola, prevent fake treatments, and approve experimental therapies for use in the African outbreak. The Hill: FDA seeks to dispel Ebola outbreak fears “The Food and Drug Administration has posted a Web page with quick facts about the Ebola virus and…

Researchers Looking For Effective MERS Treatment Model To Test Experimental Drugs

TIME: Remember MERS? Scientists Want Treatments to be Ready, Unlike Ebola “…Right before MERS slipped off our collective radars only to be replaced by the deadly Ebola virus one continent over, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported in July that it had received reports of 837 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

The following editorial and opinion pieces address issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in Africa. New York Times: New Thinking About Ebola Treatments Editorial Board “A radical but promising proposal to help treat victims of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be gaining support among knowledgeable experts. … The…

U.N. Ebola Official Says More Ebola Preparations Needed; WHO Calls Expert Meeting

News outlets report on the U.N. response to the Ebola outbreak, including a WHO meeting set for the beginning of September. Agence France-Presse: U.N.’s top Ebola official wants preparations for ‘flareup’ “The United Nations’ new pointman on Ebola said Friday he was preparing for a possible flareup of the epidemic…