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Ebola, Other Tropical Diseases Lack Drugs, Vaccines

San Francisco Chronicle: Ebola isn’t only tropical disease with no drug “As the death toll from the Ebola outbreak exceeds 1,000, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies are rushing to create the first-ever drug for the illness. But it is not the only tropical, infectious disease that lacks a drug…” (Lee,…

Size of Ebola Outbreak ‘Vastly Underestimated,’ WHO Says

News outlets report on the most recent Ebola statistics compiled by the WHO, as well as the WHO’s assessment that the outbreak in West Africa is likely “vastly underestimated.” Al Jazeera: WHO: Ebola outbreak vastly underestimated “Though more than 1,000 people have died in the world’s worst ever outbreak, the…

Experimental Chikungunya Vaccine Shows Success In Trials; DoD Funding Will Help Predict Outbreaks

Media outlets examine research toward a chikungunya vaccine. Bloomberg News: Vaccine for Mosquito-Borne Virus Shows Promise in Tests “A novel vaccine developed by U.S. government researchers is showing promise against chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne virus that started spreading this summer in the southern U.S…” (Cortez, 8/14). Reuters: Experimental chikungunya vaccine…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

The following editorials and opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Economist: Ebola: Unseating the first horseman Editorial Board “…It is no coincidence that the countries now affected by Ebola are some of the worst governed in the world. Public health is not a priority…

Important To Protect Health Care Workers In Ebola Outbreak

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: One Lesson for Ebola from HIV: Donors Must Help Protect Health Workers CGD Senior Fellow Mead Over discusses the importance of protecting health care workers involved with treating Ebola patients in West Africa (8/15).

Companies, Governments Rush To Test Ebola Drugs, Vaccine; U.S. Government Funds Company To Advance Experimental Drug

News outlets report on the activities of drug companies and governments to speed up research and development on Ebola drugs and vaccines, including the U.S. government’s funding of a pharmaceutical company to further development on a particular experimental drug. The Hill: Governments scramble to develop Ebola drugs “Governments and drugmakers…

Weakened Health Systems Due to Ebola Could Lead To More Deaths From Other Diseases

The Independent: Ebola outbreak: Deaths from malaria and other diseases could soar while Africa’s over-stretched health care systems fight the virus, expert warns “The ‘collapse’ of health care systems in West Africa because of the Ebola outbreak could lead to thousands more people dying from malaria and other diseases, a…

Fauci Discusses Ebola Outbreak, Response

New England Journal of Medicine: Ebola — Underscoring the Global Disparities in Health Care Resources Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the attention paid to experimental treatments, and the public health effort, community engagement, and assistance…