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Cuba’s Response To Ebola Outbreak Receives Attention, Praise

News outlets report on Cuba’s contributions to Ebola efforts in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Cuban response to Ebola outbreak helps thaw relations with U.S. “Cuba’s contribution of hundreds of doctors and nurses to fight Ebola puts the island at the forefront of the international response and is even thawing relations…

Number Of Chagas Cases Grows In U.S.

FOX News Latino: 300,000 people in U.S. have Chagas disease as country unsure how to deal with growing threat “…Chagas — along with its cousins dengue fever and the chikungunya virus — is a disease found mainly in Latin America, but is starting to gain a foothold in the U.S.…

Cuba Urges International Community To Further Engage In Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on a regional summit on Ebola held in Cuba on Monday, as well as Cuba’s efforts to address Ebola in West Africa. Al Jazeera: Cuba punches above its weight in Ebola fight “Cuba offered to collaborate with the United States to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa…

Jamaica Declares ‘National Emergency’ Over Chikungunya Outbreak

Telesur: Jamaica Declares State of Emergency over Chikungunya Virus “Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller announced that the island nation is in a ‘national emergency’ this week over the outbreak of chikungunya…” (10/19).

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Ebola Outbreak

The following editorials and opinion pieces discuss various aspects of the ongoing Ebola outbreak. New York Times: Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola Editorial Board “Cuba is an impoverished island that remains largely cut off from the world … Yet, having pledged to deploy hundreds of medical professionals to the front…

Brazilian Authorities Make Arrests Related To Illegal Abortion Clinics

New York Times: Brazil Cracks Down on Illegal Abortion Clinics “The police in Rio de Janeiro said on Tuesday that they had arrested more than 50 people suspected of working in clandestine abortion clinics. Abortion is illegal in Brazil in most circumstances, allowed only when the woman’s life is in…

Blog Post Discusses Ecuador’s Elimination Of Onchocerciasis

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Ecuador Eliminates Onchocerciasis Julie Jacobson, senior program officer for infectious diseases in the foundation’s global health program, discusses the elimination of onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, in Ecuador, as well as efforts to address other neglected tropical diseases (10/14).

Cuba Sends Scores Of HCWs To West Africa, Outpacing Some Larger Nations

Wall Street Journal: Cuban Doctors at the Forefront of Ebola Battle in Africa “With risks growing that Ebola could flare on foreign shores, the U.S. is calling for nations to dispatch doctors and nurses to West Africa, where thousands of lives are on the line. Few have heeded the call,…