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Kerry Calls On International Community To ‘Step Up’ Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s calls for increased international efforts to contain Ebola made Wednesday during a press conference. Agence France-Presse: Kerry urges all nations to boost Ebola fight “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued an ‘urgent plea’ Wednesday to all nations to step…

White House Announces Enhanced Ebola Screening At Five U.S. Airports

News outlets report on the White House announcement that increased screening for Ebola will be put in place at five major U.S. airports for those arriving from the West African countries hardest hit by the virus. The Hill: WH: Ebola screening will reach 94 percent arriving in U.S. from West…

Ebola Unlikely To Become Airborne, CDC, WHO Say

News outlets report on the public’s skepticism over the transmission of Ebola virus. Both the CDC and WHO have issued statements clarifying how the virus does and does not spread, saying the virus is unlikely to become airborne. Financial Times: Experts reject fears Ebola could become airborne “Virologists rejected suggestions…

U.S. Health Officials Move To Calm Fears Over Ebola As Epidemic Becomes Political Issue

News outlets report on U.S. health officials’ efforts to reduce fears of a widespread Ebola outbreak after a Texas hospital isolated the first Ebola patient in the country and how the Ebola epidemic is becoming a U.S. domestic political issue ahead of the November mid-term elections. Associated Press: Health officials:…

U.S.-India Partnership Must Include Engagement In Public Health

Huffington Post: Fulfilling the U.S. and India’s Extraordinary Promise Through Public Health Akash Goel, resident physician in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to the United States has ushered in a wave of newly found interest and enthusiasm in U.S.-India engagement. There…

Global Agenda Must Integrate Mental Health

Washington Post: Global agenda must include mental health Annie Sovcik, director of the Washington office of the Center for Victims of Torture “Access to mental health and psychosocial support must be an integral part of the global health agenda. … Global leaders recently convened in Washington to advance the Global…

PLOS Blog Post Discusses NTDs As Global Health Threats

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Global Health Security and the NTDs “Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS NTDs, comments on President Obama’s call for global action to prepare for future disease outbreaks and to treat biological threats as issues of national and global security…” (9/29).

Smallpox, Anthrax Biosafety Scares Are Troubling

Foreign Policy: It’s 10 o’Clock — Do You Know Where Your Bubonic Plague Is? Laurie Garrett, journalist and senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “The revelation that smallpox vials have gone unnoticed inside the NIH for more than half a century is gobsmacking. … [I]t…