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Sierra Leone’s Last Known Ebola Patient Released From Hospital; Ebola Widows Struggle To Survive In Liberia

Reuters: Sierra Leone discharges last known Ebola patient “Sierra Leone’s last known Ebola patient has been released from hospital, medical officials said on Monday, allowing authorities to begin a six-week countdown before declaring the West African country free of the virus once more…” (Fofana, 2/8). Thomson Reuters Foundation: Liberia’s Ebola…

More Severe H1N1 Cases Recorded Across Europe, Middle East

The Guardian: Swine flu spreading across eastern Europe and Middle East “Swine flu has killed 183 people in Ukraine this winter and is spreading rapidly across eastern Europe and the Middle East. At least 107 people have died in Russia after contracting the disease, 18 in Armenia, and 10 in…

Stigma Surrounding HIV/AIDS Persists In South Africa’s Rural Villages

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Despite treatment advances, AIDS stigma lingers in rural South Africa “…Over the last decade, an HIV-positive diagnosis has turned from a death sentence to a manageable problem in South Africa, due to cheap, widely available antiretroviral treatment. … But the stigma surrounding the disease has barely budged,…

Former U.S. President Carter Hopes To Witness Guinea Worm Eradication

The Economist: Going, going… “…[Former U.S. President Jimmy] Carter says he hopes to outlive the last Guinea worm. Though he is now 91, that is a plausible ambition. All 22 of the worms that were recorded last year have now emerged, and are dead. It is therefore likely that Mali,…