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Social Unrest In Liberia, Guinea, As Quarantines, Rumors Stir Controversy Amid Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on social unrest in Liberia and Guinea, as quarantines are implemented and rumors spread about the Ebola virus outbreak. New York Times: As Ebola Grips Liberia’s Capital, a Quarantine Sows Social Chaos “…Isolating communities has succeeded in some rural areas in past [Ebola] outbreaks in Central Africa.…

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Ebola Genetic Analysis Shows How Virus Spread From Guinea To Sierra Leone

News outlets report on a study published in Science that describes the genetic mutations taking place in the Ebola virus as it spreads among humans in the West African outbreak. Associated Press: Scientists dig into Ebola’s deadly genes for clues “…Stephen Gire and other health researchers on the ground in…

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Emory Infectious Diseases Expert Discusses Ebola Treatment In Interview

Scientific American: Ebola Doctor Reveals How Infected Americans Were Cured “…Bruce Ribner, medical director of [Emory University Hospital's] Infectious Disease Unit, sat down with Scientific American to explain how the two Americans were cared for, the lessons that could be applied to help patients across Africa, and why the hysteria…

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Activists Upset Over Ugandan Law Criminalizing HIV Transmission

VOA News: HIV Prevention Act Angers Ugandan AIDS Activists “Uganda’s president recently signed the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act into law. The bill criminalizes the transmission of HIV and also enforces mandatory testing. Such provisions have upset activists who want to de-stigmatize Uganda’s HIV-positive community…” (Paulat, 8/27).

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New York Times Publishes Letters To The Editor In Response To Its Ebola Coverage

New York Times: In Ebola Crisis, Hope and Heroism Multiple authors The New York Times presents several letters to the editor in response to the newspaper’s coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The authors address issues surrounding the treatment of Ebola patients, including the use of ZMapp and…

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Scientists Meet To Discuss Efforts To Find HIV Cure

Humanosphere: Beyond the Berlin patient — seeking a cure for HIV/AIDS Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere, writes about the Conference on Cell & Gene Therapy for HIV Cure that took place in Seattle this week. He discusses several different approaches scientists are taking in their efforts to…

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News Outlets Report On Ebola Outbreak Developments, Including Treatment Of Infected HCWs

News outlets report on developments surrounding the Ebola outbreak in Africa, including the treatment of infected health care workers. ABC News: Ebola-Stricken Countries Scramble to Build Treatment Centers “Aid groups in West Africa are scrambling to build treatment centers for the growing number of Ebola patients in the region. The…

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WHO Shuts Lab In Sierra Leone After Employee Contracts Ebola; Worker Flown To Germany For Treatment

News outlets report on the WHO’s actions to improve safety for its employees and contractors working in African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, as the first WHO employee infected with Ebola arrives in Germany for treatment. New York Times: WHO Moves Team in Sierra Leone After a Medical Worker…

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Sand Fly Discovery Could Lead To Innovative Methods To Fight Leishmaniasis

New York Times: Clues in a Disease Spreader’s Reaction “…According to research recently published in the journal Parasites and Vectors, the Leishmania parasite affords infected sand flies some immunity against bacterial disease. In other words, what humans experience as a pathogenic invader acts as a probiotic protector for flies –…

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Conspiracy Theories Complicate Ebola Outbreak But Might Help Those Affected ‘Regain Psychological Equilibrium’

New York Times: Fighting Ebola, and the Conspiracy Theories Brendan Nyhan, assistant professor of government at Dartmouth College “…The latest example of the dangers of health misinformation comes from Western Africa, where the response to an Ebola outbreak in four countries has been hampered by conspiracy theories about its causes…

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