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S. African Health Minister Discusses Nation’s Efforts On HIV, NCDs In NPR Interview

NPR: He Fixed South Africa’s AIDS Policy, Now He’s Out To Fight Salt NPR provides excerpts from a conversation with South African Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi, who is in the U.S. for two weeks “‘to meet influential people,’ he says.” He discusses the nation’s efforts to treat people living…

Media Sources Continue To Report On CDC, WHO Estimates Of Ebola’s Spread

News outlets continue to report on CDC and WHO predictions of the growth of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The Atlantic: Chasing Ebola (Elliot, 9/23). CQ HealthBeat: CDC Says Swift Global Response May Stem Ebola Outbreak (Reichard, 9/23). The Hill: CDC: Ebola cases could hit 1.4M by January (Viebeck, 9/23).…

International Community Testing Its Luck By Not Adequately Responding To Ebola

Financial Times: A ravenous Ebola epidemic that the world could have stopped Anjana Ahuja, science journalist “…A lack of leadership has been almost as terrifying as the [Ebola] virus, turning an avoidable crisis into a man-made catastrophe. … We have survived globe-threatening ailments such as bird flu and severe acute…

Ebola Treatment Trials To Be Fast-Tracked; Regulators Allow Use Of Canadian Drug

News outlets report on progress to develop an Ebola vaccine and allow the use of experimental drugs to treat the disease. Deutsche Welle: Ebola vaccine: fast-tracked for all? “Researchers are running human trials on a candidate Ebola vaccine, which, if successful, they hope to roll out by the end of…

More Must Be Done To Contain Current Ebola Outbreak, Prepare For Future Epidemics

New England Journal of Medicine: The Ebola Emergency — Immediate Action, Ongoing Strategy Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, and Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine “…[T]he current Ebola epidemic, which is in grave danger of spiraling out of control, must remain the…

NTDs Pose ‘Threat To All Nations’

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Neglected tropical diseases: no longer someone else’s problem Editorial Board “Neglected tropical diseases were once thought to be restricted to developing countries, largely because climate and inadequate health infrastructures allow the organisms and their vectors to thrive. However, at the beginning of September, Japan reported its…

Sierra Leone Ends 3-Day Ebola Lockdown; Authorities Identify More Than 150 Cases

News outlets report on a three-day nationwide lockdown that ended on Sunday night, with authorities identifying more than 150 Ebola cases. BBC News: Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone lockdown declared ‘success’ “A three-day curfew aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has been declared a success by authorities. The…

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

The following opinion pieces and editorial discuss issues surrounding the West African Ebola outbreak. Los Angeles Times: To fight Ebola, create a Health Workforce Reserve force Michele Barry, senior associate dean for global health and director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University, and Lawrence Gostin, a…

French HCW Evacuated From Liberia After Contracting Ebola To Receive Experimental Drug

News outlets report on the evacuation and treatment of a French health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in Liberia. Agence France-Presse: France OKs ‘experimental treatments’ on Ebola-hit nurse “France’s health minister on Friday authorized ‘experimental treatments’ for a French nurse who has contracted Ebola and is now being…