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Decade-Old SARS Outbreak Offers Some Lessons For Ebola Efforts

Los Angeles Times: More than a decade later, SARS offers lessons on Ebola “…Before the current outbreak of Ebola virus, there was SARS. More than a decade ago, it blew up across East Asia and spread to Canada and the United States. … The 21st century’s first brush with a…

New York Times Profiles PMI Coordinator Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer

New York Times: The Malaria Fighter “…Since [Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer] took the job [as coordinator of the President's Malaria Initiative] in 2006, worldwide malaria deaths have dropped 40 percent, to about 600,000 a year from one million. … Many countries now use the tactics Admiral Ziemer adopted after demanding…

WHO To Strengthen Partnership With Romania To Improve TB Services

WHO/Europe: WHO to cooperate more closely with Romania on improving TB services “WHO/Europe will strengthen its partnership with Romania to improve the quality and delivery of tuberculosis (TB) services, turn the tide against drug-resistant TB, and accelerate the implementation of structural health system reforms in the country. These were the…

Leaked Draft WHO Document Faults ‘Nearly Everyone’ For Slow Ebola Response; Agency Will Not Comment Until Final Document Complete

News outlets report on a leaked internal draft WHO document that faults the agency’s and others’ response to the Ebola epidemic. Associated Press: Mission Unaccomplished: Containing Ebola in Africa “Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small…

Liberian President Appeals To World To Step Up Ebola Efforts In West Africa

News outlets report on Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s appeal to the international community to step up efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Liberian president asks ‘world’ to pitch in to fight Ebola “Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made an impassioned appeal to the world’s nations to…

Debate Continues Over Effectiveness Of Travel Bans Amid Ebola Epidemic

News outlets report on the debate over travel bans in light of the Ebola epidemic. Agence France-Presse: Halting Guinea flights over Ebola would be ‘nonsense': France (10/19). Al Jazeera: Ebola fears spur more travel bans (10/17). Associated Press: Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned (Werner, 10/18). Associated Press: Obama: U.S.…

Public, Private Entities Continue Efforts To Develop Ebola Vaccines, Therapies

Media outlets report on various aspects of efforts to develop a vaccine for Ebola and produce more doses of experimental drugs to treat the disease. ABC News: Will There Be an Ebola Vaccine Soon? (Besser, 10/17). Agence France-Presse: Experimental Ebola vaccine expected in Geneva Tuesday: hospital (10/19). Agence France-Presse: Ebola…

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…

CDC’s MMWR Examines Ebola ‘Incident Management System’ In Liberia

CDC’s MMWR: Developing an Incident Management System to Support Ebola Response — Liberia, July-August 2014 In its latest edition of the MMWR, the CDC examines the joint Ebola-related efforts of the CDC and the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) “in instituting incident management system (IMS) principles to…