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MERS Not International Emergency But Risk Of Spread To Ebola-Stricken Africa, WHO Says

Media outlets report on the outcomes of the WHO Emergency Committee meeting on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). CIDRAP: WHO panel: MERS still not an international emergency “Following a summer lull of MERS-CoV cases but a renewed trickle in recent weeks, and amid worldwide worries about Ebola, the World Health…

In Separate Outbreak, DRC Raises Ebola Death Toll To 42 Since August

Agence France-Presse: DR Congo Ebola outbreak has killed 42 since August “The Democratic Republic of Congo raised its death toll from the Ebola virus to 42 on Wednesday as it struggled to contain the second outbreak of the disease in Africa this year. The latest figures include eight health workers,…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Epidemic

The following opinion pieces discuss various issues related to the Ebola epidemic. Vox: Why we fail at stopping outbreaks like Ebola Julia Belluz, health reporter, and Steven Hoffman, assistant professor at McMaster University and visiting assistant professor at Harvard University “…We’ve had outbreaks before, and they show us we’re not…

Blog Posts Discuss Different Angles Of Ebola Epidemic

Several blog posts discuss different aspects of the Ebola epidemic. Humanosphere: Ebola comes to the U.S. and loses its deadly punch Development blogger Tom Murphy writes, “Ebola garners global attention for being a merciless killer in sub-Saharan Africa. But its high fatality rate is due largely to bad health care,…

U.N. Ebola Leaders Speak Out On West African Epidemic Response

News outlets summarize comments made recently by the U.N.’s leaders on Ebola. Agence France-Presse: New U.N. Ebola chief vows swift response to crisis “The new head of the U.N. Ebola response team vowed Tuesday to take swift action on the crisis, saying ambitious targets must be met to prevent the…

India Could Run Out Of HIV Drug Supplied At No Cost Through National AIDS Program

Reuters: Exclusive: India set to run out of critical free drug for HIV/AIDS program “India could run out of a critical medicine in its free HIV/AIDS drugs program in three weeks due to bureaucratic bungling, a senior government official said, leaving more than 150,000 sufferers without life-saving drugs for about…

Ebola Containment Actions Must Pick Up Pace

The following pieces address the international response to the Ebola epidemic. Foreign Policy: Hollow Words and an Exponential Horror Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “…The tap is turned, and water is starting to flow. But the questions in this newly announced war…

Malaria Is Preventable With Effective Treatment, Innovations

In the following two opinion pieces, Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More, announces a Devex series on malaria innovations and highlights efforts to treat malaria among children. Devex: Solve for M: 5 key challenges to ending malaria “…We find ourselves at another watershed moment in the malaria fight, and…