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Ebola-Hit West Africa Facing Major Food Crisis, U.N. Special Rapporteur Says

U.N. News Centre: West Africa ‘on brink’ of major food crisis in wake of Ebola outbreak — U.N. expert “As Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, leaving more than 4,000 people dead, the region is now on the brink of a major food crisis, the United Nations special rapporteur on…

Experts Meet At WHO To Discuss Experimental Ebola Drug, Vaccine Testing

NPR: Medical Experts Look For New Ways To Test Ebola Drugs “Medical experts are meeting [Tuesday and Wednesday] at the World Health Organization in Geneva to figure out how to test potential Ebola drugs in Africa. In addition to determining which experimental drugs should be the highest priority, the experts…

Uganda Declared Free Of Hemorrhagic Marburg Virus

News outlets report Uganda has been declared free of Marburg, an Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever. Agence France-Presse: Uganda declares itself free of Ebola-like Marburg virus “Ugandan health officials on Tuesday declared the country free of the Ebola-like Marburg virus after completing a 42-day surveillance period under World Health Organization (WHO) rules…”…

UNHCR Faces Increasing Pressure To Assist Displaced In Syria, Iraq As Winter Begins

News outlets report on UNHCR’s warning that a cold winter and food shortages threaten those displaced by conflict in Syria and Iraq. Reuters: U.N. says 13.6 million displaced by wars in Iraq and Syria “About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in…

Quick Public Health Actions Helped Prevent Spread Of Ebola In Mali

Media sources report on the public health investigations and contact tracing that helped prevent the spread of Ebola from an infected two-year-old girl who crossed the border from Guinea to Mali. Los Angeles Times: How Ebola spread to Mali: The lessons learned “…WHO officials helped the ministries of health in…

Governments, Aid Groups Try To Keep Pace With Shifting Ebola Epidemic

Washington Post: Governments, groups striving to become as agile as the Ebola virus “The news out of West Africa in recent days — good and bad — has demonstrated a fundamental challenge in the fight against Ebola: The virus is more nimble than the human response to it. … The…

Ebola Death Toll Hits Nearly 5,000 In West Africa, WHO Says

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement that nearly 5,000 people have died from Ebola in the three worst-hit West African countries. Reuters: Ebola death toll rises to 4,950 — WHO “The death toll from the Ebola epidemic has risen to 4,950 out of 13,241 cases in the three worst-hit…

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