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Saudi Authorities Take Ebola, MERS Precautions During Hajj Pilgrimage To Mecca

News outlets report on safeguards being taken to prevent the spread of Ebola and MERS during the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Deutsche Welle: Ebola casts shadow over Mecca “The annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca has begun. But this year, there will be fewer Muslims from West…

Cross-Sector Services, Integrated Policies Needed To Address Global Health Issues

Huffington Post: The “Celebrity Couples” of Global Health and Development Leith Greenslade, co-chair of child health at the MDG Health Alliance “Sanitation and nutrition, contraception and newborn survival, girls’ education and child survival, infrastructure and maternal survival, women’s incomes and violence — these are just some of the most powerful…

Ebola Death Toll Reaches 3,338; Cases Likely Under-Reported, WHO Reports

News outlets report on the WHO’s updated numbers of Ebola cases and deaths, as well as the agency’s warnings the epidemic is not yet under control. Reuters: Ebola deaths reach 3,338, but widely undercounted, WHO says “The death toll from the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on record reached 3,338 people…

U.N. Loses First Staff Member In Liberia; Ebola Probable Cause Of Death

News outlets report on the death of a U.N. worker who likely died of Ebola. Associated Press: U.N. says 1st staffer dies of ‘probable’ Ebola “The United Nations said Wednesday a staff member in Liberia has died from ‘probable Ebola,’ while the World Health Organization said it was optimistic that…

News Outlets Report On Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

News outlets publish articles on various aspects of the Ebola epidemic and response. International Business Times: Ebola Outbreak: Five People Infected Every Hour In Sierra Leone, Says NGO (Shankar, 10/2). Nature: Ebola outbreak shuts down malaria-control efforts (Hayden, 10/1). Newsweek: Officials Warn Ebola Outbreak Is Morphing Into a Humanitarian Crisis…

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…

U.N.’s Ban Calls For ‘Unprecedented Cooperation’ To Address Mutliple Global Crises

U.N. News Centre: In Geneva, U.N. chief stresses central role of human rights in global humanitarian efforts “Amid mounting crises, a warming planet, and the spread of contagious diseases, the world is being consumed by ‘many troubles,’ United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Wednesday] as he pressed the international community…

Thousands Of Children Orphaned By Ebola At Risk Of Stigmatization

News outlets report on UNICEF’s announcement that at least 3,700 children in West Africa who have lost parents from Ebola risk stigmatization. Agence France-Presse: Children of Ebola dead shunned by families: UNICEF “Thousands of children who have lost parents to the West African Ebola epidemic are being shunned by frightened…

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