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Private, Non-Profit Contributions Vital To Ebola Efforts

The White House Blog: Hailing the Contributions of the Private and Non-Profit Sectors to the Ebola Fight Gayle Smith, special assistant to President Obama and senior director at the National Security Council, discusses the importance of private and non-profit contributions to efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa,…

U.S. Ebola Response Plan Aims To Eliminate Disease, Build Health Infrastructure

NBC News: Why It’s Not Enough to Just Eradicate Ebola “The new U.S. plan to spend $6 billion fighting Ebola has a hidden agenda that aid workers approve of: not only stamping out the epidemic in West Africa, but starting to build a health infrastructure that can prevent this kind…

Evacuation, Quarantine Policies Influencing Health Care Workers’ Decisions To Volunteer In Ebola-Hit West Africa

News outlets report on emergency evacuation and quarantine policies that are influencing health workers’ decisions about whether to volunteer in Ebola-affected West African nations. Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: Ebola volunteers wrestle with quarantine mandates “…As Ebola-related quarantine policies have arisen around the United States, some health workers are reassessing whether,…

U.S. Seeks Patent On Ebola Virus

International Business Times: The U.S. Government Wants To Patent The Ebola Virus, Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing “U.S. government researchers are embroiled in a five-year fight with the Patent and Trademark office for a patent on the Ebola virus. Though the effort sounds ominous, it could accelerate the pace…

U.S. Leadership Helping Turn Tide Against Ebola In West Africa

U.N. Dispatch: How American Leadership is Succeeding in Ending the Ebola Outbreak Mark Leon Goldberg, managing editor of U.N. Dispatch, writes, “If present trends [of decreasing numbers of new Ebola cases] hold and this is in fact the beginning of the end of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the…

National Journal Examines U.S. Funding For Ebola Efforts

National Journal: Is Ebola Funding One Thing the White House and Congress Can Agree On? “Tensions are high between the White House and Congress following Tuesday’s elections, but the Obama administration is confident it’s found one area where Democrats and Republicans can still work together: fighting Ebola…” (Novack, 11/6).

Canada’s Tekmira To Produce Experimental Ebola Treatment For U.S. DoD

Reuters: Tekmira to produce Ebola treatment for U.S. Dept of Defense “The U.S. Department of Defense has exercised an option with Canada’s Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. for the company to make 500 courses of its experimental treatment for Ebola, Tekmira said on Thursday. The treatment targets the Ebola-Guinea virus variant, which…

CDC Issues ‘Watch’ Alert For Chikungunya In Caribbean; At Least 800K Affected In Region

New York Times: A Mosquito-Borne Virus Sweeps the Caribbean “…[A]t least 800,000 people this year in the Caribbean and surrounding nations … contracted the chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-GUN-ya) virus, a mosquito-borne illness similar to dengue, which causes fever and muscle pain that is sometimes severe. … Nearly 1,500 travelers to the…

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