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Public Health Measures Should Bring Ebola Outbreak ‘Under Control’

New York Times: Controlling the Ebola Epidemic Editorial Board “On Friday, the World Health Organization formally declared an international public health emergency in response to what its director general, Dr. Margaret Chan, called ‘the largest, most severe, most complex outbreak’ of the deadly Ebola virus ‘in the nearly four-decade history…

News Outlets Continue To Discuss Ethical Issues Related To Experimental Ebola Treatment

News outlets discuss the debates surrounding experimental Ebola drugs. Associated Press: Spanish Ebola patient gets experimental drug “Spain has imported a U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for the killer virus…” (Giles/Cheng, 8/11). BBC News: Resolving the ethics of…

Vaccines Can Prevent Next Public Health Crisis

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: How to Prevent the Next Health Crisis Utibe Effiong, research associate at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, discusses the importance of vaccines and their role in preventing public health crises (8/7).

Muslim Clerics In Nigeria Mobilize Communities In Polio Vaccination Initiative

Washington Post: Muslim clerics in Nigeria advocate for polio vaccination and mobilize community “A few years ago, northern Nigeria was a global epicenter of polio transmission, but a program that mobilized local Muslim clerics, who were once opposed to immunization and are now advocates for vaccination, has helped radically reduce…

‘Political Opportunism’ Hurt Polio Fight In Pakistan

Foreign Policy: Loose Lips at the White House Created a Polio Crisis Kristofer Harrison “…Pakistan was well on its way to eradicating polio until the Taliban learned how the CIA operated. … The administration’s shameless leaking literally created a public health crisis. The fight against polio has gone on for…

Opinion Pieces Address Issues Around Ebola Vaccine Development

Opinion pieces discuss challenges and issues around developing an Ebola vaccine. The Atlantic: An Ebola Vaccine Is Not the Answer Olga Khazan, staff writer for the Atlantic “… [E]ven if a vaccine [for Ebola] works, it would be a stretch to say we could confidently use it to prevent another…

Ebola Vaccine, Drug Under Investigation

News outlets discuss a potential vaccine and treatment for Ebola. ABC News: How an Ebola Vaccine Could Change the Next Deadly Outbreak “As Ebola ravages West Africa … officials are desperate for a way to stop the spread of the disease. One possible way to curb the infections is the…

New Dengue Vaccine Available By July 2015, Researchers Say

SciDev.Net: Dengue vaccine is just a year away, researchers say “A new vaccine that can halve the number of dengue cases provides a welcome shot to fight a deadly disease that infects around 390 million people every year in the tropics. Sanofi Pasteur, the pharmaceutical company that sponsored the development…

Health Workers Vaccinate Children In Pakistan, Despite Death Threats

NPR: Helping Children, Despite Death Threats: A Vaccinator Explains “…Being a front-line health worker usually isn’t controversial. But in Pakistan, it can get you killed. The Taliban went on an offensive against polio immunization in 2012 after it became clear that the CIA used a fake hepatitis vaccination campaign to…