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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…

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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…”…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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UNICEF Conference In India To Explore Sanitation Improvement To Prevent Malnutrition, Stunting

New York Times: Talks in India to Focus on Link Between Hygiene and Growth “Responding to new research that links childhood malnutrition with poor sanitation, UNICEF began a conference [in New Delhi] Monday to explore ways of encouraging better hygiene so children can avoid the devastating consequences of stunting…” (Harris,…

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A.U.-U.N. Team Finds No Evidence Supporting Mass Rape Allegations In North Darfur Town

U.N. News Centre: U.N. mission finds no evidence confirming alleged mass rapes in North Darfur town “After being granted access [Sunday] to investigate allegations of the mass rape of 200 women and girls in a town in North Darfur, Sudan, the African Union-United Nations hybrid mission has said that its…

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Ebola Efforts Begin To Turn Tide On Disease In West Africa, But Continued Vigilance Needed, Officials Say

News outlets report on how efforts to contain Ebola in West Africa are beginning to turn the tide, but officials are warning such efforts must continue until the disease is eliminated. Agence France-Presse: Ebola fight starting to pay off but too early to claim success “The deadliest Ebola outbreak ever…

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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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WHO Issues New Burial Guidelines For Ebola Victims, Calling Safe Procedures Key To Stopping Virus

Media sources report on new safe burial guidelines for Ebola victims in West Africa. New York Times: WHO Issues New Guidelines on Safely Burying Ebola Victims “The World Health Organization released a new protocol Friday for the burial of Ebola victims in an effort to slow transmission of the disease…

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