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China Evacuates Workers From West Africa, Impacting Economy

Wall Street Journal: Ebola Fears Spark China Pullback in West Africa “…China’s massive commercial footprint in Africa has grown despite civil wars and military coups. Ebola is a different story. Companies from the continent’s largest trade partner have evacuated scores of workers from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa — curtailing…

Ebola Prompts Food Scarcity, Social Conflict In West Africa

News outlets report on the social and economic impact Ebola could have on West African countries, particularly in terms of food security. The Guardian: Ebola outbreak prompts food scarcity and threat of social conflict “Fears are growing that the economic impact of the Ebola crisis could lead to unrest and…

News Outlets Report On How Ebola Is Affecting Liberians

News outlets report on the situation in Liberia, where Ebola is orphaning children, hampering vaccination efforts, creating stigma for survivors, and causing food shortages. Associated Press: Threat to break isolation in Liberia over food “Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of…

Violence Erupts In Sierra Leone Over Ebola; Dozens Of Survivors Released

News outlets report on the impacts of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, where violence erupted this week over the disease. Agence France-Presse: Ebola riot in S. Leone kills two as WHO to launch vaccine trials “Tensions surrounding the Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa sparked a deadly riot in…

Mali Confirms First Case Of Ebola

News outlets report that Mali has confirmed its first case of Ebola, making it the sixth West African country to be hit by the outbreak. The Atlantic: Ebola Reaches Mali “Less than a week after two West African countries successfully rid themselves of Ebola, another has announced its first case of…

Travel Restrictions Delay Efforts Of Medical Staff To Fight Ebola

Wall Street Journal: Travel Restrictions Hamper African Medical Staff in Ebola Fight “Scores of African doctors and nurses — many of them with experience treating Ebola — have experienced delays getting to affected regions because of flight bans and travel restrictions, an African Union official said on Thursday…” (Vogt, 10/24).

Mobile Phone Records Can Help Combat Ebola Epidemic

The Economist: Ebola and big data: Waiting on hold “In the battle against Ebola, mobile phones could be invaluable — not just in themselves, as devices that can be used to send people public health information or let them call helplines, but also because of the data they generate…” (10/25).

PEPFAR, Elton John Foundation Announce New Public-Private Partnership

News outlets report on an announcement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and singer and activist Elton John on a new HIV/AIDS partnership between PEPFAR and the Elton John Foundation. Metro Weekly: Elton John and PEPFAR team up to fight HIV/AIDS “Secretary Kerry announced that the President’s Emergency Plan…

Health Workers, Contact Tracers Face Challenges Containing Ebola In Liberia

Newspapers publish articles on the impact of Ebola on Liberia, including the challenges facing health care workers and contact tracers. New York Times: Wish to Do More in Ebola Fight Meets Reality in Liberia “…Because of the limited time they can spend in the sick wards in their stifling protective suits,…

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