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Number Of New Ebola Cases In DRC Outbreak Remains Low, Consistent, But Violence Challenges Response; SADC Health Ministers Form Joint Ebola Task Force

Al Jazeera: More Ebola patients being treated in DR Congo “Violence and mistrust are contributing to the spread of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But health workers say despite the challenges, fewer people are getting sick and many are now being treated…” (11/11). Health Policy Watch: Violence Against…

Drug Makers File With European Medicines Agency For Regulatory Approval Of Investigational Ebola Vaccine; WHO Notes Fluctuating Pattern Of Disease Transmission In DRC Outbreak

CIDRAP News: European regulators consider 2nd Ebola vaccine “Bavarian Nordic [Thursday] announced that it and its partner Janssen Pharmaceuticals, part of Johnson & Johnson, have submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for approval of their investigational two-dose Ebola vaccine regimen. The news comes as one new Ebola…

Outbreak Of Polio P2 Strain Allegedly Covered Up In Pakistan, Guardian Reports; Former, Current Pakistani Health Officials Deny Cover Up

The Guardian: Pakistan accused of cover-up over fresh polio outbreak “Officials in Pakistan have been accused of covering up an outbreak of the most dangerous strain of polio and planning a covert vaccination program to contain the disease. According to a source in Pakistan’s polio eradication program and documentation seen…

Philippines Officials Announce 4th Polio Case Since Re-Emergence Of Disease In September

Xinhua: Philippines confirms 4th polio case since outbreak in September “The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed a fourth polio case in the country, saying that another child has tested positive for the disease in the southern Philippines. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said in a statement late Tuesday that…