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Building Trust Within Communities Vital To DRC’s Ebola Response

HuffPost: The Most Important Tool For Doctors Fighting DRC’s Ebola Crisis Isn’t Medicine Abraar Karan, global health physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School “My experience as a public health practitioner has convinced me that a lack of trust has become a critical driver of modern epidemics.…

Fractional Dosing Of Yellow Fever Vaccine Offers Immunity Up To 10 Years, Study Shows

CIDRAP: Study affirms fractional dosing with yellow fever vaccine “According to a study … in the Annals of Internal Medicine, fractional dosing of the yellow fever vaccine offers recipients protective antibodies for up to 10 years without a booster dose. The results could inform the use of fractional dosing in…

Journal Of Infectious Diseases Supplement Examines Advances Against Ebola, Marburg Viruses

IDSA’s “Science Speaks”: Ebola studies highlight long-delayed momentum in face of unprecedented obstacles Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer at “Science Speaks,” highlights a Journal of Infectious Diseases special supplement marking 50 years since the discovery of the Marburg virus, and how advances against that virus, as well as Ebola,…

DRC Begins Trial Of Experimental Ebola Treatments As Number Of Cases Surpasses 400

Bloomberg: Democratic Republic of Congo Starts Trial for Ebola Treatment “The Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday began the first trial to test the effectiveness and safety of four experimental drugs in the treatment of Ebola, according to the World Health Organization…” (Ssuuna, 11/26). CIDRAP News: Ebola cases surge to…

IntraHealth Interview Highlights Lessons From 2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak

IntraHealth International’s “VITAL”: Getting to Zero: Lessons on Ebola and Global Health Security In this interview, Jessica Turner, Global Health Corps fellow at IntraHealth International, speaks with Oliver Johnson, coauthor of the book “Getting to Zero: A Doctor and a Diplomate on the Ebola Frontline,” about how lessons from the 2014…

Amid Violence, Suspension Of Vaccination Efforts, DRC Reports 21 More Ebola Cases

CIDRAP News: DRC reports 21 more cases of Ebola amid more violence in Beni “…Over the weekend and through [Monday], the [Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)] recorded 21 more cases of Ebola, for a total of 373 cases, including 216 deaths. Seventy-two cases are suspected and under investigation. The World…

WHO Evacuates 16 Staff From Ebola-Hit Beni In DRC After Shell Hits Their Building; WHO DG Tedros Discusses Outbreak Response In STAT Interview

Agence France-Presse: Sixteen Ebola WHO staff evacuated amid DR Congo clashes “The World Health Organization (WHO) said Saturday that 16 staff members have been temporarily evacuated from DR Congo’s restive eastern city of Beni after a shell hit the building they were staying in. … No one was injured…” (11/17).…

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