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News Outlets Report On Global, Country-Level Ebola Control Efforts, Responses

News outlets report on responses to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including the WHO’s efforts, as well as control efforts in directly affected countries and other African countries. Democracy Now: As WHO Warns Ebola Death Toll is Underestimated, How Should Global Community Handle Dire Crisis? “The World Health Organization…

Liberian Ebola Clinic Attacked, Looted; Country Quarantines Remote Villages

News outlets discuss the attack on and looting of an Ebola clinic in Liberia, as well as other developments related to the outbreak in Liberia, including the quarantining of remote villages. Agence France-Presse: Infected Ebola patients flee after attack on Liberia clinic “Seventeen Ebola patients in Liberia who fled from…

Ebola Taking Heavier Toll On Women

Washington Post: Ebola striking women more frequently than men “As the number of lives claimed by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa rises above 1,000, the rate of infection among women is outpacing that among men because women are the caregivers, nurses, and cross-border traders, health officials report…” (Hogan, 8/14).

Ebola, Other Tropical Diseases Lack Drugs, Vaccines

San Francisco Chronicle: Ebola isn’t only tropical disease with no drug “As the death toll from the Ebola outbreak exceeds 1,000, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies are rushing to create the first-ever drug for the illness. But it is not the only tropical, infectious disease that lacks a drug…” (Lee,…

Size of Ebola Outbreak ‘Vastly Underestimated,’ WHO Says

News outlets report on the most recent Ebola statistics compiled by the WHO, as well as the WHO’s assessment that the outbreak in West Africa is likely “vastly underestimated.” Al Jazeera: WHO: Ebola outbreak vastly underestimated “Though more than 1,000 people have died in the world’s worst ever outbreak, the…

Experimental Chikungunya Vaccine Shows Success In Trials; DoD Funding Will Help Predict Outbreaks

Media outlets examine research toward a chikungunya vaccine. Bloomberg News: Vaccine for Mosquito-Borne Virus Shows Promise in Tests “A novel vaccine developed by U.S. government researchers is showing promise against chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne virus that started spreading this summer in the southern U.S…” (Cortez, 8/14). Reuters: Experimental chikungunya vaccine…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

The following editorials and opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Economist: Ebola: Unseating the first horseman Editorial Board “…It is no coincidence that the countries now affected by Ebola are some of the worst governed in the world. Public health is not a priority…

Important To Protect Health Care Workers In Ebola Outbreak

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: One Lesson for Ebola from HIV: Donors Must Help Protect Health Workers CGD Senior Fellow Mead Over discusses the importance of protecting health care workers involved with treating Ebola patients in West Africa (8/15).