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Niger Sees Spike In Number Of Cholera Deaths

Agence France-Presse/Al Jazeera: Cholera outbreak kills dozens in Niger “Niger has seen more than 1,300 cases of cholera since the beginning of the year, with 51 people dying of the disease, the United Nations has said. … The spike in the number of cholera deaths was due in part of…

U.S. Ebola Coordinator Klain Keeps Low Profile, Reuters Reports

Reuters: In Ebola response, Obama’s ‘czar’ stays behind the curtain “…Ron Klain’s low-profile first week as President Barack Obama’s behind-the-scenes Ebola ‘czar’ has become another attack point for a White House struggling to show it’s on top of the crisis. Since starting last Wednesday, Klain has been seen only once,…

Australian Ebola Coordinator Questions Nation’s Visa Ban; Beijing Recommends Home Quarantine For Returned Ebola Workers

Reuters reports on Australian and Chinese efforts to reduce the risk of Ebola entering their borders. Reuters: Australian Ebola ‘tsar’ questions government’s West Africa visa ban “Australia’s newly appointed Ebola tsar challenged the government’s blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the deadly virus, saying the controversial…

China Preparing For Potential Imported Ebola Cases; Piot Says Country At Risk

News outlets report on how China is addressing the threat of potential imported Ebola cases. Associated Press: Ebola expert says China at risk, seeks Japan aid “A scientist who helped to discover the Ebola virus says he is concerned that the disease could spread to China given the large numbers…

USAID’s DART Leader In West Africa Interviewed About Agency’s Ebola Response

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Bill Berger: “There is no book on responding to this Ebola crisis… we’re writing it now.” Morgana Wingard, a photojournalist working with USAID to cover the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, interviews Bill Berger, team leader for the Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in West Africa, about…

U.N. Concerned Over Further Isolation Of Ebola-Hit West Africa

Inter Press Service: West Africa: U.N. Concerned Over Ebola Backlash “The United Nations, which is working on an emergency footing to battle the outbreak of Ebola, is worried about the potential for further isolation of the hardest-hit nations in West Africa. ‘It’s a psychological fear,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told IPS.…

WHO Initiatives Aim To Stimulate Innovation In Effort To Develop Rapid Ebola Tests

Media sources report on the WHO’s launch of two initiatives that aim to develop more rapid and safe Ebola diagnostic tests, which the agency says are urgently needed in West Africa. Reuters: WHO seeks swifter Ebola test to help stamp out epidemic “The World Health Organization is seeking faster and cheaper tests…