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Ban Makes ‘International Rescue Call’ To Assist Ebola-Hit Nations; A.U. Leaders Meet

News outlets report on A.U. and U.N. efforts to address the West African Ebola outbreak. Agence France-Presse: African Union meets for Ebola crisis talks “African Union chiefs held an emergency meeting Monday to hammer out a continent-wide strategy to deal with the Ebola epidemic, which has killed over 2,000 people…

World Leaders Must Mount Greater Efforts To End Ebola Outbreak

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Ebola’s Hard Lessons J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president and director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), discusses lessons learned and challenges faced in the West African Ebola outbreak, writing, “There is…

Mosquito-Borne Viruses Reach Japan, U.S.

New York Times: Mosquito-Borne Viruses Hit Japan and the U.S. “Mosquito-borne viruses are showing up unexpectedly in affluent countries where they have been largely unknown. Yoyogi Park, a popular oasis in downtown Tokyo, was closed last week after authorities realized it was the center of Japan’s first outbreak of dengue…

Experts Attempt To Trace, Predict Ebola Cases In West Africa

News outlets report on epidemiological efforts to trace and predict Ebola cases. Reuters: Ebola map shows people in more African regions risk infection from animals “Scientists have created a new map of places most at risk of an Ebola outbreak and say regions likely to be home to animals harboring…

Long-Term Investments Needed To Survive Ebola, Other Outbreaks

Nature Medicine: Ebola: a call to action Editorial Board “The size, speed, and potential reach of the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa presents a wake-up call to the research and pharmaceutical communities — and to federal governments — of the continuing need to invest resources in the study…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash Issue 49 of the Global Fund News Flash discusses the Fund’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the need to strengthen health systems, and treatment and prevention efforts to reduce HIV infections (9/8).

Information Dissemination Critical In Ebola Response

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: In West Africa’s Ebola Crisis, a Mobile Phone-Based Hero for Health Workers Amanda Puckett, a program manager with IntraHealth International, discusses the importance of information dissemination among health workers in Liberia’s Ebola outbreak response, and she highlights “mHERO (Health Worker Electronic Response and Outreach), a free mobile…

Oxford Model Predicts 15 More Countries At Risk Of Ebola Emergence

Washington Post: Oxford study predicts 15 more countries are at risk of Ebola exposure “Until this year’s epidemic, Ebola did not exist in West Africa. Now with nearly 2,300 people dead from the virus, mostly in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, scientists still don’t fully understand how Ebola arrived from…

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