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Ebola Death Toll Exceeds 2,800; Outbreaks Contained In Senegal, Nigeria, DRC

News outlets report on the new Ebola death toll estimate and the containment of the outbreak in Senegal and Nigeria, as well as an unrelated Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. Agence France-Presse: Ebola kills 2,811, outbreak ‘contained’ in Senegal, Nigeria: WHO “The deadliest Ebola epidemic ever has now…

West African Nations, NGOs Prepare For New Ebola Cases

News outlets examine efforts to contain Ebola by West African nations, the U.N., and other aid groups, as Liberia and Sierra Leone brace for new cases. Agence France-Presse: Liberia warns Ebola may force region back into conflict “Liberia has warned it may slip back to civil war along with neighboring…

European Countries Continue To Assess Resources For, Response To Ebola

Reuters: Europe reviewing resources for fight against Ebola — Italy minister “European countries are assessing what resources they have to help fight Ebola and are planning a coordinated response to the worst outbreak of the virus in history, Italy’s Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said on the sidelines of a meeting…

Experts Learn From Current Ebola Outbreak, Look To Past For Lessons

As the Ebola outbreak progresses, news outlets examine lessons learned over the past six months and from past epidemics. Associated Press: Lessons learned 6 months into worst Ebola outbreak “Six months into the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, scientists say they know more about how the deadly virus behaves. The first cases…

Bloomberg News Examines WHO’s Response To Ebola Outbreak

Bloomberg News: Ebola Is Katrina Moment for WHO’s Chan Hobbled by Budget “When Margaret Chan was elected to lead the World Health Organization, she said the agency’s priority was to improve the health of people in Africa. Eight years later, the 67-year-old Chan is under attack for letting an Ebola…

Ebola Treatment Trials To Be Fast-Tracked; Regulators Allow Use Of Canadian Drug

News outlets report on progress to develop an Ebola vaccine and allow the use of experimental drugs to treat the disease. Deutsche Welle: Ebola vaccine: fast-tracked for all? “Researchers are running human trials on a candidate Ebola vaccine, which, if successful, they hope to roll out by the end of…

More Must Be Done To Contain Current Ebola Outbreak, Prepare For Future Epidemics

New England Journal of Medicine: The Ebola Emergency — Immediate Action, Ongoing Strategy Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, and Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine “…[T]he current Ebola epidemic, which is in grave danger of spiraling out of control, must remain the…

U.N. Reaffirms Commitment To Ebola Response, Sends Advance Team To Liberia

The U.N. News Centre reports on U.N. actions in response to the Ebola outbreak. U.N. News Centre: U.N. General Assembly underlines ‘strong commitment’ to bolster response to Ebola outbreak “As an Ebola outbreak of ‘unprecedented nature and scope’ continues its spread through Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the United Nations…