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E.U. Health Ministers To Attend Ebola Meeting This Week

Reuters: E.U. calls extraordinary meeting of health ministers over Ebola “European Union health ministers will convene in an extraordinary meeting next week in Brussels to discuss increasing precautions against the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Italy’s health ministry said on Friday…” (Scherer, 10/10).

Sierra Leone, Liberia Face Challenges In Controlling Ebola Epidemic

News outlets report on challenges faced in responding to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone, two of the worst-hit nations. New York Times: Officials Admit a ‘Defeat’ by Ebola in Sierra Leone “Acknowledging a major ‘defeat’ in the fight against Ebola, international health officials battling the epidemic in…

Nigeria Sets Tone For Successful Public Health Response To Ebola

The Atlantic: How Nigeria Beat Ebola “At least one African country has been able to fight back against Ebola: Nigeria, West Africa’s largest and most developed nation, has set the tone for a successful public health response to the frightening and often-misunderstood disease. Faisal Shuaib is a Nigerian physician and…

Bill Gates Discusses Ebola Crisis, Global Health Issues In Interview

OZY: Bill Gates’ ‘Big Idea’ on Ebola “OZY sat down with billionaire tech wizard and philanthropist Bill Gates this week for an exclusive interview. Co-founder and CEO Carlos Watson asked Gates to tell us about whether, after investing so much time and money in global health issues, there is still…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

The following editorials and opinion pieces discuss various aspects of the Ebola epidemic. Bloomberg View: Africa’s Ebola and Asia’s Obligation Editorial Board “…With more than 8,000 documented [Ebola] cases and 4,000 reported deaths in West Africa, the epidemic is outstripping international efforts to contain it — and Asian countries in…

Press Releases, Blog Post Discuss U.S. Reponse, World Bank Report On Ebola

The following press releases and blog post discuss U.S. efforts to contain Ebola and a new World Bank report on the disease’s potential economic impacts. USAID: USAID Administrator Shah Travels to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Senegal “U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to Liberia,…

At Global Finance Meeting, World Leaders Press For Additional, Quicker Ebola Responses

Speaking at an Ebola summit held during the annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, world leaders urged the global community to ramp up Ebola efforts in the three most-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Associated Press: U.N. chief: 20 times more Ebola aid needed…

U.S. Health System Prepared For More Ebola Cases, HHS Secretary Says

News outlets report on HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s statement on Thursday that the U.S. health system is prepared to respond to additional Ebola cases should they arise. The Hill: HHS: There may be more Ebola cases “More cases of the Ebola virus could be found in the United States,…

U.K. To Start Enhanced Screening For Air, Rail Passengers From Ebola-Affected Nations

News outlets report on the U.K.’s decision to conduct enhanced screenings of airline and railway passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken countries at Heathrow, Gatwick, and Eurostar terminals. BBC News: U.K. Ebola screening for arrivals from affected areas (10/9). BBC News: U.K. government defends Ebola screening decision (10/10). Financial Times: Heathrow and…