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Group Of House Democrats Requests Hearing On Ebola

The Hill: House Dems request hearing on Ebola “A group of House Democrats is asking for a hearing on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as global health officials issue increasingly desperate cries for help. House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and two other key members…

WHO’s ‘Empty War Chest’ Needs To Be Filled, Chan Says In NPR Interview

NPR on Thursday featured two pieces on Ebola, including an interview with senior U.N. officials. NPR: Ebola Fight Requires Massive War Chest “[NPR host] David Greene talks to World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan and David Nabarro, head of the U.N.’s effort against Ebola, about the current outbreak in West…

Sierra Leone Plans Nationwide ‘Lockdown’ To Contain Ebola

News outlets report on Sierra Leone’s plan to contain the Ebola epidemic through a nationwide “lockdown.” Financial Times: Sierra Leone plans national ‘lockdown’ to halt Ebola “Sierra Leone is preparing a four-day nationwide ‘lockdown’ in an effort to contain the Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 2,000 people in…

As Ebola Takes Global Spotlight, Other Diseases Garner Less Attention

Washington Post: How Ebola is stealing attention from illnesses that kill more people “The Ebola virus has killed more than 2,100 people in four West African nations, and it has left the international community scrambling to contain it. But as deadly diseases go, Ebola isn’t nearly as contagious as tuberculosis,…

NBC News Releases Series On American Doctor Who Contracted Ebola

NBC News: Saving Dr. Brantly NBC News releases a six-part video series on Kent Brantly, an American doctor who contracted Ebola while working at a Liberian clinic and recovered from the disease after receiving treatment in the U.S. (9/5).

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

The following editorial and opinion pieces discuss the continuing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Guardian: The Guardian view on why the Ebola epidemic is spreading Editorial Board “Two diseases intersect in the West African epidemic, whose frightening scale is only just beginning to be fully grasped. One is Ebola…

Ebola Outbreak Negatively Impacting Health Care Systems

Humanosphere: How the Ebola outbreak compares to other killers Katie Leach-Kemon, policy translation specialist from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses the Ebola outbreak’s impact on health care systems, writing, “…[A]s this outbreak continues to garner so much global attention, it is important to consider…

Third Ebola Patient To Be Treated At Emory University Hospital

News outlets report on a fourth Ebola patient who will be brought from West Africa to the U.S. for treatment. Emory University Hospital in Atlanta will receive the patient, after successfully treating two other American Ebola patients. ABC News: Another Ebola Patient Headed to Emory Isolation Unit “Another American Ebola…

WHO’s Funding Impacts Agency’s Ability To Respond To Ebola

Mother Jones: Why the World Health Organization Doesn’t Have Enough Funds to Fight Ebola “With the Ebola virus continuing its spread throughout West Africa — and landing this week in a fifth country, Senegal — the custodians of global health are becoming more adamant that the world is not doing…

Ban Appoints Deputy U.N. Ebola Coordinator, Will Convene High-Level Meeting On Outbreak

News outlets report on U.N. efforts to address the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. U.N. News Centre: Ebola: Ban to convene high-level meeting at U.N. headquarters to scale-up crisis response “Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene leaders gathering in New York for the upcoming high-level segment of this year’s United…