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Denial Of Ebola’s Threat In Sierra Leone Hindering Prevention Efforts

Humanosphere: In Sierra Leone, Ebola continues its spread via denial and ignorance In a guest post, Cooper Inveen, a Seattle-based journalist and reporter for the Awoko newspaper in Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, discusses local reaction to the Ebola outbreak, including denial that the disease poses a threat…

Health Experts, Officials Discuss Control Of West African Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Ebola spread due to ‘relaxation’ of efforts “The recent rapid spread of Ebola in three countries in West Africa has come in part because efforts to contain the deadly virus have been relaxed, Pierre Formenty, a World…

West Africa Needs Better Response To Control Ebola Outbreak

Washington Post: West Africa can’t manage the Ebola outbreak “…West Africa had not seen a major Ebola outbreak and was unprepared. Its public health infrastructure is weak. There was no quick incident response system with a command-and-control structure, and no comprehensive public health plan for a mobile population. … Other…

West African Nations To Cooperate In Stemming Ebola’s Spread

News outlets highlight challenges to fighting an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as nations in the region vow to cooperate in efforts to address the disease. Agence France-Presse: W. African Ebola epidemic ‘likely to last months,’ says U.N. “The United Nations health agency said on Thursday it expected the worst…

U.N. Agencies Establish Office To Prepare For Climate-Related Crises, Disease Outbreaks

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. moves to bring climate information into health planning “The World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization have created a joint office to prepare better for weather-driven health emergencies and shifting outbreaks of climate-linked diseases such as cholera and dengue fever…” (Rowling, 7/8).

Chikungunya Deaths In Antilles, French Guiana Prompt Warnings From France

Agence France-Presse: France issues warning over chikungunya deaths in Antilles, Guiana “France’s health minister warned Thursday of a serious epidemic in the Antilles and French Guiana after 33 deaths were reported in connection with the chikungunya virus…” (7/10).

Sierra Leone, Liberia Experience Surge In Ebola Cases, WHO Reports

Reuters: Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone and Liberia: WHO “Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between July 6-8, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday…” (7/11).

British, U.S. Officials, Airlines Address Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on British and U.S. government reaction to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as well as reaction from airlines and Liberian immigrants in the U.S. Financial Times: Hammond calls emergency meeting on Ebola “Philip Hammond, [British] foreign secretary, is holding an emergency meeting of officials and ministers…

Ebola Distracts From Efforts To Control Cholera Outbreak In Cameroon

Reuters: Ebola distracts from worsening Cameroon cholera outbreak “A cholera epidemic in northern Cameroon has killed at least 65 people and probably infected about 1,300 people in two months, as international attention has been diverted to fighting Ebola in West Africa, health experts said on Saturday…” (Hussain/Mussa, 8/2).