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Liberia To Receive Experimental Drug To Treat Two Doctors With Ebola

News outlets report on Liberia’s announcement that it would receive sample doses of an experimental drug to treat two doctors infected with Ebola. Associated Press: Liberian doctors to get experimental Ebola drug “Liberia announced Monday that it would soon receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug and give it to…

Coverage Continues On U.N. Panel’s Endorsement To Use Untested Ebola Drugs

News outlets continue coverage on the U.N.’s endorsement of and ethics around the use of untested Ebola drugs. Associated Press/Washington Post: U.N.: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak “The World Health Organization declared it’s ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West…

Nigeria Races To Contain Spread Of Ebola

News outlets report on the response to the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria. Reuters: Third person dies of Ebola fever in Nigeria “A member of the West African regional body Ecowas has become the third person in Nigeria to die of Ebola fever, Ecowas said on Wednesday…” (Eboh/Onuah, 8/13). Reuters: Nigeria…

Second Ebola Doctor In Sierra Leone Dies

New York Times: Sierra Leone Again Loses a Top Doctor to Ebola “A second leading Sierra Leone doctor has succumbed to the Ebola epidemic sweeping across West Africa, dealing another blow to the country’s faltering efforts to stem the disease…” (Nossiter, 8/13).

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

The following editorials and opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Economist: Ebola: Unseating the first horseman Editorial Board “…It is no coincidence that the countries now affected by Ebola are some of the worst governed in the world. Public health is not a priority…

News Outlets Report On Global, Country-Level Ebola Control Efforts, Responses

News outlets report on responses to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including the WHO’s efforts, as well as control efforts in directly affected countries and other African countries. Democracy Now: As WHO Warns Ebola Death Toll is Underestimated, How Should Global Community Handle Dire Crisis? “The World Health Organization…

Saudi Experts Raise Alarm Over Mecca’s Preparedness Surrounding MERS

Associated Press: Saudis question Mecca preparedness as MERS spreads “Officials in Saudi Arabia are raising alarm that the kingdom is not doing enough to prevent Mecca from becoming a route for exporting an often deadly respiratory virus as millions of Muslims from around the world converge on the city to…