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Experts Speak About International Ebola Response During Kaiser Family Foundation Briefing

News outlets report on comments made by experts speaking at a Kaiser Family Foundation web briefing held Tuesday on the Ebola epidemic.

Army Times: U.S. troops head to Africa for Ebola mission
“…Steve Monroe, deputy director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a conference call on Tuesday that the outbreak is considered nearly contained in Nigeria and Senegal, which saw just 20 and one case, respectively…” (Tilghman et al., 9/30).

Forbes: Why We Should Be Optimistic About The First U.S. Ebola Diagnosis
“…Sophie Delaunay, executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières, said that we know how to stop an outbreak. MSF has been there for every one since 1976, so she knows: Isolate the cases. And even in resource-challenged environments, she said that, ‘the quality of the response is dependent on how rigorous the staff is. You need solid and rigid protocols attached to the care’…” (Kroll, 9/30).

National Newswatch: Ebola sparks will fly, outbreak experts warn
“…In a briefing for journalists on Tuesday, executive director Sophie Delaunay said MSF is currently on an exploratory mission to the Ivory Coast. The reason: it wants to see what would be needed to mount a response there, if Ebola slips over the Liberian or Guinean borders. MSF has some concerns, she admitted, that this may have already happened…” (Branswell, 10/1).

Reuters: Ebola spreading fast, international aid not enough: experts
“The Ebola epidemic is spreading so fast that it is turning into a humanitarian crisis leaving children orphaned, families hungry, and people dying of treatable conditions, top health experts said on Tuesday in calling for more international aid for West Africa. … Ebola infections are doubling every 24 days in Liberia, the worst-hit country, said Joshua Michaud, associate director of global health policy at Kaiser Family Foundation. If interventions are scaled up, the impact could be significant and the decline sharp, he said…” (Dawson, 9/30).

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