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Nations Worldwide Take Actions To Prevent, Prepare For Ebola

News outlets report on actions undertaken in countries worldwide to prevent or prepare for Ebola.

Agence France-Presse: Benin postpones Africa health meet over Ebola
“A meeting of African health ministers scheduled for early September in Benin has been postponed because of the Ebola epidemic, an official said Sunday…” (8/24).

Bloomberg News: Nigeria Draws on Polio Mistakes to Contain Ebola Outbreak
“…Drawing on the country’s battle to eradicate polio, which is endemic in the West African nation, a command center was set up in the densely packed Yaba district to coordinate efforts between state, federal, and international health officials. The mission: Contain Ebola’s spread after [Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought Ebola to Lagos,] died in the coastal city of more than 20 million people…” (Ibukun/Kay, 8/25).

Reuters: Sierra Leone makes harboring Ebola victims a crime
“Sierra Leone’s parliament has made the harboring of Ebola victims a crime punishable by two years’ jail in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus, the justice minister said on Saturday…” (Fofana/Bavier, 8/24).

Reuters: Philippines to repatriate workers from Ebola-hit West Africa
“The Philippines is pulling out almost 3,500 workers from three West African states due to the Ebola outbreak, the foreign ministry said on Sunday, a day after Filipino troops in Liberia were ordered to go home…” (8/24).

Reuters: Gaps remain in India’s Ebola preparedness, says WHO
“India has been pro-active in preparing for an outbreak of Ebola, but authorities need to improve the surveillance of travelers and raise public awareness about the deadly virus, the World Health Organization said on Friday…” (Bhalla, 8/22).

Reuters: U.S. hospitals overdo Ebola plans, posing new risks: researchers
“Fear of Ebola is causing U.S. hospitals to take precautions that, paradoxically, might backfire, increasing the risk to those caring for a patient with the deadly disease, researchers warned this week…” (Begley, 8/22).