U.S., Aid Organizations Ramp Up Ebola Efforts In Liberia; Reactions Mixed To Seemingly Fewer Cases

News outlets report on U.S. and international efforts to contain Ebola in Liberia, where an apparent drop in cases is bringing mixed reactions.

Agence France-Presse: Aid workers see hope as Ebola body count drops in Liberia
“The Red Cross offered hope Tuesday of a turning point in the battle against the deadly West African Ebola outbreak, saying it had seen a dramatic drop in bodies collected in Liberia’s capital…” (Dosso, 10/28).

Associated Press: Top U.N. Ebola official: new cases poorly tracked
“Authorities are having trouble figuring out how many more people are getting Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone and where the hot spots are in those countries, harming efforts to get control of the raging, deadly outbreak, the U.N.’s top Ebola official in West Africa said Tuesday…” (Muhumuza, 10/28).

CQ News: U.S. Ramps Up Ebola Response in West Africa
“International aid workers say they are beginning to see some early impacts of U.S. efforts to contain the Ebola virus in Africa, an effort being led by the U.S. Agency for International Development…” (Ferguson/Attias, 10/29).

New York Times: In Liberia, a Good or Very Bad Sign: Empty Hospital Beds
“…Around the country, treatment centers, laboratory workers who test for Ebola, and international and national health officials trying to track the epidemic have noticed an unexpected pattern: There are far fewer people being treated for Ebola than anticipated. … Now, new admissions to treatment centers are dropping or flatlining, the number of samples being submitted to Ebola laboratories has fallen significantly, and the percentage of people testing positive for the disease has dropped as well…” (Fink, 10/28).

Reuters: Liberia sees results in Ebola fight but long way to go: U.S. envoy
“Liberia is beginning to see results from international help to fight Ebola as the number of safe burials increases and laboratory testing times drop from five days to five hours in a remote area, freeing up treatment beds, U.S. envoy Samantha Power said on Tuesday…” (Nichols, 10/29).

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