Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Once again, “Ebola-free,” Liberia begins three months of surveillance, while Guinea and Sierra Leone see dwindling crisis, continued challenges, and CDC looks ahead

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A medical student in Guinea doesn’t reveal that he was exposed to Ebola when he’s admitted to a Conakry hospital, where he then shares a room. By the time he is diagnosed with the virus, a visitor of the roommate has fallen ill and taken a dozen taxis to a series of doctors and hospitals, transmitting […]

One more reason global health news matters: Ebola reporting provides real time data

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By the time the World Health Organization learned of an Ebola outbreak sparked in December 2013, when a bat likely transmitted the virus to a child playing in a tree, nearly four months had passed and the disease had spread across three countries in West Africa. In the process of the response that followed, information that could […]

Ebola in ancient Athens examination raises question: Is west Africa outbreak making history or repeating it?

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The swift and brutal onset of the disease: fever followed by vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding, and for most, death within two weeks, made the outbreak terrifying, and seemingly inescapable. Even worse, it quickly became a disease of caregivers, with the greatest toll among physicians and family members who tended to the stricken. When the outbreak came to […]

Global Health 2014: Top 10 stories in HIV, TB around the world

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Ebola – Why is Ebola one of the top 10 stories in HIV and TB globally? Because the current crisis in West Africa echoes the history of those epidemics, highlights weaknesses that will continue to dog ongoing work to conquer those epidemics, and has once again shown that neglecting infectious disease anywhere poses a threat […]

Congressional emergency Ebola spending in bill follows, falls short of President’s request, while CDC delineates ongoing impacts of crisis

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While the emergency Ebola money in the Congressional spending bill released Tuesday allots nearly a billion dollars less overall than the $6.18 billion President Obama requested in November for responses to the crisis in West Africa and its impacts at home, the $5.2 billion in the omnibus bill closely follows most aspects of the President’s […]

Ebola: “This is what it was like to respond to HIV,” doctor home from Guinea says

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At the end of last May, Dr. William Fischer was immersed in his work as a physician, researcher, and instructor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill when he answered a call from the World Health Organization. He had been recognized the year before with the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Young Investigator […]

As Ebola gained ground, CDC report on healthcare resources in Liberia’s remote counties highlights vulnerabilities

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Nearly five months after Ebola came to Liberia, three doctors served four counties on Eastern border, hospital hand-washing relied on water jugs, training, surveillance, means to safely bury the dead remained nonexistent Nestled between Guinea and Sierra Leone, the Liberian county of Lofa was, along with the coastal county of Montserrado, an epicenter of the […]

Ebola: CDC interviewing “about 100 people” who had contact with Dallas patient, while saying “the only way to get to zero risk is to stop the outbreak in West Africa”

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As CDC promises daily updates on Dallas-based Ebola investigation, report details investigations, containment efforts in Senegal, Nigeria Promising daily updates on the investigation of the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden expressed confidence today that the disease will be contained in […]

Ebola highlights pace of “interconnectedness,” role of leadership, and what happens when one moves faster than the other

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In remarks last week at the United States Agency for International Development’s 2014 Frontiers in Development Forum, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted what he referred to as both “new opportunities,” and “new challenges,” of interconnnectedness, and “a hyperconnected world.” Challenges, he noted, are exemplified by the ongoing, still escalating Ebola crisis in West […]