Tag Archives: Ebola

Malaria in the time of Ebola: Alleviating health system impacts during crises

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The following is a guest post by True Claycombe, Policy Manager, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Friends of the Global Fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria welcomed malaria expert Dr. Susie Nasr for a recent webinar to discuss malaria and the Global Fund’s role during the Ebola outbreak in West […]

Frieden, Birx discuss the catastrophe, warning of Ebola in last year

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At this time last year, Ebola had been reported in West Africa for six months, and in Liberia and Sierra Leone the number of new cases was doubling every few weeks. In Nigeria, where a man sick with the virus had landed in the capital city three months earlier and sparked an outbreak culminating in 20 cases, the epidemic […]

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 vaccine, projections, quarantines, impact — a year after a public health emergency was recognized, we’re reading about results

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This week sees the end of a year since the World Health Organization Emergency Committee on the 2014 Ebola outbreak in west Africa met for the first time, and declared the epidemic to be a “public health emergency of international concern.” As of that week last August, the spread of the largest ever recorded outbreak […]

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 […]

A call for sweeping reforms, the plagues to come, acknowledging the damage . . . we’re reading about what comes after Ebola

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The Ebola Outbreak in Liberia is Over – The World Health Organization’s declaration Saturday that Liberia is free of Ebola virus transmission includes a recounting of the epidemic there, including that its start was “deceptively slow.” It continues that the first week of April saw one confirmed case in the capital city, and goes on […]

From an Ebola response to a PrEP trial, we’re reading why infectious disease responses and health system strengthening go together

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Women in PrEP trial feared they would have to leave study if they reported low adherence – This is a story we’ve heard before — several times now: Women are enrolled in a study to determine the effectiveness of a biomedical method to protect themselves from HIV infection. Earlier studies have indicated the method holds […]

Lessons from Ebola: A vaccine fast track too slow demonstrates need to prepare for pandemic potential diseases

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The following is a guest post by Elizabeth Bukowski, who covered the 3rd International One Health Congress in Amsterdam for Science Speaks. The conference, from March 18-21, focused on how science can help prevent emerging infectious diseases, 75 percent of which are estimated to originate in animals. The One Health concept recognizes that human, animal […]

From failed responses to failed health systems, we’re reading about Ebola

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Ebola: Pushed to the limit and beyond: In their scathing report on the failures of the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Médecins Sans Frontières warns that the outbreak is not yet over. “There is no room for mistakes or complacency,” the report reads. “The number of cases weekly is still higher […]