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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 […]

In stories of Ebola survivors, of MDR TB and poverty, of employment and HIV treatment success . . . We’re reading why science can’t do it alone

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“It never occurred to me I was going to survive . . .”  In a video that is part of a West African multimedia campaign highlighting Ebola survivor’s stories to disseminate information about the virus and its continuing spread, a Guinean woman tells of how six members of her family became sick, how three survived, […]

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 […]

Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone, peer support and science in Zambia, and a groundbreaking activist group reflects on a year of challenges . . . We’re reading why affected community inclusion changes everything

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CDC reports on Ebola survivors – As living proof that Ebola is not inevitably fatal, survivors of the current outbreak in West Africa have valuable stories to tell. With the possibility of some acquired immunity to the virus, they also may be better able than others to fill needed roles of caregivers and burial team […]

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 […]

IDWeek: Children may be spared from Ebola infection but not its impact

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While children are “relatively spared” from becoming infected with Ebola due to limited contact with Ebola patients compared to adults, children in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have to deal with a myriad of other problems that leave them vulnerable to other diseases and poor health, said Barbara Mahon of the Centers for Disease Control […]

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 diagnosed in U.S., controlled in Nigeria, and foretold over months and decades past . . . We’re reading updates and warnings on West Africa Ebola crisis

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Health experts’ predictions that a person sick with Ebola soon would travel to the United States and be diagnosed here came true last week, as news from the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday. The story of the man who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, where he was diagnosed with […]