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Social Unrest In Liberia, Guinea, As Quarantines, Rumors Stir Controversy Amid Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on social unrest in Liberia and Guinea, as quarantines are implemented and rumors spread about the Ebola virus outbreak. New York Times: As Ebola Grips Liberia’s Capital, a Quarantine Sows Social Chaos “…Isolating communities has succeeded in some rural areas in past [Ebola] outbreaks in Central Africa. But the quarantine of an…More

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Ebola Genetic Analysis Shows How Virus Spread From Guinea To Sierra Leone

News outlets report on a study published in Science that describes the genetic mutations taking place in the Ebola virus as it spreads among humans in the West African outbreak. Associated Press: Scientists dig into Ebola’s deadly genes for clues “…Stephen Gire and other health researchers on the ground in Africa had some hope that…More

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Dead Game Animal Linked To Ebola Outbreak In DRC, WHO Says

CIDRAP News: WHO: Dead game animal sparked DRC Ebola outbreak “The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Ebola outbreak started with a pregnant woman who butchered a game animal, leading to a total of 24 suspected cases and 13 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced [Wednesday]…” (Roos, 8/27).

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NIH To Begin Ebola Vaccine Safety Clinical Trial In Humans

News outlets report on an Ebola vaccine human clinical trial scheduled to begin next week. ABC News: U.S. to Test Ebola Vaccine in Humans Amid Growing Outbreak in West Africa “U.S. scientists will begin testing an Ebola vaccine in humans next week, health officials announced today. But it could take 11 months to learn whether…More

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U.K. Advises Only Essential Travel To Ebola-Affected West African Nations

News outlets report on travel warnings made by the U.K. in response to the West African Ebola outbreak. BBC News: Travel ban to Ebola affected countries, U.K. officials say “The U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office says all travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia should be avoided — unless essential, due to the Ebola outbreak.…More

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IMF, ECOWAS Comment On Ebola Outbreak; Sierra Leone Stops U.N.-Led Troop Rotations Into Somalia

Reuters reports on several issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Reuters: IMF says Ebola having ‘acute’ impact on West African economies “The worst ever outbreak of the Ebola disease is likely to lead to ‘sharply’ lower growth in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and raise financing needs in all three West African countries,…More

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2.5B People Lack Proper Sanitation, Creating Adverse Effects On Health

The Guardian discusses the issue of sanitation and its relevance to development and health outcomes globally. The Guardian: Lack of toilets blights the lives of 2.5bn people, U.N. chief warns “The world’s lack of progress in building toilets and ending open defecation is having a ‘staggering’ effect on the health, safety, education, prosperity, and dignity…More

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Lack Of Sanitation Leads To Health Problems In Uganda, But Local Solutions Offer Progress

Al Jazeera America: Unclogging Uganda’s rural sanitation crisis “…Poor sanitation and hygiene are contributing factors to three-quarters of the diseases found [in Uganda], according to Julian Kyomuhangi, assistant commissioner for environmental health at Uganda’s Ministry of Health. … Foreign aid officials working on sanitation in Uganda say the most effective model they’ve found is one…More

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More Than 3 Million Refugees Have Fled Syria, U.N. Says

News outlets report on the U.N.’s announcement that more than three million refugees have fled Syria due to the country’s civil war. Agence France-Presse/The Guardian: Three million refugees have fled Syria, says U.N. “More than three million Syrians have fled the civil war ravaging their country to become refugees — a million of them in…More

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Security Concerns Preventing WFP From Determining Extent Of Food Insecurity In S. Sudan

Reuters: U.N. working to determine full scope of food crisis in South Sudan “Security concerns are preventing the United Nations gathering data from some areas of South Sudan to determine the full scope of a food crisis that could lead to full-blown famine by the end of the year, a World Food Programme (WFP) official…More

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Somalia Heading Towards Second Famine; Donors Must Act Now, U.N. Says

Reuters: Somalia donors must act now to avoid famine ‘catastrophe’: U.N. “War-ravaged Somalia is hurtling towards a second famine in three years that could be prevented if donors increased funding, Philippe Lazzarini, United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, said on Sunday…” (Jorgic, 8/29).

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Misunderstanding Of Sex Hinders Effective HIV Prevention Strategies, Experts Say

IRIN: Does the global HIV response understand sex? “Stigma, squeamishness, and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behavior, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards ‘sex positive’ approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection…” (8/28).

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Antibiotic Overuse Leads To Drug Resistance In India

Inter Press Service: India: A Race to the Bottom with Antibiotic Overuse “In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned: ‘Combat Drug Resistance — No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow.’ The slogan was coined in honor of World Health Day, urging governments to ensure responsible use of antibiotics in order to prevent drug-resistant viruses and…More

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Awareness Should Be Raised On Climate Change’s Impact On Human Health, WHO Official Says

Deutsche Welle: Climate change’s health toll: ‘We can save millions of lives, even now’ “While the effects of climate change on the environment are gaining wide attention, there’s a lack of awareness about the impact on human health. The WHO’s Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum tells DW how both can be addressed…” (Rasper, 8/28).

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