Is Ebola Spread Slowing in Liberia?

GENEVA — Three months after declaring West Africa’s Ebola epidemic a global emergency, the World Health Organization said Wednesday that new infections in Liberia, one of the worst affected countries, appeared to be declining. But the organization also warned against complacency in international efforts to fight the disease.

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World Health Organization warns that while the spread of Ebola in Liberia may have slowed the disease is not yet under control.

Where’s the empathy for Ebola’s African victims?

John Sutter, CNN

  • The world’s response to Ebola is its own tragedy, writes CNN’s John Sutter
  • He argues race and geography play a role in the inaction
  • Kofi Annan: If Ebola hit another region, “it probably would have been handled very differently”
  • The United Nations has asked for $1 billion to fight the spread of the virus. As of Friday, October 17th, it had collected only $100,000 — or 0.01%. An additional $20 million has been pledged but not received, according to CNN Money. “We need to turn pledges into action,” the U.N.’s Ban Ki-moon told reporters. “We need more doctors, nurses, equipment, treatment centers.”

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Kofi Annan “bitterly disappointed” with global response to Ebola in BBC interview

Emily Maitlis in a recent BBC Newsnight interview with Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations, on the global response to the Ebola crisis.

Kofi Annan, the former U.N. secretary general, who is from Ghana noted:

“If the crisis had hit some other region it probably would have been handled very differently.

“In fact when you look at the evolution of the crisis, the international community really woke up when the disease got to America and Europe.”

Ebola Death Toll Rises to 4,033: World Health Organization

The number of people known to have died amid the worst Ebola outbreak on record has topped 4,000, the World Health Organization said Friday. The Geneva-based United Nations agency said the virus had killed 4,033 people out of 8,399 cases over seven months in seven countries by Oct. 8.

The death toll includes 2,316 in Liberia, 930 in Sierra Leone, 778 in Guinea, eight in Nigeria — and one in the United States. A separate Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 43 people out of 71 cases.

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As second Ebola infection recorded within the US myths abound

DOLO TOWN, LIBERIA - AUGUST 24:  A Liberian Ministry of Health worker checks people for Ebola symptoms at a checkpoint near the international airport on August 24, 2014 near Dolo Town, Liberia. The government has been slow to deliver sufficient food aid to the town of some 15,000 people, following an August 20 quarantine to stop the Ebola epidemic from spreading from the community of some 15,000 people, located near Liberia's international airport. The military is stopping residents from leaving the area. Local Ministry of Health personnel say they have sent 20 sick people in the previous days to the Doctors Without Borders (MSF), treatment center for to be tested for Ebola.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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 The world is currently experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak on record. It started in Guinea in December 2013 and has since spread to four other countries in West Africa. On September 30, a patient was diagnosed in the United States for the first time. Thomas Eric Duncan left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in Dallas on September 20. Four days later, he began feeling ill; the following night, he went to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Duncan died on Wednesday, October 8th at 7:51 a.m.

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Rutgers University community members braved the threat of rain to make the 2014 event a success
Rutgers University community members braved the threat of rain to make the 2014 “Walk for Literacy and Health” a success. A major focus of this year’s walk was how to respond to the Ebola epidemic battering West Africa

New Jersey activists including a coalition of Rutgers students, faculty, alumni and New Brunswick community members, braved the inclement weather on Saturday, October 11th to make the G.O.Y.A Project’s 2014 “Walk for Literacy and Health” a success.

Keynote speaker on the health dimension was Dr. Mafudia Suaray, who grew up in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She started her college education at the country’s only medical school in the shadows of  Sierra Leone’s brutal  11 year civil war. Under threat of their lives, her family was forced to flee Sierra Leone in 1997. Nearly two decades later she now specializes in Family Medicine and Community Health and works as an Instructor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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