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U.S. Looking Past Ebola To Prepare For Next Outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster. “It’s really urgent that we address the weak links and blind spots around the world,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press. “Ebola is a powerful reminder that a health threat anywhere can affect us.” Ebola sprang from one of those blind spots, in an area that lacks the health systems needed to...

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Gates Foundation Focuses on Ending Malaria

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Philanthropist Bill Gates says he wants to end malaria in his lifetime and will give more money toward that goal, part of his broader fight against tropical diseases that are getting unusual public attention because of the Ebola epidemic. In an interview with The Associated Press and in a speech Sunday at a global health conference in New Orleans, the Microsoft co-founder said his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would increase its malaria program budget by 30 percent, to more than $200 million per year. That’s on top of the foundation’s other donations to the...

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Red Cross team attacked while burying Ebola dead

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — A Red Cross team was attacked while collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in southeastern Guinea, the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control West Africa’s current outbreak. One Red Cross worker is recovering after being wounded in in the neck in Tuesday’s attack in Forecariah, according to Benoit Carpentier, a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Family members of the dead initially set upon the six volunteers and vandalized their cars, said Mariam Barry, a resident. Eventually a crowd gathered and...

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UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

GENEVA (AP) — The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could end up costing nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday. Even as President Barack Obama was expected to announce the deployment of 3,000 American troops to help provide aid in the region, Doctors Without Borders told the U.N. health agency that the global response to Ebola was falling far short of what is needed. “The response to Ebola continues to fall dangerously behind,” Joanne Liu, president of the medical charity, told a meeting...

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Student with Ebola Recovers

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Senegalese doctor says the student who brought Ebola to the West African country has recovered. The young man from Guinea arrived in Senegal in August and sought medical care, but concealed that he had had contact with Ebola victims. Authorities say no other cases have appeared in Senegal, though several dozen people are being monitored. Dr. Moussa Seydi told Senegalese radio Wednesday that the man has tested negative twice for Ebola. But Seydi, who works at the hospital where the student was being treated, said the young man is still suffering psychologically after losing...

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