Responding to the Ebola Crisis

Speaker: Michael T. Osterholm

Michael T. Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, discusses the Ebola crisis and pandemic preparedness in light of the recent cases in the United States, as part of CFR's State and Local Officials Conference Call series.

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Five Myths About Ebola

Author: Laurie Garrett

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reportedly claimed close to 4,000 lives, and World Health Organization officials believe the true death toll could be far higher. An international response — including U.S. military personnel, as well as assistance from several other countries and nongovernmental organizations — has begun, yet global concern about the virus is spreading. How worried should we be? What are the risks? In the Washington Post, Laurie Garrett debunks five common myths about the current Ebola outbreak.

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Combating Ebola: What Can Africa Learn From China?

Author: Yanzhong Huang
China-US Focus

Yanzhong Huang notes the limited public health infrastructure in certain West African countries that are currently battling the spread of Ebola, which is a similar phenomenon to that which occurred in China during the 2003 SARS outbreak. Dr. Huang stresses the importance of foreign aid, particularly Chinese funds, to slow the spread of Ebola but points out that dependence on foreign aid is ultimately an unsustainable public health strategy.

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