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Improved data reveals higher global burden of tuberculosis

WorldHealthOrganization: Recent intensive efforts to improve collection and reporting of data on tuberculosis (TB) are shedding new light on the epidemic, revealing that there are almost half a million more cases of the disease than previously estimated.

Official WHO Ebola toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000

Reuters: At least 4,877 people have died in the world’s worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much.

U.S. plans 21-day monitoring of people who arrive from Ebola-stricken nations

TheWashingtonPost: Every airline passenger who arrives in the United States from one of the three West African nations hardest hit by Ebola will be monitored by state and local health authorities for 21 days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Nigeria

WorldHealthOrganization: On October 20, Nigeria reached the 42-day mark of having no new cases of Ebola detected and has thus been declared free of Ebola transmission.  

Why Americans Still Shouldn’t Be Scared Of Catching Ebola

Forbes: The United States’ built-in defenses are stronger than this infection. Your risk of catching Ebola is still far less than your risk of dying from the flu, which killed 53,667 Americans in 2010. In fact, if you’re not a healthcare worker treating an Ebola patient, it’s probably zero.