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Ebola outbreak: Senegal confirms first case

(BBC) Senegal’s health minister has confirmed a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country to be affected by the outbreak. Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters on Friday that a young man from Guinea had travelled to Senegal despite having been infected with the virus.

White House orders biosafety review at federal labs

(Science/AAAS) The White House is asking federally funded labs studying infectious agents to take “immediate action” to inventory samples and review safety and security procedures in the wake of several high-profile accidents earlier this year.

Ebola: research team says migrating fruit bats responsible for outbreak

(The Guardian)The largest-ever outbreak of Ebola was triggered by a toddler’s chance contact with a single infected bat, a team of international researchers will reveal, after a major investigation of the origins of the deadly disease now ravaging Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

Ebola Could Eventually Afflict Over 20,000, W.H.O. Says

(New York Times) As the tally of deaths from the worst known outbreak of the Ebola virus continued its seemingly inexorable rise, the World Health Organization said on Thursday that the epidemic was still accelerating and could afflict more than 20,000 people — almost seven times the current number of reported cases  Read More »

Notifiable Diseases and Mortality Tables

(CDC) Summary of provisional cases of selected notifiable diseases, United States, cumulative, week ending August 23, 2014 (34th Week)