WHO Ebola meeting to consider altering responses to outbreak

Officials from the World Health Organization are due to brief reporters Thursday after a meeting to review the latest developments in the Ebola outbreak that has killed about 4,900 people in West Africa.

Oxfam: Ebola could be ‘disaster of our generation’

The international aid agency Oxfam is appealing to European Union foreign ministers to do more to fight Ebola; a disease Oxfam said could be the “definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation.”

The chief of the British charity, Mark Goldring, called for more troops, funding and medical staff to be sent to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia – the countries hit hardest by the epidemic.

WHO paints grim Ebola picture, says 10,000 new cases per week possible

The World Health Organization has warned that as many as 10,000 new cases a week of Ebola could develop in the three hardest-hit West African countries by early December. President Obama Tuesday said the world is not doing enough to fight the deadly virus, which a U.N. official said has far outpaced efforts to contain it.

Health officials to purchase biosafety suits; Alajuela hospital selected for suspected Ebola cases

Health officials to purchase biosafety suits; Alajuela hospital selected for suspected Ebola cases

October 14th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica’s public health system (CCSS) is planning to purchase biosafety suits to distribute amongst its staff, and has selected the Hospital San Rafael de Alajuela to receive any adults suspected of having Ebola.   Children suspected of having the virus would be treated at the National Children’s Hospital.   Authorities […]

Progress on Ebola vaccine moving at “unprecedented speed,” 100% effective on animals

Human trials are beginning for an experimental vaccination against the Ebola virus. About 40 healthy volunteers will take part in a clinical trial to help determine the vaccine’s safety, side effects and appropriate dosages. The vaccine was developed and made in Canada, and the country’s Health Minister Rona Ambrose calls it “promising and hopeful news.”

Costa Rica on alert for Ebola; Top U.S. general fears “mass migration” from CentAm in case of outbreak

October 13th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica is on high alert for the Ebola virus and a top U.S. general is warning that mass migration from Central America is a very real threat should an outbreak occur in the region.   “The immediate thing that really keeps me awake at night, I tell you, it’s the […]

After 35 years, Solís government promises help for workers affected by toxic pesticide

October 8th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) After 35 years, help may be on the way for those still living with the effects of the pesticide Nemagon, a cancer-causing pesticide formerly used on banana plantations throughout the country, though details on what that may entail are scarce.   Labor Minister, Victor Morales along with representatives of the Ministry […]

Nearly 100,000 patients face at least three month wait for surgery

Nearly 100,000 patients face at least three month wait for surgery

October 8th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Some 92,000 of 114,687 people awaiting surgery in one of Costa Rica’s public hospitals face a wait of three months or longer before receiving the procedure, according to the latest figures issued by Costa Rica’s Public Health and Pension System, CCSS.   Some 60% of the backlog is for general surgery […]

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