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(Daily Mail) A fourth doctor has died of Ebola in Sierra Leone after a failed bid to transfer her abroad for treatment. Dr Olivet Buck died last night hours after the World Health Organisation said it could not help medically evacuate her to Germany.
(Reuters) The United States said on Friday it would train Liberia's security forces to assist in isolation operations to tackle an Ebola epidemic ravaging the West African nation, after a boy was killed when soldiers opened fire on a protest last month.
(Reuters) The African Development Bank (AfDB) told West African countries hardest hit by an Ebola epidemic they were willing to give $150 million to help balance their public finances, but they must first show they are doing everything possible to improve their health systems. Economic growth in Liberia and Sierra Leone could decline by almost 3.5 percentage points and Guinea 1 percentage point, exposing financing gaps totaling $100 million to $130 million in each of the three countries, the IMF said on Thursday.
(Discovery.com) Health care workers can be at risk of contracting the Ebola virus during removal of their protective suits, doctors warn.
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(KETV Omaha) After a full week of treatment for the Ebola virus in the biocontainment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Rick Sacra’s appetite is finally coming back. “He really wanted some ice cream,” said Debbie Sacra, Rich Sacra’s wife… Doctors caring for Sacra said they wanted him to start taking in at least 1,000 calories a day by mouth. With that pint of ice cream checking in at just over 1,100 calories, he might easily reach that goal… Debbie also said her husband’s personality is coming back.
(AFP) Two American doctors sickened by Ebola have been given blood transfusions from survivors, a technique the World Health Organization advocates … The notion of using blood transfusions from survivors may seem like a quick and low-cost option for the West Africa outbreak… But in practice, there are risks, according to Francois Bricaire, former head of infectious and tropical diseases at the Pitie Salpetriere Hospital in Paris. "You have to make sure the serum is safe to use first, to avoid spreading HIV or hepatitis," he said.
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First person in UK trial to get experimental Ebola shot this week
(Reuters) The first human volunteer in a fast-tracked British safety trial of an experimental vaccine to fight Ebola is to be injected with the shot [this] week, organizers of the trial said on Friday. The candidate Ebola vaccine is being co-developed by the United States National Institutes of Health and the British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L).
(AFP) Despite its evil reputation, Ebola breaks out only rarely in brief if murderous spurts in impoverished African countries. That tiny -- and poor -- market means the disease has been a very low priority for Big Pharma, given the hundreds of millions of dollars it can take to devise a new drug or vaccine. Today, after years of low-key progress with the Pentagon as main funder, the search for vaccines and drugs for Ebola has been thrown into higher gear and, for now, the profit factor has been put to one side.
Community: Maybe the profit motive in pharmaceuticals isn’t such a good thing.

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