CNN – Ebola outbreak: Death toll rises to over 140 in Liberia, Guinea
A total of 142 deaths have been reported from the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia, the World Health Organization said.
The virus is still limited to the two nations, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, despite rumors of it spreading to other countries.
Nineteen suspected cases reported in Sierra Leone tested negative for the virus, it said.

Bloomberg Businessweek – Saudi Arabia reports 11 new MERS cases as virus spreads to Mecca
Saudi Arabia reported another 11 cases of a potentially deadly respiratory virus, including the first in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.
Six of the people to have newly contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, were in Jeddah, the kingdom’s largest city with another four in the capital, Riyadh, and one in Mecca, according to a health ministry statement. That brings the total number of cases in the country to 272.

The Portland Tribune – Transportation director calls traffic ‘public health threat’
Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat declared war on cars Tuesday, saying her top priority was providing more alternatives to automobiles for city residents.
“We have a growing public health crisis in Portland — traffic,” Treat said during a lunch jointly sponsored by the Portland City Club and the Oregon Active Transportation Summit at the downtown Sentinel Hotel. The summit is a gathering of bicycle, walking and alternative transportation advocates being held this week at the hotel.

NPR Shots Blog – Dirty money: A microbial jungle thrives in your wallet
You may have heard that dollar bills harbor trace amounts of drugs.
But those greenbacks in your wallet are hiding far more than cocaine and the flu. They’re teeming with life.
Each dollar bill carries about 3,000 types of bacteria on its surface, scientists have found. Most are harmless. But cash also has DNA from drug-resistant microbes. And your wad of dough may even have a smudge of anthrax and diphtheria.
In other words, your wallet is a portable petri dish.

USA Today – Hospitals pushing faster stroke care get better results
Hospitals that make an all-out push for faster stroke care get a clot-busting medication to patients more quickly, prevent more in-hospital deaths and are able to send more survivors straight home, rather than to a nursing facility, a new study shows.