I thought this would be an interesting resource for members here to know about and follow. ProMED is a moderated list serve that collects and distributes data on outbreaks. Link is attached below. There was a lot of time between the first case of ebola and any notice given to officials. ProMED aims to shorten the time. There are around 75,000 members now.
Link leads to: http://www.promedmail.org/index.php