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Angola Reports 37 Dead Since December In Yellow Fever Outbreak

Reuters: Angola says 37 dead in yellow fever outbreak “A yellow fever outbreak in Angola has killed 37 people since December with eight new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the country’s national director of health Adelaide de Carvalho said late on Wednesday…” (Coroado/Toyana, 2/11).

CNN Program Examines Prevalence Of, Efforts To Eliminate Schistosomiasis In Africa

CNN: The snails spreading fever across Africa “…The infection at hand is schistosomiasis — also known as bilharzia — a chronic infection caused by parasitic Schistomosa worms that can live inside blood vessels for years on end causing fever, chills, and inflammation in their wake. … The challenge in controlling…

Many West African Ebola Workers Now Facing Mental Health, Addiction Issues

Wall Street Journal: Ebola Still Takes Mental Toll on West Africa’s ‘Burial Boys’ “As Ebola fades, a mental health crisis is coming in its wake. At the height of the outbreak, West African countries that had no more than a roomful of doctors and too few nurses threw thousands of…

Zimbabwe Seeks At Least $1.5B In Food Aid In 2016; UNDP Raises $60M, Feeds 1M People

Bloomberg Business: Zimbabwe Says It Will Require $1.6 Billion in Food Aid in 2016 “Zimbabwe will require $1.6 billion to combat hunger amid the country’s most severe drought in two decades that’s already left three million people without enough to eat, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said…” (Marawanyika, 2/9). International Business…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Zika

Huffington Post: The Zika Virus Is Hitting Poor Women The Hardest Julie Delahanty, executive director of Oxfam Canada “…The response of the international community [to the Zika virus] so far has been to tell women not to get pregnant. … Are you kidding me? It’s not as if many of…

Rapid Diagnostic Tests Should Be Used To Screen Patients For Ebola

New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Testing for Ebola Ranus S. Dhillon, internist and health systems/policy specialist in developing countries; Devabhaktuni Srikrishna, founder of Patient Knowhow; and Robert F. Garry, professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University and member of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium “…Rapid tests should…

Ebola Outbreak Prompted Guineans To Make Progress On Campaign To End FGM

New York Times: Leveraging Ebola to Tackle FGM Liriel Higa, assistant to Nicholas Kristof and Charles Blow at the New York Times “The outbreak of Ebola [in Guinea] … seems to have led to surprising progress in the movement to curb female genital mutilation [FGM] in the poor West African…