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Scientists Question Whether Ebola Immunity Contributing To Decline In Case Numbers

Reuters: Scientists ask if Ebola immunizes as well as kills “…So-called ‘asymptomatic’ Ebola cases — in which someone is exposed to the virus, develops antibodies, but doesn’t get sick or suffer symptoms — are hotly disputed among scientists, with some saying their existence is little more than a pipe dream.…

In Landmark Ruling, Egyptian Doctor Convicted Of Manslaughter In Death Of Girl Following FGM

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Egypt doctor convicted over girl’s death in landmark FGM case “An Egyptian doctor has been convicted of manslaughter after a 13-year-old girl died in a botched female genital mutilation procedure, campaigners said on Monday following the country’s first FGM trial. Equality Now called the ruling a ‘monumental…

Blog Posts, President’s Malaria Initiative Discuss NYT Article On Malaria Bednet Misuse

Malaria Matters: Insecticide treated nets, a fishy subject In his blog, Bill Brieger of Johns Hopkins University discusses the New York Times article and writes insecticide-treated net misuse “will persist until national malaria control programs focus less on the total numbers of nets distributed and more on the actual factors…

Increased Resources, Political Will To Bolster Small-Scale Agriculture Can Prevent Food Insecurity In Post-Ebola West Africa

Huffington Post: After Ebola: Why Rural Development Matters in a Time of Crisis Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development “…A food crisis seems increasingly likely to follow in the wake of the [Ebola] epidemic, which has devastated small-scale farmers. Without investment in their long-term development,…

Number Of New Ebola Cases Down Sharply, But WHO Running Out Of Funds To Maintain Efforts

Associated Press: Tide turning in Ebola fight after hard lessons “…Ten months after it dawned on health officials that they were facing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, experts and officials agree the tide is turning, although previous lulls have proved short-lived…” (Larson/Cheng, 1/24). The Hill: WHO running out…

Zimbabwe Sees Increase In MDR-TB Cases Despite Drop In Overall TB Cases

Inter Press Service: Zimbabwe Faces Troubling Spike in Cases of Multi-Drug Resistant TB “…According to the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, cases of MDR-TB nearly doubled from 156 in 2011 to 244 cases in 2013. This was despite the fact that notifications for ordinary TB drastically declined from 47,000…

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