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China Reports Second Death From H10N8 Bird Flu Strain

New York Times: China Reports Another Case of New Bird Flu Strain “Chinese officials have said a new strain of avian influenza, H10N8, has killed another person, according to a report on Friday by Xinhua, the state news agency. The victim was a 75-year-old man living in Nanchang, the capital…

Disease Risk High Among Displaced People In Philippines

Wall Street Journal: Disease Risk Spreads as Philippine Evacuees Linger On “…[T]housands of people [are] displaced by a bloody stand-off between Philippine government forces and a faction of the rebel Islamic group, the Moro National Liberation Front. The weeks-long battle that took place last September displaced more than 100,000 people…

Global Community Increasing Efforts To Stop Spread Of Drug-Resistant Malaria In SE Asia

IRIN: Stepping up the fight against drug-resistant malaria in SE Asia “Efforts are being scaled up to stem a further spread of drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia. ‘The emergence of resistance … threatens worldwide malaria control and treatment since there is no alternative to [artemisinin] if its efficacy decreases further…

Dengue Cases High In SE Asia As Summer Season Nears

The Global Dispatch reports on the dengue fever outbreaks occurring in Southeast Asia. Global Dispatch: Dengue fever outbreak warning issued as Thailand nears summer season “After recording 153,000 dengue fever cases in 2013, the most in two decades, the Thailand Ministry of Health is sending out a warning of a…

Number Of Smokers Increased Worldwide, With China Leading, Study Shows

News outlets examine the results of a new study released by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, titled “Smoking Prevalence and Cigarette Consumption in 187 Countries, 1980-2012.” Results show that China, in particular, has seen a rise in its number of smokers. U.S. News & World…

Timor-Leste Launches National Campaign For Universal Access To Food

U.N. News Centre: Timor-Leste becomes first Asia-Pacific country to launch U.N.’s Zero Hunger Challenge “Timor-Leste, Asia-Pacific’s youngest country, today became the region’s first to launch a national campaign under the United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge, which seeks to ensure universal access to food in the face of looming threats such…

Stigma Remains Barrier To HIV Treatment For Sex Workers In Myanmar

IRIN: Push to decriminalize sex work, but stigma remains In Myanmar, “[d]espite a decreasing prevalence of HIV/AIDS among commercial sex workers, health workers say the stigma associated with prostitution and the harsh laws against it are undermining sex workers’ access to HIV-related services…” (1/14).

VOA Reports On India’s Successful Polio Elimination Campaign

VOA On Assignment: How India Beat Polio “On Assignment’s Doug Bernard talks with VOA science reporter Steve Baragona about India’s battle against polio. Thanks to a massive vaccination program, it has now been three years since the country last recorded a new case of the disease…” (Bernard, 2/20).

India President Says Controlling TB In Country Necessary For Global Control

News outlets report on India President Pranab Mukherjee’s comments on tuberculosis (TB) control in India. ANI/News Track India: Global Tuberculosis control unattainable without controlling TB in India: Mukherjee “President Pranab Mukherjee today said that global tuberculosis control is unattainable without controlling the incidence of the disease in India…” (2/23). PNI/Zee…