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Questions Surround Report Of Maternal Mortality Spike In China

New York Times: Reported Spike in Maternal Deaths Spurs Questions in China “Did China’s maternal mortality rate surge by nearly one-third in the first half of 2016, as a top health official reportedly said this week? An anxious, skeptical debate has broken out over the drastically higher figure, announced by…

U.S. Issues Travel Advisory For SE Asia As Thailand Reports First Cases Of Zika-Linked Microcephaly; U.S. Health Official Says Zika-Related Birth Defects Likely Will Be Higher Than Anticipated

Agence France-Presse: First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly “Thai health authorities on Friday said microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia’s first confirmed case of a link between the sickness and the birth defect…” (9/30). Associated Press: Thailand…

Delhi Faces Annual Outbreaks Of Dengue, Chikungunya During Monsoon Season

Associated Press: In annual ritual, Delhi struggles with dengue, chikungunya “…The cycle of illness and packed hospital ‘fever clinics’ plays out every year as monsoon rains fill puddles and open drains in the teeming city, creating swarms of mosquitoes that thrive in the warm, damp weather. Some years it’s mainly…

Event Highlights Challenges To Polio Eradication, Especially In Conflict Settings

Humanosphere: Conflict zones pose final threat to eradicating polio Humanosphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses an event that took place Tuesday in New York highlighting challenges to polio eradication, especially in conflict settings. She includes comments made at the event from CDC Director Thomas Frieden and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan (9/22).

Indonesia Begins New Campaign To End FGM, Despite Religious Leaders’ Opposition

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Indonesia launches new campaign to end female genital mutilation: minister “Indonesia is embarking on a renewed campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM), according to its women’s minister Yohana Yembise, despite opposition from religious leaders who have stymied past efforts to combat a practice that is common.…

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