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Singaporeans Take Precautions Against Zika As Case Count Rises To 151

Associated Press: Singapore in battle mode against Zika after infections rise “Singapore is encouraging residents to use insect repellent, clear blockages in drains, and wear long-sleeved clothing to protect themselves from mosquitoes after the number of Zika infections rose to 151 in the city-state…” (Liang, 9/2). Reuters: Cover up, stay…

India’s Government To Launch First-Ever Leprosy Vaccine, Developed In-Country

The Guardian: India rolls out world’s first leprosy vaccine as fight goes on ‘war footing’ “…Today India accounts for more than 60 percent of the world’s new leprosy cases and health officials have quietly moved to a ‘war footing’ against it, one senior researcher says. This week the government announced…

Singapore’s Zika Case Count Up To 115; First Pregnant Woman Diagnosed

Reuters: Singapore raises Zika tally; first pregnant woman diagnosed “A pregnant woman was among those diagnosed with Zika infections in Singapore, as the number of confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the city-state rose to 115…” (Aravindan, 8/31).

Snakebites Growing Public Health Concern, Affecting About 5M People Worldwide Annually

Nature: Vipers, mambas, and taipans: the escalating health crisis over snakebites “…Snakebites are a growing public health crisis. According to the World Health Organization, around five million people worldwide are bitten by snakes each year; more than 100,000 of them die and as many as 400,000 endure amputations and permanent…

Philippines’ Economy Loses $7B Per Year Because Of Child Malnutrition, Report Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: A growing problem, child malnutrition costs Philippines $7 billion in a year “Child malnutrition cost the Philippines $7 billion or nearly three percent of its GDP in one year in terms of education spending and lost productivity, while hunger-related stunting is on the rise among children, a…

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