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Polio Workers, Police Escorts Kidnapped, Murdered In Separate Incidents In Pakistan

News outlets report on two incidents involving the kidnapping and murder of polio workers and their police escorts in Pakistan. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Gunmen kidnap six-member polio team in Pakistan “Masked gunmen kidnapped a six-member polio vaccination team — a doctor, two local employees of the World Health Organization (WHO) and…

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…

FDA Expresses Concern Over Safety Of Indian Drugs

New York Times: Medicines Made in India Set Off Safety Worries “India, the second-largest exporter of over-the-counter and prescription drugs to the United States, is coming under increased scrutiny by American regulators for safety lapses, falsified drug test results and selling fake medicines…” (Harris, 2/14).

Maintaining Health Gains In Afghanistan Must Be Aim Of Drawdown Agreements

Foreign Policy: The Taliban Are Winning The War On Polio Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health, and Maxine Builder, research associate, at the Council on Foreign Relations “This week’s tragic reappearance of polio in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, after 13 years, poses serious questions about the future of health…

India’s Supreme Court Can Help Country Prioritize Pollution Reduction

New York Times: India’s Air Pollution Emergency “…More people die of asthma in India than anywhere else in the world. Indoor air pollution, mostly from cooking fires, and outdoor air pollution are the third and fifth leading causes of death in India. … The best hope for reining in air…

Access To HIV Prevention In Prisons Is Crucial To Curbing Transmission

IRIN: HIV interventions also needed behind bars “Providing access to HIV prevention and treatment services in closed settings, such as prisons, is crucial to curbing the transmission of HIV, particularly among women, say public health experts…” (2/12).

India Celebrates Three Years Of No Polio Cases

News outlets report on India’s achievement of being polio free for three years. Agence France-Presse: India celebrates eradication of polio “Indian leaders celebrated the eradication of polio on Tuesday, reminding doubters that something once thought impossible had been achieved and promising to tackle other diseases which still blight the country…”…

Afghan Polio Case Tied To Pakistan; Vaccination Efforts Prove Challenging

News outlets report on a new polio case in Afghanistan and vaccination efforts in Pakistan. New York Times: Rare Afghan Polio Case Tied to Pakistan “A three-year-old girl in Kabul has contracted polio, the first confirmed case in the capital in 12 years, health officials said Tuesday. Afghanistan is one…

Number Of H7N9 Cases In China Will Continue To Rise, Officials Say

News outlets report on the continuing outbreak of H7N9 avian influenza on mainland China, where officials say the number of cases will continue to grow. Global Dispatch: Chinese officials predict more human H7N9 avian flu cases “With a large spurt of new human H7N9 avian influenza cases reported so far…