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WHO Intensifies Cholera Response In South Sudan

Xinhua News: Death toll from cholera outbreak hits 63 in S. Sudan: WHO “The World Health Organization (WHO) said it has intensified its response to the cholera outbreak in South Sudan after 63 people have lost their lives and 2,340 people [have been] treated for the disease…” (Mengjie, 6/30).

Oral Cholera Vaccine Effective In Africa, MSF Reports

New York Times: Oral Vaccine for Cholera Found Effective in Africa “A new, inexpensive, easy-to-use cholera vaccine that is stockpiled for emergencies worked very well during a cholera outbreak in Africa, Doctors Without Borders reported recently…” (McNeil, 6/23).

U.N. SG Ban Summoned To Appear In Court By Haitian Cholera Victims, Lawyers Say

News outlets report on the ongoing controversy over compensation for victims of the Haitian cholera outbreak, which was caused by U.N. peacekeepers. Agence France-Presse: Lawyers say U.N. chief served with Haiti lawsuit in NY “Lawyers for more than 1,500 victims of Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic said Friday they had served…

S. Sudan Health Officials Urge Residents To Take Measures To Combat Cholera

VOA News: In South Sudan, Some Act Against Cholera, Others Stick to Old Habits “Some residents of the South Sudanese capital are heeding the call of health officials and taking extra measures to fight cholera as the number of cases of the diarrheal disease continues to rise. But others are…

Haiti Making Postearthquake Progress, But Needs Remain To End Homelessness, Cholera

Wall Street Journal: News Flash: Haiti Is on the Upswing Sean Penn, actor, director, and founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organization “…The people of Haiti have come a long way [since the 2010 earthquake, but] there are two urgent problems that need to be addressed: postearthquake homelessness and cholera. ……

Indian Firm Develops Affordable Cholera Vaccine

Wall Street Journal: Indian Firm Develops Inexpensive Vaccine for Battle With Cholera “…New Delhi-based Hilleman Laboratories Pvt. — which is backed by Merck & Co. and the Wellcome Trust charity — said Tuesday that it has created an inexpensive [cholera] vaccine that can survive without refrigeration in the far-flung tropical…

Cholera Vaccine Becomes Accepted Tool In Outbreak Responses

Humanosphere: The Cholera Vaccine: from shunned idea to celebrated response Development blogger Tom Murphy examines how research using the cholera vaccine in local outbreaks has helped the vaccine become an accepted prevention tool during outbreaks (6/16).

U.N. Appeals For More Than $1B In Aid To South Sudan

News outlets report on the U.N.’s appeal for more than $1 billion in aid to South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: S. Sudan crisis ‘deteriorates’ after six months of war “Aid agencies warned Sunday that starvation and diseases like malaria and cholera were set to intensify the crisis in South Sudan, which…

First Locally Acquired Dengue Case Of Season, First Indigenous Cholera Case Reported In Taiwan

Global Dispatch: Taiwan reports first ‘locally acquired’ dengue case of the summer, first indigenous cholera case “The Taiwan Center for Disease Control (CDC) is advising the public about removing mosquito breeding sites after health officials reported the first autochthonous case of dengue fever this summer. … Health authorities are also…

Blog Post Discusses Progress On, Challenges To Cholera Treatment, Prevention

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Cholera in 2014: How Do You Mix Optimism With Worry on the Long Walk Home? Helen Matzger, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses her walk to and from work, during which she ponders…