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Rabies Deaths Higher Than Previous Estimates, Mathematical Model Suggests

New York Times: Rabies Deaths Higher Than Previously Thought “Rabies kills 59,000 people a year, or about 160 a day — more than had previously been assumed — according to a study published last week. The report, based on mathematical modeling, is higher than previous estimates based on officially reported…

Scientific Community Must Participate In U.N.’s SDG Process

Nature: Policy: Five priorities for the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals Yonglong Lu, professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciencesk, and colleagues “This week, the United Nations is deliberating in New York how to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that it will launch formally in September. Science must be…

CDC Revises Guidelines To Urge Ebola Survivors To Abstain From Sex, Use Condoms

New York Times: Signs Ebola Spreads in Sex Prompt a CDC Warning “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidelines on Ebola transmission on Sunday night, urging survivors to abstain from all forms of sex or use condoms every time ‘until more information becomes available,’ rather than three…

Researchers Studying Risk Of Sexual Transmission Of Ebola

New York Times: Ebola Researchers Take New Look at Risk of Sexual Transmission “Concerned about the potential for sexual transmission of Ebola, international health officials are investigating new reports of suspected cases and beginning studies to determine how often and how long the virus remains active in semen. And, for…

New Health Research Partnership To Focus On Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases

The Lancet: New global center launched to address chronic diseases “A new international health research partnership plans to tackle chronic diseases ranging from diabetes to dementia in an integrated way. … The Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions (CCCC), launched in New Delhi, India, on April 7, brings together experts…

Second Ebola Vaccine Trial Underway In Sierra Leone

Agence France-Presse: Ebola vaccine trial begins in Sierra Leone “Thousands of health care workers in areas of Sierra Leone that are grappling with Ebola will now begin receiving an experimental vaccine against the often deadly virus, officials said Tuesday…” (4/14). The Hill: CDC begins Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone…

U.S., African Union Sign Memorandum To Form African CDC

News outlets report on the signing of a memorandum between the U.S. and the African Union to create a disease control and prevention center in Africa. CIDRAP News: U.S., African agreement formalizes creation of African CDC “Top officials from the United States and the African Union (A.U.) today formalized a…