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Brazil’s Dengue Outbreak Highlights Issues Within National Health Care System

Reuters: Brazil dengue outbreak exposes tough challenge for Rousseff “An epidemic of dengue fever is fanning public anger over what Brazilians say is President Dilma Rousseff’s biggest challenge — the sad state of the national health care system. … Health Minister Arthur Chioro has blamed the outbreak in part on…

Drought, Water Crisis Blamed For Dengue Spread In Brazil

Bloomberg View: Brazilians Spraying and Praying for Dengue Vaccine Breakthrough “…Amid one of their worst outbreaks of dengue fever — 460,000 people infected and 132 dead this year — Brazilians are understandably jumpy. … Once a mostly Asian affliction, the dengue virus has gone global because of breakneck urbanization, bad…

Brazil Using Soldiers To Educate São Paulo Neighborhoods About Dengue Control

Wall Street Journal: Brazil City Calls In Army to Fight Dengue “Brazil’s biggest city has called in the army to help combat a deadly outbreak of dengue fever that has sickened hundreds of thousands of people nationwide. Soldiers will next week begin going door-to-door in some of São Paulo’s hardest-hit…

Smartphone Technology Helps Track Dengue Cases In Pakistan

Huffington Post: How Cellphones Helped to Dramatically Reduce New Cases of Dengue Fever in Pakistan Ravi Kumar, digital strategist at World Bank Group “…According to Logged On, Smart Government Solutions from South Asia, a report by the World Bank, the [Pakistan] government … came to the decision to use smartphones…

Dengue Outbreak In São Paulo Exacerbated By Drought

Wall Street Journal: Drought-Stricken São Paulo Battles Dengue Fever Outbreak “Inhabitants of this megacity [São Paulo, Brazil], suffering through the worst drought in decades, have unwittingly contributed to an outbreak of dengue fever by storing scarce water in open containers. The tropical mosquito-borne virus, which often results in high fever,…

New York Times ‘Room For Debate’ Features Several Opinion Pieces Examining Use Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Eliminate Dengue

New York Times: Room for Debate: Can Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Eliminate Dengue Fever? Multiple authors “Dengue fever has become pandemic, its range expanding even to places like the Florida Keys where it hadn’t existed. One solution proposed in Florida and tried elsewhere, is to kill the mosquitoes that spread the…

NTDs Must Be Eliminated To End Hunger, Improve Education, Advocacy Group Says

Reuters: World must tackle neglected diseases to end hunger “Attempts to end global hunger and improve education are being hampered by a little known group of diseases that affect the world’s poorest and must be tackled too, [Marianne Comparet, director of the London-based International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases,] said…”…