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Advocates Demand More Funding For U.S. Global Health R&D

Devex: U.S. global health research funding falls short of innovation rhetoric — NGOs “Despite the Obama administration’s emphasis on science, technology, and innovation for international development, United States funding for global health research and development is not what it could or should be, according to an advocacy coalition of 30…

Poor Diagnosis Aids In Spread Of Drug Resistant TB

Reuters: Poor diagnosis driving global multidrug-resistant TB, WHO warns “… Latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which says drug-resistant TB is a ‘global health security risk’, showed a third of the estimated 9 million people who contract TB in any form each year do not get the care…

Scientists To Use Climate Factors To Forecast Disease Outbreaks In Sahel

Reuters: Wind and dust can predict Sahel meningitis outbreaks — scientists “Scientists may soon be able to forecast disease outbreaks in sub-Saharan African’s ‘meningitis belt’ using weather data — and use that to plan early vaccination drives to prevent or limit casualties…” (Mintz, 3/20).

More Polio Cases Reported In Cameroon

Global Dispatch: Polio Transmission Continues In Cameroon “The transmission of polio continues into 2014 in the west Central African country of Cameroon, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Wednesday. Two new wild poliovirus 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week, with onset of paralysis on 6…

CDC Aiming To Create Better Disease Detection Systems

Roll Call reports on CDC efforts to invest in new technologies that would facilitate disease detection. Roll Call: CDC Plans to Map DNA of Disease-Causing Viruses “Many public health experts see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the premier disease detection agency not just for the United States…

AIDS Expert Calls For Universal HIV Testing For Children In Zimbabwe

Thomson Reuters Foundation: HIV-positive teens dying after hospitals and guardians fail to test them “Thousands of HIV-positive children are suffering and dying unnecessarily because of late diagnosis, a Zimbabwe-based expert on HIV/AIDS said, calling for universal testing of children entering health facilities in high prevalence countries…” (Migiro, 2/19).

U.S. Launches Global Health Security Agenda, Partners With 26 Countries

News outlets report on the U.S.-led Global Health Security Agenda, a 26-nation partnership to better detect and prevent infectious disease outbreaks. Associated Press: U.S., 26 countries launch effort to fight outbreaks “The U.S. and 26 other countries began a new effort Thursday to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious…

U.S. Children Born To Immigrants Have Higher Risk Of TB Infection

Medscape: Tuberculosis: U.S.-Born Children of Immigrants at High Risk “Children born in the United States are six times more likely to have tuberculosis (TB) if at least one parent was born abroad, according to a study published online February 10 in Pediatrics. The finding prompted an accompanying editorial calling for…

Chikungunya Fever Continues To Spread In East Caribbean

New York Times: Virus Advances Through East Caribbean “A painful mosquito-borne virus common in Africa and Asia has advanced quickly throughout the eastern Caribbean in the past two months, raising the prospect that a once-distant illness will become entrenched throughout the region, public health experts say. Chikungunya fever, a viral…

BBC Examines Rise In Cases Of Imported Tropical Diseases

BBC News: Jungle Fever: The Exotic Disease Detectives “…Every year thousands of U.K. residents are diagnosed with so-called imported diseases — and it’s down to experts based at tropical disease centers in London and Liverpool to track them down and find the right treatment. … Wherever and however people pick…