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Cholera Death Toll Rises To 65 In Kenya, Cases Increase In Nairobi, Health Officials Say

Agence France-Presse: Kenya cholera death toll rises to 65 “At least 65 people are confirmed to have died in a nearly five-month-old cholera outbreak in Kenya, with infections also continuing to rise in the capital Nairobi, health officials said Wednesday…” (5/20).

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Sierra Leone, Guinea Experience Near Fourfold Increase In Ebola Cases In One Week, WHO Says, Warning Vigilance Must Remain High

New York Times: Doctors Link Risky Burials to Ebola Rise in West Africa “Only days after declaring the lowest number of new Ebola cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone this year, officials at the World Health Organization said Tuesday that there had been a nearly fourfold increase during the most…

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West Africa’s Weekly Recorded Ebola Cases Drop Below 20 For First Time Since Mid-2014; Liberia Prepares To Be Declared Ebola-Free

Reuters: U.N. hails progress on Ebola as new weekly cases drop “The U.N. envoy on Ebola on Tuesday hailed ‘extraordinary progress’ against the outbreak in West Africa after new cases last week fell below 20 for the first time since mid-2014, but he warned it would take time to end…

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Developing ‘Core Capacities In Public Health,’ Strengthening Global Response Mechanisms Essential To Contain Next Global Health Crisis

BBC News: Global health: How prepared are we for the next crisis? David Heymann, head and senior fellow at Chatham House Center on Global Health Security and professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine “It has now been over a year since the…

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Brazil’s Government Making Effort To Keep Up With Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dengue Cases

New York Times: 10 Days of Dengue Fever Vanessa Barbara, columnist for O Estado de São Paulo and editor of A Hortaliça “…I was one of the roughly 500,000 Brazilians infected with dengue fever in the first three months of 2015, over half of them in the state of São…

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In Advance Of World Malaria Day, WHO Urges International Community To Address Gaps In Malaria Efforts

U.N. News Centre: Ahead of World Malaria Day, U.N. officials urge continued investment in fight against the disease “Although more investment and stronger coordination have helped the international community make significant inroads in the global fight against malaria, continued investment for malaria control and elimination targets remains essential for a…

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New Malaria Tests Under Development Could Improve Diagnosis, Treatment

Australian Associated Press/The Guardian: Malaria could be diagnosed through breath test, Australian scientists find “…Australian scientists have made the groundbreaking discovery that malaria-infected patients have higher levels of certain chemicals in their breath. The chemicals are undetectable to the human nose, but can be used to detect the disease much…

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Additional TB Screening, Treatment Needed For Patients In Tertiary Care Facilities, Study Says

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Study says health care shortcomings leave tuberculosis undiagnosed, untreated Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses a study published in The Lancet Global Health in which researchers examined tuberculosis burden among inpatients who had died in health care…

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Haiti’s MoH Announces 300% Increase In Cholera Cases In First Quarter 2015

Reuters: Early Haiti rains bring risk of bleak cholera season “Haitian officials are reporting a spike in cholera cases late last year and carrying over into the first three months of 2015 as an early start to the rainy season has public health workers worried. As of March 28, the…

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Guinea Confirms 9 New Ebola Cases In Southwest Region

Reuters: Guinea finds nine new Ebola cases near border with Sierra Leone “Guinean authorities have confirmed at least nine new cases of Ebola in the southwest region of Forecariah near the border with Sierra Leone, the area hardest hit by the year-old outbreak, a senior health official said on Thursday…”…

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