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WHO Team Investigating Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak In Northern South Sudan

The Lancet: WHO investigates mysterious outbreak in South Sudan “A team from WHO’s Regional Office for Africa is investigating a mysterious viral hemorrhagic fever outbreak in northern South Sudan that has killed 10 people. At the same time, national health officials are scrambling to put preventive measures in place based…

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Zika Spreading Rapidly In Puerto Rico, According To Blood Donation Screenings, U.S. Health Officials Say

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: CDC: Zika spreading rapidly in Puerto Rico, blood donations suggest “The Zika virus has gained a startling foothold in Puerto Rico based on the number of blood donations that have tested positive for the disease, federal health officials said Friday…” (Bentley, 6/17). New York Times: Number of Zika-Positive…

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Researchers Report Findings Of Large Epidemiological Study Involving Nearly 12K Pregnant Women Infected With Zika Virus In Colombia

NPR: Zika Infection Late In Pregnancy Carries Little Risk of Microcephaly “For months, scientists in Colombia have been working on a massive study. They’ve been tracking the health of thousands of pregnant women to try to figure out key questions surrounding the Zika virus. Now the team has published its…

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Blog Post Highlights Potential Benefits, Challenges Of HIV Self-Testing

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Is HIV self-testing an answer, or another obstacle? Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, reporting from the McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health, highlights a discussion on diagnostic technologies, during which participants highlighted potential…

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NYT Interviews Zika Expert About Spread Of Disease From Africa To South America

New York Times: How Zika Became a Global Threat “…One of the leading scientific experts on Zika is Scott C. Weaver, the director of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. In a recent interview, he helped explain how Zika came…

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WHO Declares End Of Liberia’s Most Recent Ebola Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: West Africa marks end of Ebola outbreak “Liberia said Thursday it was free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases of the deadly tropical virus left in West Africa following an outbreak that began in neighboring Guinea in December 2013…” (Dosso, 6/9). Reuters: WHO declares Liberia…

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UNAIDS, PEPFAR Announce 60% Decline In New HIV Infections Among Children In 21 Sub-Saharan African Nations Since 2009

UNAIDS/PEPFAR: UNAIDS and PEPFAR announce dramatic reductions in new HIV infections among children in the 21 countries most affected by HIV in Africa According to this press release, “UNAIDS and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced [Wednesday] that there has been a 60 percent decline…

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Thailand First Asian Nation To Eliminate Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission; Belarus, Armenia Also Reach Milestone, WHO Says

Agence France-Presse: Thailand first in Asia to eliminate mother-to-baby HIV: WHO “Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, a milestone in the fight against the disease…” (6/8). Associated Press: Thailand, Belarus, Armenia eliminate mother-child HIV spread “…Cuba became…

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Some Experts Express Doubts Over Capacity Of, Funding For African Disease Control Agency

Scientific American: Africa Starts Its Own Disease Control Agency “…African states and the U.S. agreed to collaborate to create an agency that would respond to outbreaks, sync communications between member states, and improve public health preparedness. … Others are not convinced the new operation will have enough money or expertise…

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WHO Declares End Of Ebola Transmission In Guinea For 2nd Time

Reuters: Guinea declared free of active Ebola transmission: WHO “Guinea has reached the end of active Ebola virus transmission, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, the second such declaration from the country at the epicenter of the world’s worst outbreak of the disease…” (Brice/Nebehay, 6/1).

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