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Countries Worldwide Raise Alarms Over Zika Virus

Agence France-Presse: Thailand confirms first domestic case of Zika virus “…Authorities said the 22-year-old Thai man is likely to have caught the same strain of the virus that has caused panic in countries such as Brazil and Colombia…” (2/2). Agence France-Presse: Honduras declares national emergency over Zika virus “Honduras has…

Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic Companies Launch Research Into Zika Virus Vaccine, Test

Associated Press: Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur launches effort for Zika vaccine “Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur announced Tuesday it is launching an effort to research and develop a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency over its explosive spread across the Americas…” (2/2). Bloomberg Business:…

African Leaders Malaria Alliance Recognizes Nations For Progress On Disease Prevention, Treatment

The Guardian: African countries ​congratulated for ​driving down malaria deaths “…The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) has presented awards of excellence to 14 African countries, including Liberia, Rwanda, and Senegal for their performance in controlling malaria over the past four years, and Comoros, Guinea, and Mali for showing the biggest…

Expanding Global Response To Pediatric TB Critical To Advancing Child Health

International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease: Out of the shadows: shining a light on children with tuberculosis Eric Goosby, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on tuberculosis “…In order to contribute to the overall improvements in child health, we must change the way pediatric TB is identified and treated. Critically,…

Opinion Pieces, Letter To Editor Address Zika Virus Response

New York Times: Room for Debate: How to Stop the Spread of Zika Multiple authors “The World Health Organization is warning that the Zika virus, believed to cause brain abnormalities in infants, is ‘spreading explosively’ in the Americas, and that four million people could become infected by the end of…

Researchers Examine Access To GeneXpert TB Test In High-Burden Countries

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Survey shows Xpert TB diagnosis costly, out of reach in countries where private care predominates Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, highlights a correspondence published in The Lancet Global Health’s February issue discussing access to the GeneXpert…

As WHO Predicts Spread Of Zika Throughout Americas, News Outlets Report On Various Aspects Of Virus, Vector Control

Associated Press: Health minister: Brazil is ‘losing battle’ against mosquito (Barchfield, 1/26). Associated Press: U.N.: Zika virus link to babies’ small heads ‘circumstantial’ (Keaten, 1/26). Associated Press: U.S. Virgin Islands Reports Its First Zika Virus Case (1/22). Broadly: As Zika Virus Spreads, Women Warned Against Pregnancy but Denied Family Planning…

U.S. President Obama Calls For R&D Of Tests, Vaccines, Treatments For Zika Virus

The Hill: Obama briefed on rapidly spreading Zika disease “President Obama on Tuesday directed his top health officials to step up public outreach on the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne infection that is now expected to spread across the U.S. Obama received a briefing in the White House from health and…