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Gaps In Ebola Data Present Challenges; Worst-Case Disease Models Not Panning Out

Associated Press: In Ebola outbreak, bad data adds another problem “…Having accurate numbers about an outbreak is essential not only to provide a realistic picture of the epidemic, but to determine effective control strategies. Dr. Bruce Aylward, who is leading the World Health Organization’s Ebola response, said it’s crucial to…

Veterinarians Play Important Role In Recognizing Zoonosis Threats To Humans

The Atlantic: How Veterinarians Prevent Animals From Spreading Diseases to Humans “…Seventy-five percent of newly emerging diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can be spread between animals and humans. And they wreak havoc: People fall ill having no natural defenses, and there is often no medicine to fill the gap. ……

MSF Testing Drones To Transport TB Lab Samples From Remote Areas Of Papua New Guinea

VICE News: Drones Are Being Tested in the Fight Against a Tuberculosis Epidemic in Papua New Guinea “Drones have been trialed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to combat a centuries-old disease that has crippled communities in one of the most untamed wildernesses on earth. … MSF this year began to…

Epidemiologists, Gene Researchers Hunt For Clues On Ebola’s Spread

IRIN: Ebola: Where next and how bad? “In the past few months huge amounts of time and energy have been spent trying to second-guess the progress of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Where will the next hotspot be? … Predictions so far have been off the mark, so better…

PATH Introduces Mobile Diagnostic Test For River Blindness

Forbes: Tech’s Next Challenge In Global Health: Tools, Not Apps “…Health apps are growing by the day. But, beyond apps, we need diagnostic tools that are easy, portable, and reliable, according to PATH, the Seattle-based non-profit working on global health challenges. … This month, PATH produced a new tool for…