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Zika-Linked Brain Damage More Severe Than Expected, Experts Say

Wall Street Journal: Brain Damage in Zika Babies Is Far Worse Than Doctors Expected “…The scale and severity of prenatal damage by the Zika virus are far worse than past birth defects associated with microcephaly, a condition characterized by a small head and brain abnormalities. Scans, imaging, and autopsies show…

About 1 Child Dies Every 2 Minutes Of Malaria; African Nations Bear Greatest Burden

PolitiFact: Malaria’s toll: Close to one African child killed every 2 minutes “A grim statistic is circulating this World Malaria Day. USAID’s Tina Dooley-Jones, deputy mission director in Kenya, marked the occasion in Nairobi saying that ‘globally, malaria kills a child every two minutes.’ … One organization claimed a child…

Spinal Meningitis Poses Risk To 450M Africans In 2016, Experts Say

Agence France-Presse: 450 million Africans threatened by spinal meningitis “Spinal meningitis, which can kill in 24 hours, poses a threat to 450 million Africans this year, according to medical experts from eight of the continent’s countries. Meningococcal meningitis is a global burden that affects 1.2 million people every year and…

European Region Reports No New Malaria Cases In 2015, WHO Says In Annual Report

Agence France-Presse: No new malaria cases in Europe, Caucasus, or Central Asia in 2015 “No new cases of malaria originated in Europe, Central Asia, or the Caucasus in 2015, the first year without a transmission for almost 30 years, the World Health Organization said Wednesday…” (4/20). Thomson Reuters Foundation: Europe…

2 New Rapid Diagnostic Tests Aim To Advance Efforts To Eliminate NTDs

PATH blog: Fighting disease, fear, and fatigue Tracy Romoser, communications officer and blog editor at PATH, discusses two new rapid diagnostics tests — the biplex test and LF monoplex test — for river blindness and lymphatic filariasis (LF), writing “These tests are a continuation of PATH’s work to advance new…

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