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S. Leone’s Head Ebola Doctor Succumbs To Virus; Other HCWs Infected

News outlets report on the death of a leading physician in Sierra Leone and other health care workers affected by the Ebola outbreak. Health care workers are battling the virus as well as fear from local communities that they are helping to spread the disease. Agence France-Presse: Head doctor at…

Health Officials Face Multiple Challenges In Stemming Ebola Outbreak In Africa

News outlets report on the challenges health officials face in stemming the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Associated Press: New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare “No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in…

U.N. Calls For Boost In Efforts To Prevent, Treat Hepatitis

U.N. News Centre: Marking World Hepatitis Day, U.N. appeals for boost in global momentum to tackle disease “With 1.4 million deaths every year attributed to acute and chronic liver disease, the United Nations health agency is marking World Hepatitis Day by calling on countries to intensify efforts to prevent, diagnose…

Time For World To Work Together To Mitigate Impact From Hepatitis

Huffington Post: World Hepatitis Day Is an Opportunity to Stop This Silent Killer, Once and For All Hande Harmanci, a medical officer with the WHO’s Global Hepatitis Program “…The good news is that we are beginning to see a new momentum around hepatitis. Politicians are starting to take it seriously:…

Progress Made Against Hepatitis, But More Remains To Be Done

The following blogs discuss World Hepatitis Day, recognized annually on July 28. Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: World Hepatitis Day: Sub-Saharan Africa sees progress, but persisting risks for HBV, HBC transfusion-transmitted infections, CDC reports Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the…

Ebola Outbreak Continues To Spread In West Africa

News outlets report on the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed at least 660 people and infected more than 1,000. Agence France-Presse: West Africa Ebola death toll reaches 660: WHO “The death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases…

Officials Seal Off Chinese City After Bubonic Plague Death

News outlets report on a Chinese city that has been sealed off after one man died of bubonic plague. Agence France-Presse/The Guardian: Chinese city sealed off after bubonic plague death “A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people have been placed in quarantine since last week after a…

Reports On TB Testing, HIV Treatment Pricing Released At AIDS 2014

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” is live-blogging this week from the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia. Science Speaks: AIDS 2014: GeneXpert with clinic-based care reduced time to treatment for MDR TB patients in Khayelitsha, South Africa “…On Monday, Helen Cox from the University of Cape Town…

Improved Access To TB Tests Could Help Curb TB In India, Study Suggests

Press Trust of India/Economic Times: Quick evaluation key to fighting TB in India: Study “Getting patients in India quickly evaluated by the right doctors can be just as effective at curbing tuberculosis (TB) as a new, highly accurate screening test, a new study suggests. … The researchers say that for…

HIV Self-Testing Might Encourage More People To Discover Status, Group Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Could HIV self-testing be a game changer in Africa? “In Africa, where fewer than half the people know their HIV status, HIV self-testing is being explored as a way of encouraging more individuals, particularly in high risk groups, to know their status as a first step to…

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