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U.S. Launches Global Health Security Agenda, Partners With 26 Countries

News outlets report on the U.S.-led Global Health Security Agenda, a 26-nation partnership to better detect and prevent infectious disease outbreaks. Associated Press: U.S., 26 countries launch effort to fight outbreaks “The U.S. and 26 other countries began a new effort Thursday to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious…

U.S. Children Born To Immigrants Have Higher Risk Of TB Infection

Medscape: Tuberculosis: U.S.-Born Children of Immigrants at High Risk “Children born in the United States are six times more likely to have tuberculosis (TB) if at least one parent was born abroad, according to a study published online February 10 in Pediatrics. The finding prompted an accompanying editorial calling for…

Chikungunya Fever Continues To Spread In East Caribbean

New York Times: Virus Advances Through East Caribbean “A painful mosquito-borne virus common in Africa and Asia has advanced quickly throughout the eastern Caribbean in the past two months, raising the prospect that a once-distant illness will become entrenched throughout the region, public health experts say. Chikungunya fever, a viral…

BBC Examines Rise In Cases Of Imported Tropical Diseases

BBC News: Jungle Fever: The Exotic Disease Detectives “…Every year thousands of U.K. residents are diagnosed with so-called imported diseases — and it’s down to experts based at tropical disease centers in London and Liverpool to track them down and find the right treatment. … Wherever and however people pick…

Chikungunya Fever Detected In Caribbean

Scientific American: Mosquitoes Carry Yet Another Tropical Disease toward the U.S. “It began last October, with a simple mosquito bite on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. … By mid-December, two dozen cases of the viral disease had been confirmed. More than 1,000 cases have since scattered across the Caribbean…

HIV Testing Program Focuses On South African Truck Drivers

Health24: Putting the brakes on HIV “A road safety and wellness campaign, by Adcock Ingram, Scania truck manufacturer, Swedish Workplace HIV/AIDS Programme (SWHAP) and Shell One Stop petrol stations focused on the health of truck drivers over December. HIV, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and BMI testing were top of the…

Connectivity Makes Threat Of Emerging Infectious Diseases High In Asia, Experts Say

IRIN: Connectivity and emerging infectious diseases in Southeast Asia “Experts sometimes describe Southeast Asia as a ‘hotspot’ for emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) because several major outbreaks have started in this region. Now, with unprecedented levels of connection between animals and people through urbanization, and of people with other people through…

Number Of Cancer Cases Will Rise To Nearly 22M Worldwide By 2030, Report Says

On the eve of World Cancer Day, news outlets examine a new report (.pdf) from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.Agence France-Presse: Cancer cases ‘set to rise by half by 2030’: U.N. “New cases of cancer will rise by half by 2030, reaching 21.6 million per year compared…

CDC Global Health Security Projects In Uganda, Vietnam Boost Disease Response

Three news outlets report on findings published in the CDC’s journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, regarding global health security projects in Uganda and Vietnam. CBS News: CDC: Other countries’ health threats can affect U.S. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that just because there’s a disease outbreak…

Saudi Arabia, Jordan Report New MERS Cases

News outlets report on new cases of MERS recorded in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Agence France-Presse: New MERS death raises Saudi toll to 59 “Saudi health authorities announced Wednesday a new MERS death, bringing to 59 the number of people who have died from the coronavirus in the country with…

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