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International Response To Zika Must Be Rational, Humane, Coordinated, Collaborative

TIME: Gates Foundation: Fear Must Not Dictate Zika Policy Chris Elias, president of the Global Development Program, and Trevor Mundel, president of the Global Health Division, both at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “The spread of Zika virus across the Americas reminds us that a health crisis anywhere can…

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News Outlets Examine Mosquito-Control Methods, Research Into Zika Treatments, Vaccines

Bloomberg Businessweek: Zika Is the Next Front in the Mosquito Wars (Tozzi et al., 2/4). New York Times: In Australia, a New Tactic in Battle Against Zika Virus: Mosquito Breeding (Innis, 2/4). Reuters: Brazil researchers hope to test Zika virus treatment in a year (Flynn/Haynes, 2/4). Science: The race for…

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Zika Shines Light On Little-Studied Microcephaly, Guillain-Barré Syndrome; New Evidence From Brazil Shows Possible Association Between Birth Defect, Virus

Associated Press: Zika spotlights rare birth defect with a variety of causes “The Zika virus is putting a spotlight on a potentially devastating birth defect that until now has gotten little public attention. Regardless of whether the mosquito-borne virus really causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads, a…

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Sierra Leone Releases 55 People From Ebola Quarantine, Seeks Nearly 50 Others For Testing

Agence France-Presse: U.N. urges missing Sierra Leone people to come for Ebola testing “United Nations officials in Sierra Leone on Thursday appealed to nearly 50 people wanted for Ebola testing to come forward, as the country seeks to stamp out a fresh outbreak of the virus…” (2/4). Agence France-Presse: Sierra…

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Lessons Learned From Ebola Should Inform Global Response To Zika Virus

Global Health NOW: Getting Schooled About Zika, Ebola-Style Sulzhan Bali, Global Governance Futures 2027 fellow, masters candidate in global health at Duke University, and director of production and HR at TWiGH “…Zika, just like Ebola, is another fervent reminder of the fact that diseases and disease vectors respect no borders.…

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Zika Virus Raises Questions Regarding Women’s Reproductive Rights

RH Reality Check: The Zika Virus Is a Matter of Reproductive Injustice Beatriz Galli, senior Latin America policy adviser for Ipas and member of the Bioethics Commission of the Lawyers Bar Association in Rio de Janeiro, discusses the Zika outbreak’s impact on women’s health, especially as it pertains to access…

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South American Health Ministers Vow Cooperation To Control Zika; U.N. Urges European, LAC Nations To Take Preventive Measures

Agence France-Presse: S. America holds crisis meeting as Zika ‘nightmare’ spreads “South American health ministers held an emergency meeting on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a ‘nightmare’ by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies…” (Notargiovanni, 2/3). Agence France-Presse: South America vows to…

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Questions Remain Over Association Between Zika, Microcephaly, Number Of Birth Defect Cases

GlobalPost: On Brazil’s Zika front lines, cases of microcephaly are actually dropping “Brazilian doctors at the epicenter of the Zika virus crisis told GlobalPost that the number of suspected cases of microcephaly, a birth defect linked to the virus, peaked at their hospital weeks ago and has declined significantly since…

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U.S. HHS Secretary Burwell To Brief Senate On Zika Outbreak; House Bill Would Allow Ebola Research Funding To Be Used For Zika

ABC News: Senators Call for Federal Updates on Zika Virus Outbreak “The chairman of the Senate committee with oversight over public health issues has sent a letter to the head of Health and Human Services asking her to keep him apprised of the agency’s efforts to stem the spread of…

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Brazil Identifies 2 Zika Cases Contracted Through Blood Transfusions As Nations Take Steps To Protect Blood Supplies

New York Times: Blood Banks Use Caution With Travelers From Zika Zones “Blood banks in the United States have begun asking potential donors not to give blood if within the last month they have visited a country in which the Zika virus is spreading…” (Saint Louis, 2/3). Wall Street Journal:…

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