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WHO Team Investigating Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak In Northern South Sudan

The Lancet: WHO investigates mysterious outbreak in South Sudan “A team from WHO’s Regional Office for Africa is investigating a mysterious viral hemorrhagic fever outbreak in northern South Sudan that has killed 10 people. At the same time, national health officials are scrambling to put preventive measures in place based…

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WHO To Begin Emergency Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaigns Next Month In Angola, DRC Aiming To Stem Outbreak

Reuters: WHO to launch emergency yellow fever vaccination in Angola, Congo “The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that it will launch emergency yellow fever vaccination campaigns along the border between Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Congolese capital Kinshasa next month. The worst yellow fever…

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Most MERS Cases In New Riyadh Outbreak Linked To Misdiagnosed Woman, WHO Says

CIDRAP News: WHO details Riyadh hospital MERS outbreak as new UAE, Saudi cases noted “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Tuesday] released more details about a MERS-CoV outbreak at King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh, triggered by a woman whose illness wasn’t detected until after she was admitted to a vascular…

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Haiti So Far Avoids Serious Zika Predictions, But Experts Unsure Why

Washington Post: While Latin America struggles over Zika, Haiti faces epidemic with a shrug “…The poorest nation in the region appeared to be primed for a Zika explosion, with woeful sanitation, urban overcrowding, a threadbare health system, and plenty of mosquitoes. But nearly six months after the first Zika cases…

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Experts Discuss Disease Outbreak Preparedness, Zika Response At U.N. Meeting On Global Health Crises

Associated Press: Experts Only Beginning to Grasp the Damage From Zika Virus “Even though the explosive spread of the Zika virus has been met with a new level of international response, thanks to lessons learned from the Ebola crisis, experts warn they are only beginning to grasp the damage the…

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News Magazines Examine Continuing Challenges Of Liberia’s Ebola Epidemic

The Atlantic: After Ebola “…Now, about a year and a half after the peak of the outbreak, the vast assemblage of foreign disease experts and health care workers and crisis-response teams who finally helped contain [Ebola] has largely departed. But the virus keeps resurfacing. Ten flare-ups have been recorded in…

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Ability To Adapt To Disease Threats Makes Human Race Resilient

The Atlantic: Why Hasn’t Disease Wiped out the Human Race? Amesh Adalja, infectious disease physician at the University of Pittsburgh “…Diseases’ failure to knock us out is a testament to just how resilient humans are. Part of our evolutionary heritage is our immune system … This system, when viewed at…

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White House, Congress Should Work Together, Agree On Funding Package To Address Zika

U.S. News & World Report: The High Cost of Failing to Fund the Zika Fight Cary Gibson, government relations consultant with Prime Policy Group “…According to Health Affairs, the White House and the CDC have been redirecting funding from other sources to help with the Zika effort. … The overall…

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Global Community Should Heed WHO’s Guidance On Zika, Allow Olympic Games In Brazil To Continue

Washington Post: Don’t let Zika stop the Olympics Ashish K. Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, K.T. Li professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School “An expert panel convened by the World Health Organization just…

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Congressional Negotiations Continue Over Zika Funding As CDC Reports 6 U.S. Cases Of Birth Defects Linked To Virus

The Atlantic: Will Congress Reach an Agreement on Zika? “In the nearly four months since the Obama administration issued its $1.9 billion Zika funding request, congressional lawmakers have publicly bickered over each chamber’s response to the virus. This week, select members met formally for the very first time to begin…

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