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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…

U.S. Health Officials Release Draft Zika Response

The Hill: White House rolls out Zika crisis plan “The White House is amplifying its efforts to contain the chaos from a nearly inevitable outbreak of Zika virus in the U.S. in upcoming weeks. Senior health officials outlined the national Zika response plan for the first time Thursday during a…

Scientists Develop Model To Predict Disease Outbreaks Using Climate, Population Data

Reuters: Scientists use climate, population changes to predict diseases “British scientists say they have developed a model that can predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases — those such as Ebola and Zika that jump from animals to humans — based on changes in climate. Describing their model as ‘a major improvement…

Some Malaria Prevention Methods Would Also Help Reduce Spread Of Zika Virus

U.N. Dispatch: What can the fight against malaria teach us about Zika? Blogger and international development professional Alanna Shaikh discusses malaria prevention methods and their effectiveness, including insecticide-treated bednets, which Shaikh says also could help prevent Zika infection (6/10).

Communicating Risks, Prevention Of Zika Poses Challenges For Public Health Authorities

International Business Times: Zika Virus In The U.S.: How The Outbreak Became A Public Relations Mess “…[Zika] can cause devastating birth defects in babies, yet the majority of adults suffer no symptoms if they are infected. Communicating those risks accurately to a public informed by a fear-mongering media is a…

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