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Vaccine Preparedness Critical To Responding To Emerging Infectious Diseases

Science: Ebola and Zika: Cautionary tales Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota “…When surveillance points to a possible emergence of a new infectious disease of potential public health importance, we need procedural and funding mechanisms that can…

Editorials Discuss Congressional Inaction On U.S. Zika Response

San Francisco Chronicle: Congress needs to fund the fight against the Zika virus Editorial Board “….The feuding [between congressional Democrats and Republicans] needs a compromise ending, not more delays … There’s reason to hope this impasse will fade. Elections are coming, and lawmakers don’t want to face voters fearful of…

Malaria Drug Could Reduce Strain On Health Care Facilities During Ebola Outbreaks

Humanosphere: Antimalarials could help in Ebola outbreaks, study shows Humanosphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses findings from a study published in PLOS ONE that suggest standardizing the distribution of artesunate/amodiaquine (ASAQ), a drug that treats and prevents malaria, during future Ebola epidemics could reduce the strain on health care facilities (9/8).

Zika Likely Spreading Undetected In Haiti, Experts Say

NPR: Why The Low Zika Numbers In Haiti Might Be Wrong “The Dominican Republic has identified nearly 1,000 pregnant women suspected of being infected with the Zika virus. Haiti, which shares the same island, has identified only 22. … Doctors at public, private, and religious hospitals say they’re seeing an…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Congressional Stalemate On U.S. Zika Response

Bloomberg View: Why Congress Needs to Vote Again on Zika Editorial Board “…[P]rogress [against Zika] on all fronts — not just drug development but mosquito eradication, diagnostic testing, and research to understand all of Zika’s effects — will be delayed without adequate federal funding. The money that the National Institutes…

U.S. ‘Must Immediately Invest’ In Efforts To Develop Zika Vaccine

Wall Street Journal: The Coming Trials of Generation Zika W. Ian Lipkin, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health “…The question is how large we will allow [Zika’s] impact to be. … The best path forward is…

Better Data ‘At The Heart’ Of Improved Public Health Responses In Vietnam

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: How Better Data Means Better Decisions in Emergencies Quang Tran, technical officer at PATH Vietnam, discusses efforts in Vietnam to improve health systems through the use of data visualizations and centralized health reporting systems, writing, “Data is at the heart of a good response. In Vietnam,…

U.S. Response To Public Health Crises, Including Zika, ‘Fragmented, Underfunded’

The Conversation: U.S. response to Zika: Fragmented and uneven Scott L. Greer, associate professor at the University of Michigan “…[W]ho is in charge during a public health crisis [in the U.S.]? Formally, a wide variety of local governments under the aegis of states. But because public health in the U.S.…

WHO, Partners Reach 7.7M People In Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign In Kinshasa, DRC

U.N. News Centre: Millions vaccinated against yellow fever in Africa in record time — U.N. health agency “Together with its partners, the United Nations health agency has vaccinated more than 7.7 million people in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in less than two weeks. These…

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