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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…

WHO Proposes Lower-Dose Yellow Fever Vaccinations To Stretch Supplies

Reuters: In yellow fever war, WHO readies plan to stretch vaccine supply “The worst yellow fever outbreak in decades, which has killed 325 people in Angola and spread as far as China, has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to draw up plans to eke out vaccine supplies by using…

U.S. House, Senate Conference Committee Aims To Reconcile Zika Funding Legislation

The Hill: Congress heading toward Zika conference “…The Senate agreed by a voice vote Wednesday evening to go a joint House-Senate conference committee on a wide-ranging appropriations bill that includes $1.1 billion in unpaid-for funding to combat the Zika virus…” (Carney, 6/8). New York Times: Congress Will Work on $1.1…

WHO Declares End Of Liberia’s Most Recent Ebola Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: West Africa marks end of Ebola outbreak “Liberia said Thursday it was free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases of the deadly tropical virus left in West Africa following an outbreak that began in neighboring Guinea in December 2013…” (Dosso, 6/9). Reuters: WHO declares Liberia…

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