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Guinea Monitors 816 Contacts Of New Ebola Cases; Liberia Closes Border With Guinea; MSF Specialist Urges Continued Precautions Among Health Workers

Reuters: Guinea monitoring 816 Ebola contacts following flare-up “Guinea’s Ebola coordination unit has traced an estimated 816 people who may have come into contact with victims of the disease or their corpses during a recent flare-up in a village in the country’s southeast, a health official said on Monday…” (Samb/Bavier,…

WHO Sends Emergency Response Team To Guinea After Ebola Resurfaces; At Least 4 Dead

Agence France-Presse: Ebola clinic reopens in Guinea after virus resurfaces “A medical charity said Friday it had reopened its specialist Ebola clinic in southern Guinea to treat an infected woman and her child after the virus killed at least two of their relatives…” (3/18). Associated Press: WHO sends specialists in…

Analysis Of French Polynesia Zika Outbreak Shows 1 In 100 Risk Of Microcephaly

News outlets report on a study published Tuesday in The Lancet showing the risk of microcephaly among infants born during a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia. New York Times: Study of Zika Outbreak Estimates 1 in 100 Risk of Microcephaly “During a recent outbreak of the Zika virus in French…

At Least 250 People Dead In Angolan Yellow Fever Epidemic

Agence France-Presse: Yellow fever death toll rises to at least 250 in Angola “A yellow fever epidemic in Angola has killed at least 250 people since the end of December and continues to spread, stretching limited resources, doctors and officials said Tuesday. The head of the Luanda pediatrics hospital, Mateus…

Bipartisan Policy Center Panel Discussion Examines U.S. Response To Zika Outbreak

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: From PEPFAR to Ebola response, to Zika, to next pandemic, panel looks at returns on U.S. investments in global health Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” highlights comments made at a recent panel discussion hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center…

U.S. State Department Working With Other Countries To Address Zika Outbreak

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Global Health Crisis: The Nexus of Zika and Foreign Affairs Judith G. Garber, acting assistant secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), discusses various aspects of the State Department’s response to the Zika outbreak in Latin America, writing, “The…

‘Science Speaks’ Discusses Article On Sexual Transmission Of Ebola, Lessons From HIV Response

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Comprehensive health responses and lessons from HIV can guide efforts to confront sexual transmission of Ebola Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses a recent article in Clinical Infectious Diseases, “Confronting Ebola as a Sexually Transmitted Infection,” and says that the…

News Outlet Provides Q&A On Zika Vaccine Research

Associated Press: Shots for other viruses offer clues in race for Zika vaccine “Scientists are racing to create a Zika vaccine, and while they’re starting from scratch against a poorly understood disease, copying shots for similar viruses offers a head start. A variety of potential candidates are being pursued: Simple…

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