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Zika Virus Outbreak Highlights Women’s Reproductive Health Challenges In Latin America; U.S. Could Use Diplomatic Leverage To Improve Access To Services, Kaiser Family Foundation Brief Suggests

USA TODAY: Zika highlights lack of access to contraception, abortion in Latin America “The Zika outbreak spreading throughout Latin American and the Caribbean is shedding light on what women’s health advocates call an equally important public health crisis: the lack of contraception and basic maternity care in much of the…

U.S. Government, Nonprofit Agencies Working To Prevent Zika From Entering Blood Supply

Bloomberg Business: U.S. to Halt Blood Donation by Travelers to Areas With Zika “…The Food and Drug Administration is working with other government agencies and with blood collection establishments ‘to rapidly implement appropriate donor deferral measures for travelers who have visited affected regions in order to protect the blood supply…

WHO Establishes Zika Response Unit, Warns Africa, Asia Of Outbreak’s Possible Spread

Agence France-Presse: World health officials mobilize on Zika threat “World health officials mobilized with emergency response plans and funding pleas Tuesday as fears grow that the Zika virus, blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies, could spread globally and threaten the Summer Olympics…” (Smith, 2/2). BBC News:…

CSIS Blog Post Examines WHO, U.S. Government Responses To Zika Virus Outbreak In LAC

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Zika Virus J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president and director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses the similarities and discrepancies among the WHO’s and U.S. government’s responses to the Zika virus and associated birth defects in Latin America and…

WHO Declares Zika Virus, Association With Birth Defects, International Public Health Emergency

News outlets report on the WHO’s declaration of Zika virus as a public health emergency of international concern, including Director-General Margaret Chan’s statement on the issue. Agence France-Presse: WHO declares international health emergency over Zika “The World Health Organization on Monday said a surge in serious birth defects in South…

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