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FDA Issues Guidance To Reduce Risk Of Zika Transmission Through Blood Supply

News outlets report on new FDA guidance recommending individuals not donate blood if they have visited Zika-affected areas, possibly have been exposed to the virus, or have had Zika virus infection in order to reduce the risk of Zika transmission through the blood supply. CQ HealthBeat: Travelers to Zika Areas…

Rumor, Mystery Surround Zika As Health Authorities Continue To Learn More About Virus

New York Times: Conspiracy Theories About Zika Spread Through Brazil With the Virus “…Like Zika itself, rumors about it have replicated with viral ferocity through social media and word of mouth, frustrating the Brazilian authorities as they grapple with a poorly understood pathogen whose origins and implications are still something…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Women’s Reproductive Rights, Strengthening Health Systems In Light Of Zika Outbreak

Project Syndicate: Zika and Reproductive Rights Françoise Girard, president of the International Women’s Health Coalition “…The Zika crisis has highlighted an obvious reality: Not providing women with reproductive health information and services places their lives — and those of their children — at grave risk. … The movement for reproductive…

Innovative Technology, ‘Interoperability’ Critical To Strengthening West Africa’s Health Information Systems

Medium’s “USAID 2030”: Building a More Resilient West Africa: How Open Innovation Can Help Ann Mei Chang, chief innovation officer and executive director of the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID, discusses U.S. efforts to use innovative technology to strengthen health information systems in West Africa, emphasizing the need for “interoperability,”…

WHO, U.S. Officials Discuss Zika Diagnostics, Vaccine Development, Mosquito Control Measures

Bloomberg Business: Zika Fears Spur Pharmaceutical Gold Rush Amid Vaccine Vacuum “…More than 15 companies have been in touch with the World Health Organization about developing vaccines, and about 20 are working on diagnostic tools, the global health agency said Friday…” (Spalding, 2/15). Financial Times: Zika epidemic prompts pharma rush…

Brazil’s Military, Cabinet Ministers Educate Public In Zika Prevention Drive

The Guardian: Brazilian soldiers to be deployed in ‘mega’ Zika prevention drive “Hundreds of thousands of Brazilian soldiers are to be deployed in towns and cities in a one-day push to raise awareness of mosquito breeding grounds amid the Zika virus outbreak…” (Gayle, 2/13). New York Times: Brazil Pushes Public…

Debate Over Abortion Access In Zika-Hit Nations Continues; Latin American Catholic Leaders Reassert Church’s Position Against Contraception, Abortion

Associated Press: Brazil’s Zika-related abortion debate sparks backlash “…Alarm in recent months over the Zika virus, which many researchers believe can cause microcephaly in the fetuses of pregnant women, has prompted calls, both inside and outside Brazil, to loosen a near-ban on abortion in the world’s most populous Catholic country.…

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