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In NEJM Letter, Scientists Caution Zika May Be Spread Through Oral Sex

Fox News: Scientists say Zika may be transmitted by oral sex, kissing “Amid growing concern over an increasing number of Zika cases in the Americas, scientists are now cautioning that the usually mosquito-borne virus may be transmitted not only by vaginal sex, but also by oral sex and kissing…” (6/3).…

Unknown Hemorrhagic Disease Outbreak Affecting Northern South Sudan

NPR: Mysterious Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak Stumps Disease Detectives “…The situation in South Sudan today is a far cry from that in West Africa a few years ago. But it’s still concerning, the World Health Organization said. So far, there have been 51 cases — including 10 deaths — from an…

Blog Post Discusses Zika Response, Including Prevention, Funding

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: In Zika, as in Ebola responses, emergency responses meet status quo Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses updated guidance and recommendations from the WHO and CDC on preventing sexual transmission of the Zika virus, as well as shortfalls in…

Letter From U.N. Leadership Shows Signs Of Compromise Over Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic

The Guardian: U.N. response to Haiti cholera epidemic critics signals ‘potential breakthrough’ “The United Nations is showing the first signs of compromise over the Haiti cholera epidemic, after more than five years in which it has consistently refused to accept responsibility for a disaster that has claimed tens of thousands…

WHO Declares End Of Ebola Transmission In Guinea For 2nd Time

Reuters: Guinea declared free of active Ebola transmission: WHO “Guinea has reached the end of active Ebola virus transmission, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, the second such declaration from the country at the epicenter of the world’s worst outbreak of the disease…” (Brice/Nebehay, 6/1).

WHO Rejects Calls From Health Experts To Move, Postpone Rio Olympics Because Of Zika

Associated Press: U.N. health agency rejects Rio Olympics postponement call “The World Health Organization says there is ‘no public health justification’ for postponing or canceling the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the Zika outbreak…” (Moulson, 5/28). Deutsche Welle: WHO says ‘no public health justification’ for postponing Olympics over Zika…

WHO Zika Response Program 13% Funded, ‘Severely’ Affecting Efforts, Spokesperson Says

Agence France-Presse: WHO says Zika response plan only 13 percent funded “The World Health Organization’s Zika response program is only 13 percent funded, ‘severely’ compromising efforts to combat the virus that is increasingly becoming a global threat, the U.N. agency said Monday. But the significant funding gaps in the $17.7…

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