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More Than 2.5M People In Asia, Africa At Risk Of Zika Infection, Analysis Shows

Associated Press: Where’s Zika going next? Maybe China, India, or Nigeria “Scientists trying to predict the future path of Zika say that 2.6 billion people living in parts of Asia and Africa could be at risk of infection, based on a new analysis of travel, climate, and mosquito patterns in…

Singaporeans Take Precautions Against Zika As Case Count Rises To 151

Associated Press: Singapore in battle mode against Zika after infections rise “Singapore is encouraging residents to use insect repellent, clear blockages in drains, and wear long-sleeved clothing to protect themselves from mosquitoes after the number of Zika infections rose to 151 in the city-state…” (Liang, 9/2). Reuters: Cover up, stay…

Guinea-Bissau Zika Cases Not Same Viral Strain As Latin America’s, WHO Says

Agence France-Presse: Guinea-Bissau Zika cases not from Americas strain: WHO “Zika cases found in Guinea-Bissau do not stem from the virus strain linked to a surge in birth defects in Latin America, the World Health Organization said. … While the African strain of the virus found in the country had…

Yellow Fever Outbreak In Angola, DRC Not Public Health Emergency But Remains Serious, WHO Says

CIDRAP News: WHO: Yellow fever not a public health emergency “[Wednesday] the World Health Organization (WHO) held its second emergency committee meeting on yellow fever under the International Health Regulations and said the current outbreak in West Africa still does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)…”…

U.S. Congress Should Fund Response To Zika Virus, Support Research Efforts

Washington Post: CDC and NIH officials: Congress is showing how not to fight the Zika virus Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH “…Without additional [Zika] funds, the path…

Global Health Preparedness Critical For Effective Disease Outbreak Responses

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: On Global Health and Being “Prepared” Rebecca Martin, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health, discusses global health preparedness in the context of measles elimination, writing, “Being ‘prepared’ can be defined as having the right tools and the right workforce in place to respond and…

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