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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…

U.S. Lawmakers Should Prioritize Zika Response, Funding

The Hill: Clock is ticking on Zika funding Katy Caldwell, CEO of Legacy Community Health “…While public health officials and providers have a sense of urgency [around the Zika virus], the federal government is dragging its feet. The head of the House Appropriations Committee recently rejected the Obama administration’s $1.8…

Reuters Examines Relationship Between Brazil’s Infrastructure Inequality, Zika

Reuters: Infrastructure inequality is catalyst for Brazil’s Zika epidemic “…Brazil made significant gains against inequality over the past decade, hauling some 40 million people out of poverty. But the Zika outbreak, detected for the first time in the Americas last year, and the worst recession in decades have exposed the…

PRI Examines U.S. Disease Outbreak Preparedness

PRI: Is the U.S. ready for the next big pandemic? “In 1994, public health experts Laurie Garrett and Stephen Ostroff warned of disturbing trends in global public health: Rising antibiotic resistance, overlooked and underfunded public health infrastructure and a frightening resurgence of old diseases we thought we’d beat. More than…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss U.S. Role In Zika Response

Chicago Sun-Times: Editorial: Fight Zika as hard as we fought Ebola Editorial Board “…[H]aving learned from [Ebola’s] unsettling experience, Congress should address Zika with the same urgency it showed for Ebola. … The U.S. leads the world in medical solutions, cures and disease eradications. Medical professionals, say top experts, need…

Devex Explores European Medical Corps’ Structure, Composition

Devex: What to know about the European Medical Corps “…[T]he European Union has [launched] the European Medical Corps, a certified team of experts and professionals in public health and emergency medical response who can be rapidly deployed in the event of an emergency. The medical corps — identified as Europe’s…

WHO Zika Emergency Committee Advises Pregnant Women To Avoid Travel To Zika-Affected Areas, Take Precautions To Prevent Sexual Transmission

News outlets discuss the outcomes of the second meeting of the WHO’s Zika emergency committee and a briefing by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. CIDRAP News: Growing Zika complication data color advice from WHO panel “Only five weeks after its first meeting, a World Health Organization (WHO) Zika emergency committee met…

Johns Hopkins Neurologist Speaks With Los Angeles Times About Zika Virus

Los Angeles Times: Could climate change be the culprit in spread of Zika virus? “…According to [Johns Hopkins University neurologist] Dr. Carlos Pardo Villamizar, warmer climates may have triggered the emergence and subsequent spread of the Zika virus by making more of the world habitable for the Aedes aegypti mosquito,…

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