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Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Infographic On Zika Outbreak

Kaiser Family Foundation: The 2015-2016 Zika Outbreak A new Kaiser Family Foundation infographic offers key facts about the Zika virus, tracks the increasing number of countries reporting local transmission of the virus from January 2015-March 2016, and examines how U.S. government agencies are responding to Zika (3/31).

New CSIS Report Examines Polio Outbreak In Ukraine

Center for Strategic & International Studies: Polio in Ukraine In this report, Judyth Twigg, director of the Eurasia Health Project and senior associate (non-resident) in the Russia and Eurasia Program at CSIS, discusses the August 2015 polio outbreak in Ukraine. The summary states that the outbreak “laid bare the degree to which…

Devex Interviews FAO Deputy Director-General About Agency’s Zika Response

Devex: FAO: Against Zika virus, no one can fight alone “…Devex spoke to Food and Agriculture Organization Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo about her personal experience with the [Zika] virus and FAO’s recommendations to minimize the threat by reducing the spread of the virus…” (Donelli, 3/30).

7 Dead Of Ebola In Latest Outbreak In Guinea

Agence France-Presse: Death toll rises to 7 in Guinea Ebola outbreak “A resurgence of Ebola in a rural Guinean community has killed seven people, health officials said Wednesday, even as the World Health Organization voiced confidence that remaining isolated cases could be contained…” (3/30).

Megacities’ Crowded Conditions Increase Likelihood Of Climate-Related Diseases

SciDev.Net: Megacities worsen climate-prone diseases “Crowded conditions in developing world megacities can dramatically increase the effect of climate on infectious diseases, say researchers. … [T]he study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week (28 March), found that a higher baseline of rotavirus infection in the…

WHO Declares End To Ebola As Public Health Emergency Of International Concern

News outlets report on statements from the WHO IHR Emergency Committee on Ebola and Director-General Margaret Chan declaring an end to Ebola as an international health emergency. Associated Press: WHO: Ebola no longer world health emergency “The World Health Organization said Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no…

Washington Post Examines Path Of Zika From South Pacific To U.S.

Washington Post: Zika’s terrifying path “…Crossing four continents since the first major outbreak nine years ago, Zika’s painful path now touches an Olympic runner in California, and before her a nurse from Indiana, pregnant women in Colombia, a misshapen infant in Brazil, immunologists in Bethesda, Md., all the way back…

To Hold U.N. Accountable For Haitian Cholera Outbreak, ‘Think Outside The Legal Box’

Washington Post: Thousands died when the U.N. brought cholera to Haiti. Here’s why it’s getting off scot-free. Mara Pillinger and Michael N. Barnett of George Washington University, and Ian Hurd of Northwestern University “Who pays the costs when United Nations operations go wrong? This hypothetical question became very real in…

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