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Puerto Rico At Risk Of Large Zika Outbreak, U.S. Health Officials Say

USA TODAY: CDC: Puerto Rico could be hit hard by Zika “The Zika virus could hit Puerto Rico hard in the coming months, with the potential for tens of thousands of cases, a federal official said Wednesday. … Puerto Rico is battling outbreaks of two other diseases spread by the…

Brazil Says ‘Most’ Confirmed Microcephaly Cases Associated With Zika; Colombia Records No Microcephaly Cases Yet, Says Initial Estimates Too High

Reuters: Brazil says ‘most’ of confirmed microcephaly cases linked to Zika “Brazil’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday that most of the 508 confirmed cases of microcephaly reported in the country are likely related to the ongoing outbreak of Zika virus, and called its previous count too conservative…” (Prada, 2/17). Reuters:…

Argentina Facing Worst Dengue Outbreak In 7 Years

New York Times: Argentina Battles Major Outbreak of Dengue as Mosquito Population Swells “Argentina is grappling with its worst outbreak of dengue in seven years as the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which also transmit the Zika virus, expands in the subtropical northeast of the country. … There were nearly…

Burundi Facing Possible ‘Major Crisis’ Of Malnutrition, Disease, UNICEF Warns

The Guardian: Burundi close to ‘major crisis’ as hunger and disease take hold, warns UNICEF “Political violence, malnutrition, and the looming threats of malaria and cholera have pushed Burundi to the brink of a ‘major crisis,’ the U.N. children’s agency, UNICEF, has warned. … Bo Viktor Nylund, UNICEF’s representative in…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Zika, Opportunities To Improve Health Systems

Thomson Reuters Foundation: What Dengue and Ebola can teach us about Zika Elhadj As Sy, secretary general at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies “…Health systems alone could not effectively respond to Ebola, and they will not be able to cope with the Zika outbreak. Governments…

Kaiser Family Foundation Web Briefing Discusses Zika Virus, U.S. Response

Kaiser Family Foundation: Web Briefing for Media — The Zika Virus: What’s Next in the U.S. and Abroad? The Kaiser Family Foundation held a web briefing for journalists on Wednesday, February 17, during which Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Tom Frieden, director of…

Blog Posts Discuss Various Aspects Of Zika Outbreak, Response

American Enterprise Institute’s “Ideas”: Venezuela’s health crisis, including Zika outbreak, threatens the region Roger F. Noriega, an AEI visiting fellow who coordinates AEI’s program on Latin America, discusses Venezuela’s health care system and the threat of Zika virus. He writes, “Political instability, social upheaval, and a crumbling health care system…

WHO Launches $56M Global Zika Response Plan

News outlets discuss the release of the WHO’s Zika response plan. CIDRAP News: WHO unveils Zika game plan, mosquito-control assessment “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Tuesday] released the details of a joint strategy to battle Zika virus, which will cost $56 million to implement, and weighed in on mosquito control,…

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