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U.S. Officials Discuss Challenges Of, Responses To Zika Virus

Humanosphere: Lessons from mishandling Ebola crisis evident in Zika response Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses statements CDC Director Tom Frieden and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), made during a media briefing where they discussed the U.S. response to Zika virus, compared the…

‘Science Speaks’ Discusses Findings From Investigation Into Cambodian HIV Outbreak

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Cambodia HIV cluster highlights medical injection issues Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses an investigation published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examining a cluster of HIV infections in the Cambodian village of Roka, where most people…

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…

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