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Editorial, Letters To Editor, Opinion Pieces Address Zika Virus Response

New York Times: Zika Virus Requires an Urgent Response Editorial Board “…It is imperative that the World Health Organization not repeat its sluggish response to the Ebola crisis and act urgently this time to mobilize international action [against Zika virus]. … Regrettably … the World Health Organization seems, once again,…

As WHO Predicts Spread Of Zika Throughout Americas, News Outlets Report On Various Aspects Of Virus, Vector Control

Associated Press: Health minister: Brazil is ‘losing battle’ against mosquito (Barchfield, 1/26). Associated Press: U.N.: Zika virus link to babies’ small heads ‘circumstantial’ (Keaten, 1/26). Associated Press: U.S. Virgin Islands Reports Its First Zika Virus Case (1/22). Broadly: As Zika Virus Spreads, Women Warned Against Pregnancy but Denied Family Planning…

U.K. Vulnerable To Disease Outbreaks, Commons Science Committee Report Says

News outlets discuss findings of a report from the U.K.’s Commons Science Committee on lessons from the Ebola outbreak. BBC News: U.K. is ‘vulnerable’ to next Ebola outbreak “The U.K. is vulnerable to epidemics such as Ebola because of a gaping hole in the country’s ability to manufacture vaccines, a…

WHO, Public Health Experts Call For Action To Address Emerging Disease Threats

International Business Times: How To Stop The Next Ebola Epidemic: Invest In Basic Public Health, Not Just Vaccines, Experts Say “…[P]ublic health experts say that [vaccine research and development] efforts, while important, are overshadowing less glamorous but equally vital work, like creating basic health care infrastructure that could go much…

WHO Director General Discusses Agency’s Commitment To Managing Health Emergencies

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: WHO DG Chan: Organization is ‘determined to change’ Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses WHO Director-General Margaret Chan’s Monday address to the agency’s executive board about the agency’s commitment to governance and leadership reform, as well as creating a…

Blog Provides Overview Of 8 Emerging Diseases, Accompanying R&D Efforts

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Major R&D gaps exist for eight pathogens most likely to cause next epidemic Kat Kelley, GHTC’s senior program assistant, provides “an overview of the eight diseases [identified by a WHO expert panel as the pathogens that are most likely to cause the next major epidemic]…

U.S., World Must Prepare For Future Pandemics, Strengthen Public Health Systems

Washington Post: More pandemics are inevitable, and the U.S. is grossly underprepared Editorial Board “…As the world becomes more globalized with the movement of goods and people, as climate change disrupts the environment, and as pathogens move between humans and animals, cocktails of infectious disease will form, spread, and sicken.…

Sierra Leone Reports Second Ebola Case, WHO Confirms

Agence France-Presse: New Ebola case in Sierra Leone: WHO “A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Sierra Leone, officials said Thursday, the second case since West Africa celebrated a declared end to the epidemic last week…” (Johnson, 1/20). Reuters: Sierra Leone confirms new Ebola case, second in less…

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