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South Sudan Faces Cholera Outbreak, Refugee Crisis

News outlets report on the cholera outbreak and refugee crisis in South Sudan. Associated Press: Cholera threatens thousands in South Sudan: agency “An outbreak of cholera is putting thousands of lives at risk in parts of South Sudan, worsening the country’s humanitarian crisis amid ongoing violence, the aid group Save the…

U.N.’s Ban Calls For Intensified Efforts To Address Cholera Epidemic In Haiti

News outlets report on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s visit to Haiti, where he called for intensified water and sanitation efforts and an end to the cholera epidemic. Reuters: U.N. chief makes ‘pilgrimage’ to Haiti to address cholera crisis “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew to Haiti on Monday for what…

U.S.-India Partnership Must Include Engagement In Public Health

Huffington Post: Fulfilling the U.S. and India’s Extraordinary Promise Through Public Health Akash Goel, resident physician in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to the United States has ushered in a wave of newly found interest and enthusiasm in U.S.-India engagement. There…

UNICEF, WHO Bolstering Efforts To Prevent Marburg Fever’s Spread In Uganda

Xinhua/GlobalPost: U.N. agencies beef up efforts to battle deadly Marburg fever “To avoid the rapid spread of deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever in Uganda, U.N. agencies are beefing up the country’s efforts to fight the virulent disease that has so far left one person dead and over 109 others under close…

Jamaica Declares ‘National Emergency’ Over Chikungunya Outbreak

Telesur: Jamaica Declares State of Emergency over Chikungunya Virus “Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller announced that the island nation is in a ‘national emergency’ this week over the outbreak of chikungunya…” (10/19).

Fiji Health Department Taking Steps To Address Dengue Fever Outbreak

ABC News Australia: 11 people confirmed dead, 10,000 infected in Fiji dengue fever outbreak “Fiji’s Health Department has confirmed 11 people have died and over 10,000 others have been infected during an outbreak of dengue fever. The department’s launched a major campaign to get rid of possible breeding areas for…

More Polio Cases Reported In Cameroon

Global Dispatch: Polio Transmission Continues In Cameroon “The transmission of polio continues into 2014 in the west Central African country of Cameroon, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Wednesday. Two new wild poliovirus 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week, with onset of paralysis on 6…

Dengue ‘Hot Spots’ In Fiji Increase

The Fiji Times reports on a dengue fever outbreak in the country. The Fiji Times: Dengue hot spots increase “People living in the Western Division [of Fiji] are being urged to take the necessary precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus because cases are now being…