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Ebola Epidemic Underscores ‘Recurrent Saga Of Dysfunctional Health Care Systems’

NPR: Ebola: We May Have Won The Battle But We Haven’t Won The War Karin Huster, clinical instructor of global health at the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health “…Today, 24 months into the epidemic, the latest recurrence of the virus in Guinea is, ironically, the perfect simulation exercise…

Congress Adjourns For Spring Break Without Voting On Supplemental Funding For Zika Response

CQ HealthBeat: Appropriators Split on Zika Response, CDC Gun-Violence Research “Democrats could eventually persuade Republicans in Congress to agree to provide some extra funds for addressing the Zika virus, according to a top House appropriator. House Republicans are still evaluating whether extra funds are needed to combat Zika, a mosquito-borne…

NPR Interviews IRC Official About New Analysis Examining Lessons Of Ebola Epidemic Responses

NPR: Politics And Ebola Are Not Such Strange Bedfellows, Report Says “…[T]he International Rescue Committee [on Wednesday issued] a new report on the [Ebola] epidemic and its aftermath. (Actually it’s an analysis of previous Ebola reports from the World Health Organization, Bill Gates, the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, and…

Guinea Identifies Additional Ebola Cases; At Least 5 Dead In Flare-Up

Agence France-Presse: At least 5 dead in Guinea Ebola flare-up: health officials “Ebola has likely killed five people in Guinea after re-emerging in the country’s south, health authorities said Tuesday, as Liberia announced it was closing their shared border to guard against the spread of the virus…” (Bah, 3/22). Bloomberg…

Guinea Monitors 816 Contacts Of New Ebola Cases; Liberia Closes Border With Guinea; MSF Specialist Urges Continued Precautions Among Health Workers

Reuters: Guinea monitoring 816 Ebola contacts following flare-up “Guinea’s Ebola coordination unit has traced an estimated 816 people who may have come into contact with victims of the disease or their corpses during a recent flare-up in a village in the country’s southeast, a health official said on Monday…” (Samb/Bavier,…

WHO Sends Emergency Response Team To Guinea After Ebola Resurfaces; At Least 4 Dead

Agence France-Presse: Ebola clinic reopens in Guinea after virus resurfaces “A medical charity said Friday it had reopened its specialist Ebola clinic in southern Guinea to treat an infected woman and her child after the virus killed at least two of their relatives…” (3/18). Associated Press: WHO sends specialists in…

Analysis Of French Polynesia Zika Outbreak Shows 1 In 100 Risk Of Microcephaly

News outlets report on a study published Tuesday in The Lancet showing the risk of microcephaly among infants born during a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia. New York Times: Study of Zika Outbreak Estimates 1 in 100 Risk of Microcephaly “During a recent outbreak of the Zika virus in French…

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