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Mexico Reports First Locally Transmitted Case Of Chikungunya Virus

Reuters: Mexico detects first case of mosquito-borne chikungunya virus “Mexico has detected its first domestic case of the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya in the southwest of the country, the state government of Chiapas said on Saturday…” (Gomez/Graham, 11/15).

Wall Street Journal Reports On Record Dengue Outbreaks Across Asia

Wall Street Journal: Dengue Fever Outbreaks Strike Asia “Though much of the world is focused on the Ebola virus, pockets of Asia are struggling with record outbreaks of a mosquito-borne infectious disease called dengue fever, which has no specific drug treatment…” (Wang, 11/14).

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

New York Times: The Shifting Ebola Epidemic Editorial Board “Recent gains in controlling the Ebola epidemic in West Africa have been encouraging, but they offer no reason for complacency. … Given the changing shape of the epidemic, United Nations and American officials are considering a more nimble response that would…

U.S. Should Rethink Cuban Medical Defection Program

New York Times: A Cuban Brain Drain, Courtesy of the U.S. Editorial Board “…It is incongruous for the United States to value the contributions of Cuban doctors who are sent by their government to assist in international crises like the 2010 Haiti earthquake while working to subvert that government by…

Blog Posts Address Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Welcoming the G20’s Commitment To Stop Ebola and Strengthen Global Health Security Gayle Smith, special assistant to President Obama and senior director at the National Security Council, writes, “[The G20] communique signals a commitment on the part of the world’s largest and most powerful countries…

FHWC Releases Policy Recommendations On Improving Health Workforce

Frontline Health Workers Coalition: Building a Resilient, Sustainable Health Workforce to Respond to Ebola and Other Future Threats FHWC recently released policy recommendations to address the “urgent need for increased support for frontline health workers and the systems that support them in the [West African] region and around the world”…

IMF To Discuss Debt Relief For Ebola-Hit West African Nations After U.S. Proposes Move

News outlets report on a possible move by the International Monetary Fund to forgive the debt of West African nations worst-hit by Ebola. Inter Press Service: U.S. Proposes Major Debt Relief for Ebola-Hit Countries “The United States proposed Tuesday that the international community write off 100 million dollars in debt…

MSF Waited Too Long To Ask For Ebola Vaccine, Aid Group Veteran Says

Reuters: Exclusive: MSF should have called for Ebola vaccine earlier, says aid group veteran “Médecins Sans Frontières ‘wasted time’ by waiting too long to call for vaccines to fight an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, a veteran of the medical charity told Reuters. … [T]he emergency group relied…