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New York Times Examines Factors Contributing To Presence of ‘Exotic’ Infectious Diseases In New York City

“When New York City’s health department revealed last weekend that three people had contracted cholera [after traveling to the Dominican Republic], it was a reminder that the city is not just a world capital of arts, business and the like – but also of exotic diseases,” the New York Times writes in an article that explores how diseases from around the world often make their way to the city through its diverse population of travelers.

Advocates Call For Follow-Through On Decade-Old Pledge To Remove Tariffs On Malaria Treatments, Prophylactics In Africa

“Malaria prevention advocates say many lives can be saved by removing taxes and tariffs from essential commodities used to fight the disease,” VOA News reports (Schlein, 2/9). A decade ago, African leaders promised to remove tariffs on products used to fight malaria, but only six countries have actually done so, according to the Malaria Taxes and Tariffs Advocacy Project (M-TAP), which held a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Opinions: Global Fund; Accountability For Haiti Aid

Global Fund Saves Lives, ‘Not Expendable’ Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson writes of the “breathless Associated Press story” about the uncovering of some corruption in grants given by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the subsequent reaction: “When scandals fit preexisting ideological narratives, they assume a life…