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Lassa Fever Kills 9 In Benin; No Ebola Detected, Country, WHO Officials Say

Associated Press: Benin says Lassa fever kills 9, no Ebola found “Nine people have died in Benin from Lassa fever, a viral disease common in West Africa with symptoms similar to Ebola, the country’s health minister said. … But so far no Ebola cases have been confirmed in Benin, Health…

Attention On Ebola Epidemic Distracts From Chikungunya Outbreak In Latin America, Caribbean

The Guardian: Chikungunya: Ebola pushes South American epidemic out of the spotlight “The Americas are experiencing an epidemic that has been largely ignored by the rest of the world as it focuses on West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. The debilitating mosquito-borne chikungunya virus has infected almost one million people since it…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss Obama’s Emergency Ebola Funding Request

Houston Chronicle: Too Ebola-focused Editorial Board “…According to Dr. Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, [Chagas and] other tropical diseases afflict some 12 million people in the United States. Hotez told the Chronicle last week that the Obama…

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).

Opinion Pieces, Letter To Editor Discuss Issues Related To Ebola Epidemic

New York Times: Epidemics of Confusion Lawrence Altman, senior scholar at the Wilson Center and former New York Times senior medical correspondent New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Big Pharma and Ebola John Castellani, president and chief executive at Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America The Hill: Role for…

CDC Issues ‘Watch’ Alert For Chikungunya In Caribbean; At Least 800K Affected In Region

New York Times: A Mosquito-Borne Virus Sweeps the Caribbean “…[A]t least 800,000 people this year in the Caribbean and surrounding nations … contracted the chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-GUN-ya) virus, a mosquito-borne illness similar to dengue, which causes fever and muscle pain that is sometimes severe. … Nearly 1,500 travelers to the…

New Type Of Chikungunya Appears In Brazil

Scientific American: New Type of More Problematic Mosquito-Borne Illness Detected in Brazil “…[N]ew findings from Brazil suggest that [the risk of chikungunya in] the Americas could be on the rise. Pedro Vasconcelos, director of the Evandro Chagas Institute, Brazil’s confirmatory laboratory, warns that in one of the country’s 26 states…

New Faster Diagnostic Test For River Blindness Less Expensive, Painful

Devex: New tool makes diagnosing river blindness faster, cheaper, and less painful “…With funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH worked with the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and South Korea-based manufacturing firm Standard Diagnostics to roll out the new diagnostic tool, which they hope will play…