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Scientists Keep Vigilant Watch For 4 Viruses With Outbreak Potential

Scientific American: The Next Zika “…Scientific papers are filled with illnesses to watch. Four particular viruses now stand out to virologists and epidemiologists, although it is not certain any of the ailments will become the next Zika or West Nile virus. But researchers give several reasons to keep a close…

Researchers On Alert After Isolated Case Of Mayaro Virus Found In Haiti

NPR: Why Scientists Are Keeping An Eye On A Little-Known Virus “…[T]he new finding [of an isolated case of mosquito-borne Mayaro virus in Haiti], reported in the November issue of a CDC journal, suggests the need for vigilance — along with more research into why viral epidemics seem to be…

Used To Treat Onchocerciasis, Ivermectin Could Play Role In Malaria Control, Elimination

Tropical Health Matters: Malaria, Onchocerciasis, and Ivermectin — Possibility of Eliminating Two Diseases Bill Brieger, professor in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, discusses the potential synergies of using ivermectin to treat onchocerciasis and prevent malaria. “Because of the need to find new and…

Guatemala Eliminates Onchocerciasis Through Public-Private Partnerships; Disease Remains Endemic In Areas Of South America, Africa

Humanosphere: Eradicating river blindness in Guatemala scratches the surface of a global problem Humanosphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses Guatemala’s successful efforts to eliminate onchocerciasis, or river blindness, writing that the country’s progress “only scratches the surface of the effort to eradicate the neglected tropical disease worldwide.” Nikolau notes, “In the Americas,…

Integrated, Coordinated Efforts Across Sectors Critical To Controlling, Eliminating NTDs

Huffington Post: Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Best Buy in Global Health Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health and child and maternal survival coordinator at USAID “…This year marks 10 years of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) addressing [neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)] and contributing to the WHO…

USAID, Partners Announce $6B Over Next 5 Years To Address NTDs Globally

USAID: USAID & Partners Announce $6 Billion To Expand Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) [Friday] announced new partnerships to help countries eliminate and control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Over the next five years new and expanded partnerships will provide 1.3 billion treatments, leverage…

Data Reveal ‘Unprecedented’ 979M People Treated Globally For At Least 1 NTD In 2015

WHO: Neglected tropical diseases: unprecedented 979 million people treated in 2015 alone “The World Health Organization (WHO) has released data for 2015 showing that a record 979 million people benefited from large-scale treatment of at least one neglected tropical disease in 2015 alone. This unprecedented achievement may be the first…

Kaiser Health News/NPR Examine U.S. FDA’s Priority Review Voucher Program

Kaiser Health News/NPR: Are Golden Tickets That Speed Drugs Through FDA Worthwhile? “…Members of Congress, the pharmaceutical industry, and rare disease advocates have passionately supported [priority review] vouchers as a way to spur development of drugs for rare and neglected diseases. But skeptics, including FDA officials and some academics, have…

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