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News Outlets Report On Various Aspects Of Zika’s Global Spread, Responses To Virus

NPR: Zika In French Polynesia: It Struck Hard In 2013, Then Disappeared “…French Polynesia’s brush with Zika underscores fears that the mosquito-borne virus could cause devastating neurological problems but it also offers insights into the disease — and hope that Zika can be contained… (Beaubien, 2/9). Reuters: Zika, disease of…

Sanofi Pasteur Hopes Work On Dengue Vaccine Will Inform Zika Research; Vaccine Candidate Possible By Next Year

Bloomberg Business: Sanofi’s Brandicourt Pushes for Speedy Zika Vaccine Development “Sanofi Chief Executive Officer Olivier Brandicourt is pushing for speedy development of a Zika virus vaccine, building on the company’s success in bringing the first inoculation against dengue to market. Sanofi could start testing a vaccine candidate in people as…

CNN Program Examines Prevalence Of, Efforts To Eliminate Schistosomiasis In Africa

CNN: The snails spreading fever across Africa “…The infection at hand is schistosomiasis — also known as bilharzia — a chronic infection caused by parasitic Schistomosa worms that can live inside blood vessels for years on end causing fever, chills, and inflammation in their wake. … The challenge in controlling…

Global Trachoma Mapping Project Organizers Hope Disease Can Be Eliminated By 2020

SciDev.Net: Mapping trachoma to eradicate blindness “…Until now, lack of data on trachoma-hit areas has meant health programs did not necessarily reach the most vulnerable. In the interactive visualization below, we explore the Global Trachoma Mapping Project (GTMP). Implemented in 2012, it is the largest global mapping of infectious disease…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Zika

Huffington Post: The Zika Virus Is Hitting Poor Women The Hardest Julie Delahanty, executive director of Oxfam Canada “…The response of the international community [to the Zika virus] so far has been to tell women not to get pregnant. … Are you kidding me? It’s not as if many of…

World Bank Working With WHO, PAHO, Affected Nations To Determine Zika Response

Devex: World Bank ramps up discussions on Zika response “Zika-affected countries have requested assistance from the World Bank to respond to the outbreak, and the global financial institution is in close communication with the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and affected countries to determine what its response…