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WHO Launches Global Strategy To Prevent Leprosy, End Associated Stigma

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency launches global strategy to end leprosy “The United Nations health agency [Wednesday] launched a new global strategy for a world free of leprosy, calling for stronger commitments and accelerated efforts to stop disease transmission and end associated discrimination and stigma…” (4/20).

World Unprepared For Widespread Yellow Fever Outbreak, Experts Warn

Nature: Fears rise over yellow fever’s next move “As the largest outbreak of yellow fever in almost 30 years continues to spread in Angola, scientists are warning that the world is ill-prepared for what would be a public health calamity: the re-emergence of urban epidemics of the deadly infection, which…

2 New Rapid Diagnostic Tests Aim To Advance Efforts To Eliminate NTDs

PATH blog: Fighting disease, fear, and fatigue Tracy Romoser, communications officer and blog editor at PATH, discusses two new rapid diagnostics tests — the biplex test and LF monoplex test — for river blindness and lymphatic filariasis (LF), writing “These tests are a continuation of PATH’s work to advance new…

Yellow Fever Deaths In Angola Rise To 225; Concerns Remain Over Vaccine Shortages

Quartz: High global vaccine prices could worsen Angola’s deadly yellow fever outbreak “…The solution [to the outbreak] so far has been to launch a massive vaccination campaign, and WHO and its partners had already vaccinated 5.7 million people by the end of March. But a global shortage of the already…

Global Community Must Avoid Complacency, Remain Proactive In Face Of Disease Threats

Nature: Viral complacency Editorial Board “…Too often in the past, the world has stumbled from epidemic to epidemic, failing to learn the lessons of the last. Emergency responses to the latest threat capture headlines, research, and political attention. But too often this attention quickly fades. … Following the Ebola epidemic…

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