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Health Authorities Prepare For Possible Zika Outbreak On Mainland Africa

Reuters: Back to its roots: how Zika may threaten Africa “…According to new data from Cape Verde’s health ministry, more than 7,000 cases of Zika have been recorded in the country since the beginning of the epidemic in October 2015 … Regional health officials told Reuters they were most worried…

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Wall Street Journal Examines Traditional, Innovative, Controversial Mosquito-Control Measures

Wall Street Journal: Fighting the ‘Cockroach of Mosquitoes’ “Experts working to halt the spread of the Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses face a stubborn foe in the main mosquito that transmits them, and some of the many methods under consideration for fighting them are stirring controversy. The Aedes aegypti mosquito…

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India Launches National Framework For Malaria Elimination

News outlets report on India’s launch of a National Framework for Malaria Elimination. Financial Express: JP Nadda launches National Framework for Malaria Elimination “JP Nadda, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), launched the National Framework for Malaria Elimination (NFME) 2016-2030 in New Delhi, which outlines India’s strategy for…

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Opinion Pieces Discuss Potential Unintended Consequences Of Zika Response

Huffington Post: Zika and Rubella: Vaccine Lessons for Our Future Robert Marion, chief of genetic medicine in the department of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center “…The [MMR vaccine that helped curb rubella-related congenital abnormalities] was almost a miracle. But one…

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Global Community Must Coordinate Efforts To Eradicate Polio

New England Journal of Medicine: A World Free of Polio — The Final Steps Manish Patel, member of the Task Force for Global Health, and Walter Orenstein, associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center “…[In the process of removing all oral polio vaccines (OPVs) over the long term, c]oordinated communication…

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News Outlets Examine Zika’s History, Related Viruses, Other Diseases Responsible For Microcephaly

The Atlantic: The Zika Virus’s Family Tree “…The yellow fever virus that plagued Memphis [in 1878] eventually lent the Latin version of its name (‘flavus,’ meaning ‘yellow’) to the group of viruses that share its molecular characteristics. In addition to yellow fever, the flaviviruses include West Nile, dengue, Japanese encephalitis,…

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Latin American Health Authorities Face Challenges In Preventing Zika But Use Many Methods

Agence France-Presse: Fish, other mosquitoes now warriors in Zika battle “With larva-chomping fish and genetically modified insects, Latin Americans are deploying legions of little helpers to destroy mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus in the world’s latest mass health scare…” (Marquez et al., 2/10). Associated Press: In Central America, gangs an…

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Ugandan Parliamentary Committees Recommend Closing AIDS Commission To Cut Costs; Activists Object

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Key Ugandan HIV control body under pressure to close, activists object “Two parliamentary committees want to cut costs by closing down the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC), set up 24 years ago to oversee and coordinate HIV prevention and control — despite activists’ fears that this could damage…

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India Begins Deworming Campaign Aimed At Millions Of Children Nationwide

Associated Press: India launches campaign for deworming millions of children “Millions of Indian children are getting deworming treatment in a massive national campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting them and impairing their mental and physical development. … The campaign is targeting 270 million children across the country for Wednesday’s…

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Questions Persist In Mosquito Gene-Editing Debate

The Guardian: Should we wipe mosquitoes off the face of the Earth? Archie Bland, writer and commissioning editor for the Saturday Guardian “…Whatever the priorities, no scientist disputes that if the technology were to be perfected, the gene-drive plan [to alter the genetic code of male Aedes aegypti — the…

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