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Obama Administration Will Veto Zika Spending Package If Senate Approves Bill

CQ HealthBeat: Friday: Senate Trouble for Zika Response Funding Package “…Senators face a decision next week on the fate of a supplemental spending package to fund efforts to battle the Zika virus. Senate rules allow the conference report to jump onto the Senate agenda and avoid amendment haggling. However, the…

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House Democrats Attempt To Force Vote On Zika Funding As July 4th Recess Approaches

The Atlantic: House Democrats Try to Force Another Vote on Zika “Congressional lawmakers started formal negotiations last week on Zika funding, but things aren’t moving fast enough for House Democrats…” (Kelly, 6/21). CQ News: Zika Spending Talks Headed for the Finish Line, But No Deal Yet “…A Democratic Senate conferee…

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Pediatric Specialists Must Employ New Strategies To Address Zika Among Children In Americas, Hotez Says

Reuters: Zika’s impact on children will require new medical approach: expert “The spread of Zika virus through the Americas is likely to affect tens of thousands of children with a wide range of neurological and psychiatric problems in the next year, requiring a new approach to their care, a leading…

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Experts Discuss Disease Outbreak Preparedness, Zika Response At U.N. Meeting On Global Health Crises

Associated Press: Experts Only Beginning to Grasp the Damage From Zika Virus “Even though the explosive spread of the Zika virus has been met with a new level of international response, thanks to lessons learned from the Ebola crisis, experts warn they are only beginning to grasp the damage the…

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Starting ART Early May Reduce Risk Of Developing More Serious HIV-Related Infections, WHO-Supported Studies Confirm

WHO: WHO confirms antiretroviral therapy reduces the risk of life-threatening HIV-related infections “Adults and children with HIV who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) as early as possible reduce their risk of developing serious HIV-related infections, according to new findings published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases on 15 June 2016…” (6/20).

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WHO/PAHO Release Updated Zika Strategic Response Plan, Call For $121.9M In Funding

Reuters: WHO says 122 million dollars needed for global response to Zika virus “Almost $122 million is needed to prevent and manage the medical complications of the Zika virus spreading throughout the Americas and causing birth defects in babies, the World Health Organization said on Friday…” (Kelland, 6/17). VOA News:…

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Zika Spreading Rapidly In Puerto Rico, According To Blood Donation Screenings, U.S. Health Officials Say

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: CDC: Zika spreading rapidly in Puerto Rico, blood donations suggest “The Zika virus has gained a startling foothold in Puerto Rico based on the number of blood donations that have tested positive for the disease, federal health officials said Friday…” (Bentley, 6/17). New York Times: Number of Zika-Positive…

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Bill Gates Discusses Disease Prevention, Medical R&D, U.S. Global Health In STAT Interview

STAT: Philanthropist Bill Gates talks public health, biotech, and the race for the White House “…Gates, 60, is arguably Harvard’s most famous dropout, but he was back in Boston on Thursday to speak at the opening session of the American Society of Microbiology’s annual scientific conference, Microbe. Before that event,…

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Congressional Negotiations Continue Over Zika Funding As CDC Reports 6 U.S. Cases Of Birth Defects Linked To Virus

The Atlantic: Will Congress Reach an Agreement on Zika? “In the nearly four months since the Obama administration issued its $1.9 billion Zika funding request, congressional lawmakers have publicly bickered over each chamber’s response to the virus. This week, select members met formally for the very first time to begin…

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Gene-Altered Mosquitoes Likely To Be Used As Disease Prevention Method, Bill Gates Says

Bloomberg News: Gates Says Altered Mosquito Is Next Weapon to Fight Malaria “Bring on the genetically modified mosquitoes, Bill Gates says. In recent years, biologists armed with a new gene-editing technology have proposed altering mosquitoes so they’re more resistant to diseases like malaria and dengue. Using a mechanism known as…

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