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Syria Risks Cholera Outbreak Due To Poor Sanitation, Unsafe Drinking Water, WHO Says

Reuters: Cholera feared in Syria due to dirty water, WHO warns “A cholera outbreak is feared in coming months in Syria, where other water-borne diseases such as hepatitis A and typhoid are on the rise due to poor sanitation, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday…” (Nebehay, 2/24).

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WHO Calls For European Countries To Step Up Measles Vaccination Campaigns As Outbreaks Continue Throughout Region

Reuters: WHO calls for more measles vaccination in Europe as large outbreaks persist “The World Health Organization in Europe called on Wednesday for measles vaccination campaigns to be stepped up across the region after recording 22,000 cases of the highly infectious disease since the start of 2014…” (Kelland, 2/25).

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Cholera Vaccine Stockpile Usage Successfully Prevents Outbreaks

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: In South Sudan, Vaccine Stockpiles Save Lives Helen Matzger, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes about the successful use of the cholera vaccine stockpile, “managed by World Health Organization, International Federation of the…

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Ebola-Hit Nations Push For Trials Testing Survivor Blood Transfusions As Treatment

Al Jazeera America: Blood transfusions show early promise as possible Ebola cure “…At a meeting held by the World Health Organization on Sept. 5, representatives from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia pushed for tests on whole blood and blood plasma. ‘The countries really liked the blood option more than the…

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Knowledge, Prevention Gaps Remain On How To End MERS Outbreak In Saudi Arabia, U.N. Experts Warn

BBC News: WHO calls for action over MERS virus “Too little is being done to control the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which has infected 50 people in Saudi Arabia so far this month, the World Health Organization has warned. The rising number of cases in health care facilities…

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WFP Head Appeals For More Funding, Flexibility To Achieve Zero Hunger

EurActiv: World Food Programme chief appeals for ‘more flexible’ aid “Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP), made an appeal [Monday] for more funds to fight hunger in crisis areas, but also for more flexibility on how to use the funding…” (Gotev, 2/23).

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WFP Begins Aid Delivery In Flood-Hit Malawi

U.N. News Centre: As Malawi reels from devastating floods, U.N. food agency delivers vital supplies “The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the delivery of a first round of emergency supplies to more than 288,000 people in flood-affected Malawi, providing much needed relief amid continuing rains…” (2/23).

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U.N.’s Haiti Cholera Response Coordinator Speaks About Efforts To Eliminate Disease In Interview

U.N. News Centre: Interview with Pedro Medrano Rojas, U.N. Senior Coordinator for the Cholera Response in Haiti “…Spearheading the U.N. system’s [Haiti cholera] efforts is Pedro Medrano Rojas of Chile, the senior coordinator for the cholera response in Haiti. … Mr. Medrano spoke with the U.N. News Centre as he…

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Health Officials, Doctor Concerned About Ebola Eradication, Rebound Of Disease

New York Times: Leaders of Ebola Fight at U.N. Express Worry About Eradication “The top two health officials managing the Ebola epidemic cast doubt Friday on a pledge by West African leaders to reduce new cases to zero by mid-April, and expressed concern about a possible rebound of the disease…”…

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WHO Approves Quick Test For Ebola

NPR: 15-Minute Ebola Test Approved For Fighting The Epidemic “…The World Health Organization approved the first quick test for Ebola Friday. The test gives results in about 15 minutes, instead of hours. So people infected can get treatment and be quarantined more quickly…” (Doucleff, 2/20). Reuters: WHO approves 15-minute Ebola…

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