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After 2 Years With No Cases, Nigeria Records 2 Polio Cases In Children

Associated Press: Nigeria reports first 2 cases of polio in years, WHO says “Nigeria has reported the first two cases of polio after more than two years, in an area newly liberated from Islamic extremists who attacked polio vaccinators in the past, the government and the World Health Organization said…

Continuous Support For Mass Treatment Could Lead To River Blindness Eradication

Los Angeles Times: Can river blindness enter the elite club of eradicated diseases? Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa “…Completely eliminating onchocerciasis [also referred to as river blindness] from all areas where it is known to exist would take the world to an extremely rare place: disease eradication. ……

WHO, Partners Continue Yellow Fever Vaccination, Prevention Efforts In Angola, DRC

U.N. News Centre: Measures to control yellow fever still needed despite drop in number of cases — U.N. health agency “The United Nations health agency and its partners are continuing their programs against yellow fever outbreaks even though the epidemic, first reported in January 2016, appears to be declining, with…

Improving Supply Chains Critical To Achieving Universal Health Coverage

Devex: Reaching the last mile: The future of medicine access for everyone Edward Wilson, director of John Snow, Inc.’s Center for Health Logistics “…Universal health coverage requires universal access to medicines, vaccines, and other health commodities. … But there’s still a long way to go, especially in reaching every person,…

U.S. Health Officials Highlight Importance Of Mosquito Control In Zika Prevention

The Hill: Top NIH doctor: Zika mosquitoes are ‘very resilient’ “The head of the government’s infectious disease center says health officials are working on a vaccine to combat the Zika virus but face tough challenges controlling the mosquitoes that spread the disease. … [National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases…

Quartz Looks At Vaccine Research, Development Amid Ebola, Zika Epidemics

Quartz: Why it takes so long to develop a vaccine against a new epidemic “…Three [Zika] vaccine candidates have been shown to work successfully in monkeys and one is being tested in a human trial, raising hopes that a vaccine may soon be available on the market. But don’t get…

WHO Continues Yellow Fever Outbreak Response Efforts In Angola, DRC

WHO: Gains in fight to control yellow fever outbreak: but response must continue “The yellow fever epidemic in Angola, first reported in late January 2016, appears to be declining, with no new cases confirmed in the last six weeks. However, WHO and partners continue to provide support to Angola as…

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