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Europe Risks Re-Introduction Of Polio From Israel, Report Says

“Europe is at risk of a re-introduction of polio, more than a decade after the region was declared free of the disease, after the disfiguring virus was found in sewage in Israel, according to a European Union report [.pdf]” released this week, Bloomberg News reports. “Poliovirus was identified in 91…

Researchers Making Progress In Developing Universal, H7N9 Influenza Vaccines

Researchers this week reported in the journal Nature Medicine that they are closer to producing a universal vaccine for influenza, “a constantly shifting target” necessitating new seasonal flu vaccines each year, BBC News reports. Ajit Lalvani of Imperial College London, “who led the study, told the BBC: ‘It’s a blueprint…

Congress Should Reconsider Budget Cuts For Biomedical Research

“Besides the prospect of a government shutdown or a default on the national debt, the most destructive aspect of the federal budget impasse is the sequester’s damage to basic scientific research, especially biomedical research,” Roll Call columnist Morton Kondracke writes in the news service’s “Beltway Insiders” blog. “The sequester demand[ed]…

Scores Of Children Sickened In India After Being Given Wrong Vaccine

“A government committee in the Indian state of West Bengal will submit its report Tuesday on a medical error that saw the wrong vaccine administered to more than a hundred children under the age of five,” TIME reports. “More than half of the children — who were vaccinated at a…

Singapore Reports Recent Surge In Number Of Dengue Fever Infections

“Singapore has reported a jump in dengue fever infections in recent weeks, and the epidemic is likely to drag on for a few months longer than usual, according to experts,” the Wall Street Journal’s “South East Asia Real Time” blog reports. With more than 16,000 cases reported so far this year,…

New Meningitis Vaccine Nearly Eliminated Disease In Chad, Study Says

“Use of a new vaccine in Chad has all but eliminated meningitis, according to a study that boosts the prospects for defeating one of the most feared infections across central Africa,” the Financial Times reports. “Just 57 cases of meningitis were identified last year in regions of Chad where MenAfriVac had…

Examining Women’s Role In Polio Eradication

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Rachel Lonsdale, a communications officer at the foundation, examines “the critical role women vaccinators are playing in eradicating polio.” She highlights an article published in The Independent this week, which profiles a vaccinator in Pakistan named Gulnaz Sherazi. She…

PLOS Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS Medicine

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights a number of new articles published in the current issue of PLOS Medicine. Jessica Haberer and colleagues report that high adherence to antiretroviral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for people in serodiscordant relationships, “achieved in the setting of active adherence monitoring and counseling support, is…

Israel Announces Polio Virus Found In Jerusalem Sewers

In the midst of a nationwide polio vaccination campaign, Israel’s health ministry on Monday announced “[p]olio virus has been found in Jerusalem’s sewers for the first time since Israel eliminated the disease,” the New York Times reports. “In June, the virus was found in sewage in Rahat, a small city…

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