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Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Spreading To U.S., Worldwide; Experts Call For Prevention Methods, Including Vaccine Development

Forbes: With First Texas Zika Case, Vaccine Desperately Needed, Expert Says “…[Peter Hotez, director of Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development in Houston,] called [Zika’s] threat unprecedented in modern years because the only disease that compares is rubella, a relatively mild illness but which causes birth defects in the…

Russia Has Developed Two Ebola Vaccines, President Putin, Health Minister Announce

ABC News: Vladimir Putin’s Claim That Russia Has Invented World’s Best Ebola Drug Meets Skepticism “Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised health officials across the world today when he announced that his country has invented the world’s most effective drug against Ebola. … But experts immediately raised doubts about Putin’s claims…”…

Suicide Bomber Targets Polio Center In Pakistan’s Quetta, Killing At Least 14 People; Most Victims Police Preparing To Protect Vaccinators

Associated Press: Suicide attack on Pakistan polio center kills 15 “A suicide attack on a polio vaccination center in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday killed 15 people, mainly police who had gathered to escort health workers, who have been repeatedly targeted in recent years by Islamic militants, officials said…” (Sattar/Shahzad, 1/13).…

WHO To Declare End Of Ebola Outbreak This Week; West Africa Takes Stock Of Economic Damage, Assesses Preparations For Next Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: WHO to declare Ebola outbreak over “The two-year Ebola epidemic which laid waste to communities across West Africa and killed more than 11,000 people is due to be declared over Thursday with Liberia expecting the all-clear…” (Dosso, 1/13). Agence France-Presse: West Africa counts economic cost as Ebola outbreak…

South-East Asia Region Marks 5 Years Without Wild Poliovirus Case, WHO Announces

U.N. News Centre: Five polio-free years in South-East Asia Region, announces U.N. health agency “The United Nations health agency [on Tuesday] announced that the South-East Asia Region has completed five years without any case of wild poliovirus … [The WHO] is underlining that completing half a decade without any case…

Latest WHO-Approved Cholera Vaccine Shows Promise Of Partnerships In Innovation, Funding

Devex: Stocking up to defeat cholera Anita Zaidi, director of the enteric and diarrheal diseases (EDD) program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…The latest [WHO-approved cholera vaccine], called Euvichol, produced by Eubiologics in South Korea, was developed in partnership with the International Vaccine Institute, also based in South…