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World Unprepared For Widespread Yellow Fever Outbreak, Experts Warn

Nature: Fears rise over yellow fever’s next move “As the largest outbreak of yellow fever in almost 30 years continues to spread in Angola, scientists are warning that the world is ill-prepared for what would be a public health calamity: the re-emergence of urban epidemics of the deadly infection, which…

Interruption Of Polio Transmission Possible Within 12 Months, WHO Says

The Guardian: Polio cases could be wiped out within 12 months, says World Health Organization “The World Health Organization is confident polio is in its dying days and could be eradicated within 12 months, despite challenges in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the virus is still endemic and vaccination campaigns are…

U.S. Must Prepare For Potential Spread Of Zika Virus

New York Times: Zika Is Coming Peter J. Hotez, pediatrician and microbiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine “…If mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus reach the United States later this spring or summer, [Houston, New Orleans, Miami, Biloxi,…

Global R&D Efforts To Address Emerging Infectious Diseases Should Build Upon Lessons From U.S. Biodefense Product Development

Nature Biotechnology: Preparing for the next Zika Kendall Hoyt, assistant professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and Richard Hatchett, acting director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority “…The development of new biomedical countermeasures — vaccines, therapies, and diagnostic — requires the coordination of a wide…

Philippines Launches First School-Based Dengue Fever Immunization Campaign

CNN: World’s first dengue fever vaccine launched in the Philippines “…The Philippines’ Department of Health launched a school-based immunization program in highly affected areas, making it the first country where the vaccine is commercially available…” (East, 4/6).

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