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In the midst of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a 21-year-old Guinean student came to a Dakar health clinic with symptoms of fever and diarrhea. The doctor considered Ebola, which had killed more than 1,000 people in neighboring Guinea. But the patient wasn’t bleeding. He denied having been in contact with Ebola patients […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnershipsInnovation is at the heart of SeattleOur 8 favorite photos of 2016 ;

To Use or Not to Use: the Clinical Dilemma of Antimicrobials

    Understandably frustrated after 4 weeks of mild coughing, a nicely dressed businesswoman had come for an evaluation. I looked for infection in her Read More

Think scale! Engaging Private Pharmacies to Improve Public Health 

A version of this story first appeared on IDSA’s Science Speaks platform By Emily Delmotte Lisinopril 20 mg by mouth at 8am? Check. After verifying the Read More

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NPR Examines Fear, Stigma Surrounding Zika In Puerto Rico

NPR: Living With Zika In Puerto Rico Means Watching, Waiting, And Fearing Judgment “…Since Zika appeared in Puerto Rico more than a year ago, doctors believe as many as a million people on the island have been infected. Some 40,000 cases of those cases have been confirmed, a number that includes some 3,200 pregnant women.…More


U.S. Humanitarian Aid Investments Prevent Global Destabilization

NJ.com: Trump cuts food aid while kids starve. And how do you bomb Ebola? Star-Ledger Editorial Board “Donald Trump seems to think that every problem has a military solution. But it was military and national security experts who gave the most full-throated defense of the foreign aid budget, which he’s now seeking to slash by…More


USAID Supports Expansion Of Burma’s TB Detection Capabilities

Medium: How Heroes are Fighting Tuberculosis in Burma  –  and Winning Matt Grieger, deputy team leader for outreach and communications in USAID’s Asia Bureau, discusses USAID’s efforts to address TB in Burma, including how the agency is helping the country’s government expand its TB detection capabilities (3/21).


In CSIS Podcast, U.N. Special Envoy Eric Goosby Discusses Roles Of U.S. Leadership,…

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Take as Directed”: U.N. Special Envoy on Tuberculosis Eric Goosby on Global Fight against TB Audrey Jackson, senior fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, speaks with Eric Goosby, U.N. special envoy on TB, about the importance of continued U.S. leadership in addressing TB globally.


PLOS Launches Tuberculosis Channel Featuring Research, News Articles For Various Stakeholders

PLOS Blogs’ “Speaking of Medicine”: Announcing the PLOS Tuberculosis Channel Soumya Swaminathan, secretary of the Department of Health Research in India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and Madhukar Pai, Canada research chair in epidemiology and global health at McGill University, Montreal, director of…More


Rapid Surveillance for Vector Presence (RSVP): Development of a novel system for detecting…

by Brian L. Montgomery, Martin A. Shivas, Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Jim Edwards, Nicholas A.


Vector status of <i>Aedes</i> species determines geographical risk of autochthonous…

by Lauren Gardner, Nan Chen, Sahotra Sarkar Background The 2015-16 Zika virus pandemic originating in Latin America led to predictions of a catastrophic global spread of the disease. Since the current outbreak began in Brazil in May 2015 local transmission of Zika has been reported in over 60 countries and territories, with over 750 thousand confirmed and suspected cases.


Announcing the PLOS Tuberculosis Channel

Soumya Swaminathan and Madhukar Pai announce the launch of the PLOS Tuberculosis Chanel This post also appears on the PLOS Channels & Collections Blog. Today, World TB Day, sees the launch of the PLOS Tuberculosis Channel.


World Tuberculosis Day: United We Can End TB and Tropical Diseases

The theme of World TB Day is to Unite to end TB: leave no one behind. The communities affected by TB are also ones where tropical diseases like onchocerciasis and malaria are endemic. A successful strategy to control one disease should ideally be “united” with all basic primary health care interventions, thereby truly leaving no one behind. While the causative agents differ between TB and tropical diseases such as malaria, lymphatic filariasis and Dengue, control of these diseases shares a common goal – “an urgent need to develop new vaccines for HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, as well as for respiratory syncytial virus and those chronic and debilitating (mostly parasitic) infections known as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).” In addition to prevention, there is also need for integrated “treatment pipelines directed at NTDs, Malaria, tuberculosis (TB), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS,” according to Asada. There is also a need for integrated primary health care (PHC) programming


New TB Drugs Risk Becoming Ineffective If Misused, Lancet Report Warns

CIDRAP News: Report warns of rise in drug-resistant tuberculosis “A new report warns that some of the incremental progress made in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB) could be lost with the emergence and spread of drug-resistant strains of the disease…” (Dall, 3/23). Humanosphere: Emerging epidemic of multidrug-resistant TB ‘threatens decades of progress’ “…According to…More


News Outlets Examine Efforts To Prevent, Treat TB In Southeast Asian Nations

CNN: What happens when health care is scarce and TB rates are high “…TB is now the leading cause of death by an infectious disease, globally, and Cambodia has among the highest rates in the world, with 380 people estimated to be infected per 100,000 in the population in 2015. … [S]ince the end of…More


Overcoming Barriers Of Stigma, Marginalization Of TB Patients Vital To Ending Disease, WHO Says

VOA News: Protecting Rights of TB Patients Critical in Ending Global Epidemic “In advance of World TB Day (March 24), the World Health Organization is warning the battle to wipe out the global tuberculosis epidemic will not be won unless stigma, discrimination, and marginalization of TB patients is brought to an end. VOA was in…More


U.S. Global Health Leadership, Funding Encourages Other Nations To Prioritize Public Health…

Washington Post: When the U.S. funds global health, other countries do too Amy S. Patterson, professor of politics at University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. “…Public health experts say that cuts to U.S.


U.S. Government Should Commit More Funding, Scientific Research To TB Diagnosis, Treatment

Forbes: World TB Day — How Budget Cuts Threaten Progress In Tuberculosis Globally Judy Stone, Forbes contributor and infectious disease specialist “…For the first time in 40+ years, new drugs are being tested in major Phase III clinical trials against MDR (multidrug-resistant) and XDR (extensively drug-resistant) TB. But without pharma and governments stepping up more,…More


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