Infectious Disease



Realistic portrayal of the scientific community needed to combat science denial

With the recent release of the movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” I’m seeing a few blog posts and articles pop up about the hegemonic Read More


“Access to information literally saves lives:” free access to UpToDate in LMICs

This week, Yannis Valtis joined us for a short conversation about a new paper he and colleagues recently published in BMJ Global Health. Their study Read More


Reflections on a year of malnutrition

Malnutrition is frustrating. I often sit in the office, analyzing data from our programs, and feel helpless. Children who stay the same height for two Read More


Development and Application of a Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) Approach for the…

by Donato Antonio Raele, Nicola Pugliese, Domenico Galante, Laura Maria Latorre, Maria Assunta Cafiero Dirofilariasis by Dirofilaria repens is an important mosquito vector borne parasitosis, and the dog represents the natural host and reservoir of the parasite. This filarial nematode can also induce disease in humans, and in the last decades an increasing number of cases have been being reported. The present study describes the first loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay to detect D

A Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Survey Conducted Three Years after Halting Ivermectin Mass…

by Frank O. Richards Jr., Robert E.

The Nature of Exposure Drives Transmission of Nipah Viruses from Malaysia and Bangladesh in…

by Bronwyn A. Clayton, Deborah Middleton, Rachel Arkinstall, Leah Frazer, Lin-Fa Wang, Glenn A. Marsh Person-to-person transmission is a key feature of human Nipah virus outbreaks in Bangladesh

Isolation of Infective Zika Virus from Urine and Saliva of Patients in Brazil

by Myrna C. Bonaldo, Ieda P. Ribeiro, Noemia S

Relative Contribution of Dengue IgG Antibodies Acquired during Gestation or Breastfeeding in…

by Pei Xuan Lee, Li Ching Ong, Eshele Anak Libau, Sylvie Alonso Dengue virus (DENV) causes a spectrum of diseases ranging from self-limiting dengue fever to severe conditions such as haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. Antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) is thought to explain the occurrence of severe dengue whereby pre-existing binding but non-neutralising antibodies enhance DENV infection.

Malaria Plus Brexit – let’s hope no Malexit

No one knows for certain the full implications of Britain’s narrow vote to leave the European Union (EU). Since Britain has been a major player in malaria research and development aid, questions naturally arise of whether the British exit (Brexit) from the EU will affect development aid and global research generally and malaria aid and research specifically. Earlier this week the Brookings Institution examined the ways that a Brexit could affect Africa. Here are some of the possibilities adapted to malaria – Volatility in the global economic market will affect not only the British economy but also those of malaria endemic countries, possibly reducing the reducing available funds for national contributions to malaria control at home, a major goal for sustaining malaria control and elimination Britain specifically may not be able to sustain its financial contributions to malaria aid through the Global Fund, bilateral malaria programs and of course it would no longer contribute to the European Development Fund which currently stands at nearly 15% of its total. The British economy which like all modern nations depends on trade would be affected by the need to renegotiate hundreds of trade agreements around the world.

Zika’s Complexity Contributes To ‘Most Difficult’ Emergency Health Response For CDC,…

The Atlantic: Zika Is the ‘Most Difficult’ Emergency Health Response Ever, CDC Official Says “…[T]he White House has threatened to veto the [Zika funding] bill. Which would mean still no federal funding for what Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called ‘the most difficult’ emergency response the…More

Obama Administration Will Veto Zika Spending Package If Senate Approves Bill

CQ HealthBeat: Friday: Senate Trouble for Zika Response Funding Package “…Senators face a decision next week on the fate of a supplemental spending package to fund efforts to battle the Zika virus. Senate rules allow the conference report to jump onto the Senate agenda and avoid amendment haggling. However, the measure faces a procedural vote…More

Researchers Identify Potential Link Between Dengue Exposure, Severity Of Zika Infection;…

The Atlantic: A Surprising Link Between Zika and Dengue “…New research shows that certain dengue antibodies can either neutralize Zika — or help it replicate. The findings, published in two separate papers on Thursday, may be a crucial step toward developing a vaccine for Zika…” (LaFrance, 6/23). Reuters: Previous exposure to dengue may make Zika…More

GAVI Offers Up To $27.5M In Matching Funds To Support Malaria Vaccine Research

Reuters: GAVI alliance offers matched funds for GSK malaria vaccine pilot “The GAVI global vaccine alliance has offered funding of up to $27.5 million for pilot tests of GlaxoSmithKline’s first-generation malaria vaccine, but only if other organizations promise to match that commitment…” (Kelland, 6/23).

‘Partisan Baubles’ Within U.S. House-Passed Zika Funding Measure Could Mean Continued Delay…

Washington Post: It’s us against Zika — whose side is Congress on? Editorial Board “…More than four months after President Obama requested nearly $1.9 billion in emergency funding to deal with a public health emergency, the House voted for $1.1 billion but saddled it with unnecessary partisan baubles. This may further delay action against the…More

Friday Think: ATMs dispense clean water in Nairobi’s slums

Last summer, in the heat and heart of Nairobi’s largest slum—surrounded by corrugated metal roofs and drainage canals flooded with raw sewage—men, women, and children lined up to get their first taste of clean water. Earlier in the year, a series of water-dispensing machines were installed through a partnership between the Nairobi Water and Sewerage […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the death of my friend inspired a lifesaving delivery kitThe profound effect of girls’ dreamsMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive health ;

My 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive health

Departures often serve to kick-start reflection. After more than 30 years, I will be retiring from PATH and have been thinking about the “then,” when I joined PATH in 1983, and the “now” as I clearly see the conclusion of my time here. PATH was the organization I was keen to join because of my […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the death of my friend inspired a lifesaving delivery kitThe profound effect of girls’ dreamsThe Innovation Effect: five reasons it matters ;

House agrees to new Zika funding, but outcome remains in question

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingTags: zikaA Zika funding agreement signed off on by House and Senate Republicans early this morning would allocate $1.1 billion — the same amount allotted in a Senate bill passed last month —  to efforts to control the mosquito-borne virus and its impacts, which include severe and disabling birth defects. But with the resemblance between the […](Read more…)

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