Infectious Disease



“University Doctors: We Need More Support Fighting Ebola in Africa”

Hospitalists (Phuoc Le and Sri Shamasunder) from UC San Francisco who are heading to Liberia advocate for universities and academic medical centers to step up to the Read More


Guardian Launches Interactive Ebola Funding Tracker

The Guardian: Ebola funding tracker — interactive “Actual payments fall significantly short of amounts pledged … to fight Ebola. Our interactive tracks daily the total contributions pledged by countries and organizations, and records what has actually been paid out towards the U.N. target of $988m…” (Galatsidas, 10/28).


The looming co-epidemic of TB-Diabetes

Diabetes, an immunocompromised state, significantly increases the risk that person will develop tuberculosis (TB) infection. A new report released by The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Read More


Host genetic background determines susceptibility to Ebola @ScienceMagazine

via Host genetic diversity enables Ebola hemorrhagic fever pathogenesis and resistance.

Strategies for containing Ebola in West Africa @ScienceMagazine

Strategies for containing Ebola in West Africa.

Effectiveness of Insecticide Spraying and Culling of Dogs on the Incidence of Leishmania…

by Guilherme L. Werneck, Carlos H.

Health Policies to Control Chagas Disease Transmission in European Countries

by Ana Requena-Méndez, Pere Albajar-Viñas, Andrea Angheben, Peter Chiodini, Joaquim Gascón, José Muñoz, Chagas Disease COHEMI Working Group

Tungiasis—A Neglected Disease with Many Challenges for Global Public Health

by Hermann Feldmeier, Jorg Heukelbach, Uade Samuel Ugbomoiko, Elizabeth Sentongo, Pamela Mbabazi, Georg von Samson-Himmelstjerna, Ingela Krantz, The International Expert Group for Tungiasis

Selecting WHO’s Next Africa Regional Director: An Interview with Candidate Dr. Matshidiso…

In November, the World Health Organization will select its next regional director for Africa. As we wrote in a previous blog, this position is not posted publicly and has no independent mechanism in place to recommend, interview, and evaluate the best qualified candidates. We invited each candidate to use the Center’s platform to discuss his or her vision for the future of the WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO), how he or she sees current challenges, and why he or she is best suited for the position.

Clinical Illness and Outcomes in Patients with Ebola in Sierra Leone — NEJM

Clinical Illness and Outcomes in Patients with Ebola in Sierra Leone — NEJM.

Two Experimental Ebola Vaccines Move Into Clinical Trials

News outlets report on recent moves to test two different experimental Ebola vaccines. Associated Press: Swiss agency approves trial for Ebola vaccine “…Swissmedic said the trial will be conducted among 120 volunteer participants with support from the U.N. World Health Organization. The experimental vaccine is to be initially administered on healthy volunteers who will be…More

#IAmTropMed: Flipping the Microscope to Tell a New Set of Stories

This blog post was originally published on Making Malaria History.  Anyone working in global health will say the same thing: the people impacted by our work is the reason we do what we do. Underlying medical vocabulary, data spreadsheets, and peer-reviewed journals are millions of stories, people whose lives were saved and improved thanks to creative and […]

Louisiana: High Rhetoric on Ebola, Low Concern for Public Health

The 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene begins in a couple days in New Orleans Louisiana. In preparation for this event the Governor of Louisiana through the Department of Health and Hospitals dis-invited any conference participant who has been to an Ebola-affected country (Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone) with the following information: NOTICE TO TRAVELERS: From a medical perspective, asymptomatic individuals are not at risk of exposing others; however, the State is committed to preventing any unnecessary exposure of Ebola to the general public. As part of that commitment, we have requested that any individuals that will be traveling to Louisiana following a trip to the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone or have had contact with an EVD-infected individual remain in a self-quarantine for the 21 days following their relevant travel history. In Louisiana, we love to welcome visitors, but we must balance that hospitality with the protection of Louisiana residents and other visitors.

“University Doctors: We Need More Support Fighting Ebola in Africa”


Hospitalists (Phuoc Le and Sri Shamasunder) from UC San Francisco who are heading to Liberia advocate for universities and academic medical centers to step up to the Read More

U.S. Senators To Introduce Bill Aimed At Speeding Development Of Ebola Drugs

News outlets report that leaders of the U.S. Senate Health Committee are planning on introducing a bill that would offer incentives for companies to develop Ebola treatments and vaccines. Chattanooga Times Free Press: Lamar Alexander to introduce bill to speed development of Ebola treatment “Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will introduce a bill with Iowa…More

Calls For New Global Infectious Diseases Agency Gaining Ground, VOA Reports

VOA News: Does Ebola Reveal WHO Shortfalls? “As the Ebola outbreak rages in three West African countries — and raises fears abroad — some are questioning whether the World Health Organization is being stretched too thin. A proposal for a new global agency to deal strictly with infectious diseases is gaining some support…” (DeCapua, 10/28).

Experts Warn Of TB-Diabetes Co-Infection

Reuters: Experts sound alarm as diabetes fuels cases of TB “Cases of tuberculosis are set [to] accelerate worldwide unless action is taken to curb diabetes, a chronic condition that weakens the immune system and triples the risk a person will develop the lung disease, health experts warned on Wednesday…” (Hirschler, 10/29).

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