Infectious Disease


Undocumented immigrants lining up for a health care at a volunteer mobile free clinic on a farm in south Georgia, 2015.

A Medical Provider’s Perspective on Treating Undocumented U.S. Immigrants

As I was writing this article I received a message from a medical friend in the Midwest regarding one of her patients: “Liz, I need Read More


Controversy over transparency: why non-profits need to disclose their “real” overhead ratio

“The fact is an average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in our humanitarian services and programs.”[1] This is Read More


Research Training in Limited-Resource Settings: A Call for Equitable Partnerships

Dr. Jim Kim, the president of the World Bank and one of the founders of Partners in Health, recently gave a talk about changing the Read More


CDC Director Frieden Calls For Emergency Fund For Disease Outbreak Response

Financial Times: Zika sparks U.S. call for future emergencies fund “…Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is arguing for a reserve of money akin to the disaster relief fund that officials can rely on in the event of a catastrophe such as an earthquake or terrorist attack. … He…More

U.S. Health Officials To Travel To Cuba To Attend Regional Zika Conference, Discuss…

CQ HealthBeat: Burwell to Visit Cuba to Discuss Zika, Health Research “Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of Health and Human Services, will travel to Cuba on Thursday for a regional conference on the Zika virus, HHS announced on Wednesday. She will be joined by Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. The visit…More

National Geographic Looks At El Salvador’s Strict Abortion Laws

National Geographic: Where Women with Zika Fear Prison “…El Salvador is one of six countries with the most extreme abortion laws in the world. Abortion is criminalized in all circumstances, regardless of rape, incest, the viability of the fetus, or whether the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother’s life. This law went into effect…More

More Research Examining Gender Inequality In Public Health Emergencies Needed To Prevent…

The Conversation: Zika and Ebola had a much worse effect on women: we need more research to address this in future Sara Davies, fellow at Griffith University, and Belinda Bennett, professor of health law in the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology “Outbreaks of the Ebola virus … and, more…More

A Medical Provider’s Perspective on Treating Undocumented U.S. Immigrants

Undocumented immigrants lining up for a health care at a volunteer mobile free clinic on a farm in south Georgia, 2015.

As I was writing this article I received a message from a medical friend in the Midwest regarding one of her patients: “Liz, I need Read More

Rift Valley Fever Virus Circulating among Ruminants, Mosquitoes and Humans in the Central…

by Emmanuel Nakouné, Basile Kamgang, Nicolas Berthet, Alexandre Manirakiza, Mirdad Kazanji Background Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) causes a viral zoonosis, with discontinuous epizootics and sporadic epidemics, essentially in East Africa. Infection with this virus causes severe illness and abortion in sheep, goats, and cattle as well as other domestic animals.

Correlation Between HLA-A, B and DRB1 Alleles and Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome

by Shu-jun Ding, Yi Zhang, Xiao-mei Zhang, Xiao-lin Jiang, Bo Pang, Yong-hong Song, Jian-xing Wang, Yao-wen Pei, Chuan-fu Zhu, Xian-jun Wang, Xue-jie Yu Objective Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is an emerging hemorrhagic fever caused by a tick-borne bunyavirus (SFTSV) in East Asian countries. The role of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) in resistance and susceptibility to SFTSV is not known. We investigated the correlation of HLA locus A, B and DRB1 alleles with the occurrence of SFTS.

Protective Efficacy of <i>Plasmodium vivax</i> Radiation-Attenuated Sporozoites in…

by Myriam Arévalo-Herrera, Juan M. Vásquez-Jiménez, Mary Lopez-Perez, Andrés F. Vallejo, Andrés B.

U.S. Health Officials Outline Distribution Of Federal Zika Funds

CIDRAP News: Zika funding to be split among CDC, NIH, emergency fund “Two weeks after Congress allocated $1.1 billion in supplemental funding to fight Zika, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced [Tuesday] during a teleconference how the pie of Zika funding will be sliced among major players…” (Soucheray, 10/18). CQ HealthBeat: Administration…More

Brazilian Mothers Of Children With Zika-Related Birth Defects Say Government Must Do More To…

Associated Press: Where Zika struck hardest, Brazil moms say more help needed “…[A] surge late last year in [Zika-related] cases of babies born with small heads in northeast Brazil set off worldwide alarm about the virus, which was later linked to a birth defect known as microcephaly. When the connection was made, then-President Dilma Rousseff…More

USAID To Strengthen Investigation Into Possible Illicit Activities Relating To U.S.-Funded…

Channels Television: U.S. To Investigate Funding Of Anti-Malaria Initiatives In Nigeria “The U.S. government says it is setting up a framework within Nigeria to help curb the proliferation of fake and adulterated antimalarial drugs. To this end, the United States government has launched a campaign against the theft and counterfeiting of antimalarial drugs donated by…More

6 Hospital-Associated Infections Cause Larger Burden Than HIV, Influenza, TB Combined, Study…

Deutsche Welle: Why hospital infections are a bigger threat than HIV, influenza, and tuberculosis “You would think it was the other way around. But six health care-associated infections are a bigger burden on hospitals than influenza, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis together. The big six are pneumonia, urinary tract and surgical site infections, Clostridium difficile (CDI, which…More

U.S. Government, Global Fund Support Distribution Of Nearly 2M Insecticidal Nets In Zimbabwe

VOA News: U.S. Govt, Global Fund Distribute 2 Million Malaria Prevention Nets “The United States government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) supported distribution of 1,785,000 long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to Zimbabwean communities at risk for malaria in August and September of this year…” (Dube, 10/18).

Assessing temporal associations between environmental factors and malaria morbidity at varying…

Environmental factors play a major role in transmission of malaria given their relationship to both the development and survival of the mosquito and parasite.

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