“This race will be intense”: a look at elections for Director General of the WHO

This week, the World Health Assembly is meeting in Geneva. Elections for the next Director General of the World Health Organization is a top item Read More

“Zika is a test to see if we’ve learned anything from Ebola” — Emergency funding not…

Categories: Budget, U.S. Policy and FundingTags: zikaThe 1.9 billion dollars the Obama Administration has requested to respond to the Zika virus is not enough, according to Amy Pope. It’s not enough to build lab capacity, improve surveillance and diagnostics, and strengthen overall health systems so that the global community can anticipate emerging infections instead of reacting to them, she says. That, she […](Read more…)

How did Zika rise so quickly to the top of the global health policy agenda?

The World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere in May 2015. Since then, transmission was identified in 18 countries Read More


Financial Times Special Report Focuses On Vaccines

Financial Times: FT Health: Vaccines “Vaccine research grows vigorously, propelled by rising world demand to fight existing diseases and to guard against new threats. Ebola and Zika have recently caused huge international alarm. Yet the Trump era may give voice to increased vaccine skepticism…” This special report includes eight articles on various aspects of vaccine research…More

Some Experts Question Low Number Of Zika-Affected Infants Born In Puerto Rico

STAT: ‘They’re just hiding’: Experts say Puerto Rico may be underreporting Zika-affected births “The number of babies born in Puerto Rico with microcephaly and other birth defects caused by the Zika virus appears to be unexpectedly low — so low that experts are beginning to question whether the actual count is being significantly underreported by…More

Zika, sexual transmission and prudent public health policy

There is significant debate in the scientific literature and the media about whether the Zika virus can and should be considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI).1–5 This debate occurred before the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to no longer regard Zika as a public health emergency of international concern.

4 Reasons For Continued Attention On Zika

The Conversation: Four reasons why we shouldn’t forget about Zika Raquel Medialdea-Carrera, PhD student in infections and global health at the University of Liverpool “…In recent months, there has been a decline in news coverage, but here are four reasons why we shouldn’t forget about Zika. 1. The epidemic is not over … 2. Zika…More

Transmission of Zika virus through breast milk and other breastfeeding-related bodily-fluids

by Susannah Colt, Maria N. Garcia-Casal, Juan Pablo Peña-Rosas, Julia L. Finkelstein, Pura Rayco-Solon, Zita C.

Documentary Examines Recent Disease Outbreaks, Potential For Global Pandemics

Monsters & Critics: CNN documentary Unseen Enemy is terrifying look at human vulnerability in face of pandemics “On CNN [Friday], director Janet Tobias’s chilling documentary Unseen Enemy is a sobering wake-up call — as we learn about the looming potential crises of diseases like Ebola and Zika, as well as things that might seem common,…More

Zika To Cost Latin American, Caribbean Region Up To $18B From 2015-2017, With Poorer Nations…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Latin America’s poor need more help to tackle Zika: U.N. “The ripple effects of the Zika virus are hitting the poor hard in Latin America and the Caribbean, and could knock back development unless states involve communities in a stronger push to tackle the disease, a U.N.-led study said on Thursday. The…More

Addressing Poverty, Inequality Critical To Responding To Zika, Other Emerging Infectious…

Huffington Post: To Fight Zika, Fight Poverty And Inequality Magdy Martínez-Solimán, U.N. assistant secretary general, UNDP assistant administrator, and director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support at the UNDP; and Jessica Faieta, U.N. assistant secretary general and director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean at the UNDP “…[A] report…More

Record Rainfall Slams Peru, Death Toll Rises

Photo by Leonid Lecca / Partners In HealthFlood waters overrun a home in rural Carabayllo, a slum north of Lima, Peru, where Partners In Health has worked for more than 20 years. Torrential rains pummeled Peru over the past week, causing widespread flooding, devastating landslides, and massive destruction throughout the country. One of the most ferocious rainy seasons in decades has already dumped up to 10 times the normal amount of precipitation, hitting the west coast, including metropolitan Lima, particularly hard. More than 70 people have died and 600,000 have seen their homes demolished or damaged, according to the United Nations. Entire villages have been swallowed by flood waters washing down from the Andes, sweeping away homes, livestock, and crops with frightening speed and intensity.

News Outlets Examine Risk Of Pandemic Disease Outbreak

CNN: Seven reasons we’re at more risk than ever of a global pandemic “…Public health experts believe we are at greater risk than ever of experiencing large-scale outbreaks and global pandemics like those we’ve seen before: SARS, swine flu, Ebola, and Zika. … Experts are unanimous in the belief that the next outbreak contender will…More

Zika Infection In Pregnant Women Poses Greater Risk To Newborns Than Previously Thought, U.S….

New York Times: One in 10 Pregnant Women With Zika in U.S. Have Babies With Birth Defects “One in 10 pregnant women in the continental United States with a confirmed Zika infection had a baby with brain damage or other serious birth defects, according to the most comprehensive report to date on American pregnancies during…More

Scientists Begin Phase 2 Clinical Trial Of NIH-Developed Experimental Zika Vaccine

STAT: Scientists begin mid-stage trial of Zika vaccine for first time “Scientists have begun a Phase 2 trial of a vaccine to protect against the Zika virus, the first time an experimental Zika vaccine has gone beyond initial safety testing…” (Branswell, 3/31). Wall Street Journal: Experimental Zika Vaccine Shows Promising Early Results “An experimental Zika…More

Previous Infection With Dengue Or West Nile Viruses Could Worsen Zika Infection, Study In Mice…

Reuters: Prior exposure to dengue or West Nile could make Zika worse: report “Prior infection with West Nile or dengue — two viruses closely related to Zika — can make Zika symptoms worse, U.S. researchers said on Thursday. The findings in mice, published in the journal Science, confirm studies in cells suggesting that prior infection…More

Tick, tock, tick tock—While others sleep, what are CDC experts doing to keep America safe?

Children wait for a bus on a street in downtown Mysore, India. The CDC is carrying out a range of programs in India to ensure a healthy and safe future for kids like these. (Photo Courtesy: David Snyder CDC Foundation) A team from the Zambia Ministry of Health administers a questionnaire to a family in Siavonga District. As the clock ticks and people sleep peacefully, public health experts from CDC’s Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP) in collaboration with subject matter experts across CDC both in Atlanta and around the world are working 24/7 to support the agency’s mission to protect the health and safety of Americans and save lives.

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