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Safe Burial Teams Likely Prevented Significant Number Of Additional Ebola Cases In West African Outbreak, Study Shows

Agence France-Presse: Ebola burial teams dramatically reduced West Africa outbreak: study “Red Cross volunteers prevented a significant number of Ebola cases during the 2013-2016 epidemic in West Africa by using safe burial techniques, according to a study released Thursday…” (Larson, 6/22). BBC News: Ebola virus burial teams may have ‘saved…

In Haiti, U.N. Security Council Stresses Support To End Nation’s Cholera Epidemic

Reuters: United Nations stresses for support for Haiti cholera fight “The United Nations stressed on Thursday its support for eradicating cholera in Haiti, an epidemic it accidentally started, although the government said residents would be better served if aid funding was channeled through it. … Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs…

Study Examines Likely Hosts Of Next Zoonotic Disease Outbreak

International Business Times: Scientists locate where the most deadly ‘missing viruses’ are hiding “…Many of the most deadly human diseases jump to people from other species. HIV and Ebola originated in other primates and SARS is thought to have come from bats. Now scientists think they know which viruses are…

Conflict, Humanitarian Crises Fuel Cholera, Polio Outbreaks In Yemen, Syria

Washington Post: How war brought cholera and polio back to the Middle East “As war ravages public health systems in Yemen and Syria, doctors are treating epidemics and diseases they once thought were things of the past. In Yemen, it is cholera, a bacterial disease spreading so fast, [more than]…

Outgoing WHO Director General Reflects On Past, Future Challenges Of Agency

STAT: My decade leading the WHO: dirty fights and steps toward universal coverage Margaret Chan, outgoing WHO director general “…Going forward, I would like to see the WHO do more to address financing issues, both for its own budget and the health budgets of low- and middle-income countries. … The…

Blog Post Examines Importance Of Pandemic Preparedness Among Poor Populations

Brookings Institution: Pandemics and the poor Ben Oppenheim, senior scientific consultant with Metabiota and senior fellow and visiting scholar at the New York University Center on International Cooperation, and Gavin Yamey, director of the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health and professor of global health at Duke University’s Global…

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