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WHO Proposes Lower-Dose Yellow Fever Vaccinations To Stretch Supplies

Reuters: In yellow fever war, WHO readies plan to stretch vaccine supply “The worst yellow fever outbreak in decades, which has killed 325 people in Angola and spread as far as China, has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to draw up plans to eke out vaccine supplies by using…

U.S. House, Senate Conference Committee Aims To Reconcile Zika Funding Legislation

The Hill: Congress heading toward Zika conference “…The Senate agreed by a voice vote Wednesday evening to go a joint House-Senate conference committee on a wide-ranging appropriations bill that includes $1.1 billion in unpaid-for funding to combat the Zika virus…” (Carney, 6/8). New York Times: Congress Will Work on $1.1…

WHO Declares End Of Liberia’s Most Recent Ebola Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: West Africa marks end of Ebola outbreak “Liberia said Thursday it was free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases of the deadly tropical virus left in West Africa following an outbreak that began in neighboring Guinea in December 2013…” (Dosso, 6/9). Reuters: WHO declares Liberia…

Locally Transmitted Yellow Fever Case Recorded In Congo, WHO Says

Reuters: WHO says new yellow fever case in Congo transmitted locally “A new case of yellow fever detected in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital was transmitted by a local mosquito, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, raising the possibility of a wider outbreak of the disease in the…

Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Funding For Zika Virus

Washington Post: Rep. Brooks: House Republicans have acted on Zika virus Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-Ind.) “…We can’t continue to respond from crisis to crisis. … [L]ong-term work is critical to enhancing our national biodefense preparedness, but it doesn’t change or diminish the need for immediate action to protect Americans…

Decision To Hold Olympic Games Must Consider Public Health Risks, Ethics

Project Syndicate: Should the World Go to Rio? Peter Singer, professor at Princeton University and laureate professor at the University of Melbourne “…If the Olympics go ahead, visitors will come to Brazil from many more countries than would otherwise be the case. If they bring Zika back to regions with…

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