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U.S. Would Consider Request From North Korea For Food Aid, Envoy Says

“The United States would consider any new request from North Korea to resume food aid stalled since 2009, provided Pyongyang allowed U.S. staff inside the isolated country to monitor distribution,” Agence France-Presse reports. “Our policy in providing humanitarian assistance is based on conditions of need. … If there were a…

WHO Research Team Still Unsure Of H7N9 Transmission Routes

The WHO “has only a limited understanding of a deadly new form of avian flu that has killed 20 people and infected more than a hundred others, a team of researchers said on Monday, leaving unclear how the disease spreads and how virulent it could become,” the Wall Street Journal…

Death Toll From H7N9 In China Rises To 22

“An elderly man in eastern China died of bird flu on Tuesday, bringing the death toll from a strain that recently emerged in humans to 22, a provincial health agency reported,” according to Reuters (Jones, 4/23). The “new strain of bird flu that has killed 22 people in China is…

Nature Editorial, Opinion Piece Address H7N9 Virus

The journal Nature published an editorial and opinion piece on the emergence of the H7N9 avian influenza strain. Editorial: “China deserves credit for its rapid response to the outbreaks of H7N9 avian influenza, and its early openness in the reporting and sharing of data,” the editorial states. Unlike its response…

H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Continues To Spread Throughout China

“China on Saturday reported its first case of H7N9 bird flu in the southern province of Hunan, the latest sign the virus that has killed 23 people in the country is continuing to spread,” Reuters reports (Ruwitch, 4/29). “A 64-year-old woman surnamed Guan, a resident in Shaoyang City, started suffering…

Singapore, Thailand Face Worsening Dengue Outbreaks

“As weekly dengue fever infections surge to a record, Singaporean health officials are stepping up efforts to beat back a tropical disease outbreak that could become the city-state’s worst ever,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Southeast Asia Real Time” blog reports. More than 9,400 people have been infected so far this…

The Atlantic Examines China’s Role In Counterfeit Medicines, Medical Aid In Africa

Noting “[a] small but growing body of evidence partly faults China for the massive upswing in counterfeit medications in Africa,” The Atlantic examines whether “the Chinese pharmaceutical industry [can] overcome its reputation for producing bogus medicine.” The magazine describes China’s role in the discovery of artemisinin and the resulting artemisinin…

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