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New Study Examines Why Aedes Aegypti Mosquitoes Prefer Human Blood

New York Times: Why Some Mosquitoes Prefer Humans “…Out of thousands of [mosquito] species, only a few like to bite humans — and even within the same species, mosquitoes from different places can have different preferences. Why do some find us irresistible, while others remain unimpressed? To answer that question,…

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AP: First COVID-19, now mosquitoes: Bracing for bug-borne ills (Marcelo, 7/20). Cancer Health: Cancer and HIV Groups Urge Trump Not to Remove U.S. From the WHO (Straube, 7/20). Devex: U.N. forum offers ‘sobering’ vision of SDGs progress and new virtual reality (Lieberman, 7/21). Scientific American: Genes May Influence COVID-19 Risk,…

Pandemic-Related Restrictions Hindering Efforts To Prevent Seasonal Dengue Outbreaks In Asia, Latin America

AP: Dengue prevention efforts stifled by coronavirus pandemic “…[T]he cascading effects of [COVID-19-related] restrictions also are hampering efforts to cope with seasonal outbreaks of dengue, an incurable, mosquito-borne disease that is also known as ‘breakbone fever’ for its severely painful symptoms. Southeast Asian countries like Singapore and Indonesia have dealt…

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BBC: MSF Afghan maternity ward to close after deadly gun attack (6/16). Borgen Magazine: 5 Organizations Fighting COVID-19 and Water Scarcity (Rhodes, 6/15). Devex: The rise of the robo-health worker (Root, 6/16). Devex: IDC recommends no new money for Newton Fund until it reforms (Worley, 6/15). Financial Times: Coronavirus could…

Vaccine Made From Mosquito Saliva Protein Safe In Humans, Triggers Antibody Responses, Aims To Be First Universal Vaccine For Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Reuters: How a vaccine made of mosquito spit could help stop the next epidemic “…Building on the work of colleagues and other scientists, [Jessica] Manning, a clinical researcher for the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, believed she could use pieces of mosquito saliva protein to build a…

COVID-19 Pandemic Accelerating In Africa; Indonesia Suspects Hundreds Of Children Died Of Coronavirus; Scientists Criticize PM Johnson’s Pandemic Response; U.S. Hits 2M Cases, Many States See Surge As Federal Government Retreats

AFRICA AP: Zimbabwe names people who escaped filthy quarantine centers (Mutsaka, 6/10). Global Health NOW: In Liberia, Resources are Scarce — but Contact Tracing Is Second Nature (Winny, 6/10). NPR: Why Forecasters Can’t Make Up Their Mind About Africa And The Coronavirus (Peralta, 6/10). Reuters: Africa’s coronavirus ‘hotspots’ in South…

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The Atlantic: Why the Coronavirus Is So Confusing (Yong, 4/29). CBS: Former Obama Ebola adviser calls for stronger global response to pandemics (Brennan/Micklas, 4/28) Devex: How to support displaced populations’ mental health during lockdown (Smith, 4/30). Devex: Around the world, migrants and refugees are stranded between closed borders (Root, 4/29).…

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Borgen Magazine: Dengue Fever in Indonesia (Cullen, 4/13). Devex: The case for data: How CRVS systems can help improve gender equity (4/14). Devex: Cash transfers lead the social assistance response to COVID-19 (Jerving, 4/14). Devex: What are the opportunities COVID-19 creates for the humanitarian sector? (Cornish, 4/14). Devex: Gayle Smith:…