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Wall Street Journal Examines Current Plague Outbreak In Madagascar, Worst In 50 Years

Wall Street Journal: Madagascar Wrestles With Worst Outbreak of Plague in Half a Century “…Madagascar, the tropical island nation off Africa’s southeast coast, is scrambling to contain its worst outbreak of plague in at least 50 years. The country’s health ministry reported 2,119 probable cases from Aug. 1 to Nov.…

More News In Global Health

The Economist: Many people in China believe gays can be “cured” (11/16). The Guardian: Congo crisis on a par with Iraq, Syria, and Yemen — and getting worse by the day (Hodal, 11/16). The Guardian: Uganda brought to its knees as doctors’ strike paralyses health service (Okiror, 11/16). NPR: Monkeypox…

Threat Of Influenza Outbreak Remains 100 Years After 1918 Pandemic, Experts Warn

Global Health NOW: A Century After 1918, Flu Pandemic Preparedness Still Lacking “…Despite a century’s worth of lifesaving scientific and medical advances to head off a similar tragedy, [experts] warn that an influenza pandemic could still trigger waves of mass death. … With the centennial of the 1918 flu pandemic…

Devex Examines Global Emergence Of Zoonotic Infectious Disease Threats

Devex: The shifting face of pandemic threats “…Around 70 percent of all infectious diseases are zoonotic, moving from animals — usually livestock — to humans, through either contact or the consumption of animal products and by-products. … ‘And yet only 4.5 percent of development money, of aid, goes to agriculture,’…

Nearly All Cholera Epidemics Originate In Asia, Bacterial Genome Studies Show

Science: Asia is the cradle of almost every cholera epidemic, genome studies show “…By sequencing and comparing hundreds of bacterial genomes, [scientists] have shown that all of the explosive epidemics of cholera in Africa and the Americas in the past half-century arose after the arrival of new strains that had…

Repurposing Existing Products Could Speed Up Drug, Vaccine Development

STAT: How to speed up drug and vaccine development during a public health crisis Michelle L. Rose, principal consultant, and Claudia K. Fehling consultant, both with Halloran Consulting Group “…The entire process [of drug and vaccine development], from basic research to Food and Drug Administration approval, averages about 10 years…

Blog Post Discusses Outbreak Preparedness, PATH Report On U.S. Global Health Security Leadership

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Analysis: Commitment to global health research, training, investment is critical to U.S. interests Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses disease outbreak preparedness, including a recently released report from PATH outlining “a series of strategic and investment recommendations to maximize…

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