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NPR Asks Ebola Responders About Efforts Needed To End DRC Outbreak

NPR: What Will It Take To Finally End Congo’s Ebola Outbreak In 2020? “…Since the epidemic was declared on Aug. 1, 2018, more than 3,300 people have been infected with Ebola, making the outbreak the worst on record for Congo, and the second worst in human history after the much…

Chinese Say Unlikely Possible New Coronavirus Spread Through Human-To-Human Contact; Discovery Raises Questions On Epidemic Preparedness

Devex: Possible new coronavirus raises questions on epidemic preparedness “Chinese authorities have reported there is no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission linked to the new coronavirus found in patients suffering pneumonia-like symptoms in Wuhan province. But experts argue it’s too early to rule out the possibility. … [The WHO] said…

National, Local Strategies Need To Improve Disaster Resilience In Haiti 10 Years After Earthquake, U.N. Special Representative Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: OPINION: Ten years after earthquake, Haiti still vulnerable to disasters Mami Mizutori, U.N. special representative of the secretary general for disaster risk reduction “Haiti has had little reprieve from disasters in the past 10 years since 220,000 people perished on January 12, 2010 in an earthquake which…

Experts Examine Biosecurity Implications Of Body Fluid Samples Taken During Disease Outbreaks

Chatham House: Biosecurity: Preparing for the Aftermath of Global Health Crises David R. Harper, senior consulting fellow, and Benjamin Wakefield, research analyst, both with the Global Health Programme at Chatham House, discuss the biosecurity implications of the numerous body fluid samples taken during disease outbreaks, including the current Ebola outbreak…

Modeling Experts Examine Application Of Decision Analysis To Pandemic Planning, Responses

PLOS Medicine: Infectious disease pandemic planning and response: Incorporating decision analysis Freya M. Shearer of the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health in Australia, and colleagues examine decision analysis and modeling in planning for and responding to pandemics. Key summary…

CDC Publishes Articles Examining Ebola Outbreaks

CDC’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report”: Case Definitions Used During the First 6 Months of the 10th Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — Four Neighboring Countries, August 2018-February 2019 (Medley, et al., 1/10). CDC’s “Emerging Infectious Diseases”: Public Health Program for Decreasing Risk for…

Chinese Researchers Identify Novel Coronavirus As Potential Cause Of Wuhan Pneumonia Outbreak

Wall Street Journal: New Virus Discovered by Chinese Scientists Investigating Pneumonia Outbreak “Chinese scientists investigating a mystery illness that has sickened dozens in central China have discovered a new strain of coronavirus, a development that will test the country’s upgraded capabilities for dealing with unfamiliar infectious diseases. The novel coronavirus…