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Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss U.S. Role In Zika Response

Chicago Sun-Times: Editorial: Fight Zika as hard as we fought Ebola Editorial Board “…[H]aving learned from [Ebola’s] unsettling experience, Congress should address Zika with the same urgency it showed for Ebola. … The U.S. leads the world in medical solutions, cures and disease eradications. Medical professionals, say top experts, need…

U.S. Lawmakers Should Prioritize Zika Response, Funding

The Hill: Clock is ticking on Zika funding Katy Caldwell, CEO of Legacy Community Health “…While public health officials and providers have a sense of urgency [around the Zika virus], the federal government is dragging its feet. The head of the House Appropriations Committee recently rejected the Obama administration’s $1.8…

Analysis Of French Polynesia Zika Outbreak Shows 1 In 100 Risk Of Microcephaly

News outlets report on a study published Tuesday in The Lancet showing the risk of microcephaly among infants born during a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia. New York Times: Study of Zika Outbreak Estimates 1 in 100 Risk of Microcephaly “During a recent outbreak of the Zika virus in French…

Guinea Reports New Ebola Cases Shortly After End Of Flare-Up Declared In Sierra Leone

Agence France-Presse: Guinea govt says two people have died from Ebola “Two people from the same family have died from Ebola in Guinea, the government said Thursday, as the WHO declared a flare-up of the virus in neighboring Sierra Leone over…” (3/18). CIDRAP News: Cases in Guinea end West Africa’s…

NPR Interviews IRC Official About New Analysis Examining Lessons Of Ebola Epidemic Responses

NPR: Politics And Ebola Are Not Such Strange Bedfellows, Report Says “…[T]he International Rescue Committee [on Wednesday issued] a new report on the [Ebola] epidemic and its aftermath. (Actually it’s an analysis of previous Ebola reports from the World Health Organization, Bill Gates, the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, and…

Ebola Epidemic Underscores ‘Recurrent Saga Of Dysfunctional Health Care Systems’

NPR: Ebola: We May Have Won The Battle But We Haven’t Won The War Karin Huster, clinical instructor of global health at the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health “…Today, 24 months into the epidemic, the latest recurrence of the virus in Guinea is, ironically, the perfect simulation exercise…