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WHO Announces Polio Outbreak In Syria Successfully Stopped, With No International Spread

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean: Polio outbreak in Syria successfully stopped “The polio outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) detected in 2017 in Syria has been successfully stopped, with no international spread, according to experts. An official outbreak response assessment, comprising experts in global public health,…

Johns Hopkins Report Recommends Better Epidemic Preparedness, Response To Cholera In Yemen, Other Humanitarian Emergencies

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Lack of Preparedness and Insecurity Hampered Response to Cholera Epidemic in Yemen “…The new report [from the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health], ‘Cholera in Yemen: a case study of epidemic preparedness and response,’ calls for better anticipation of and preparedness for epidemics…

Canada Announces Additional Funding For CEPI As Coalition Looks To Test ‘Vaccine Platform’ For Multiple Pathogens

Homeland Preparedness News: Canada to donate additional CA$10 mil to CEPI for anti-epidemic efforts “Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau affirmed another 10 million Canadian dollars for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) [last] week, in an effort to bolster the development of vaccines. The announcement was made following the…

DRC Ebola Outbreak Grows Amid Concerns Over Election Anxiety, Misinformation

CIDRAP News: DRC Ebola total climbs to 644 led by spike in Katwa cases “In daily updates [since Thursday], the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) health ministry reported 19 more Ebola cases in five locations, though most were from Katwa, one of the latest outbreak hot spots. In other…

Princeton Research Scholar Discusses Value Of Trust In Controlling Disease Outbreaks

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: From Africa to America, lack of public trust makes disease outbreaks worse Laura H. Kahn, author and research scholar at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, discusses the importance of trust in controlling disease outbreaks, writing, “Vaccines are the best strategy we have…

Effective Ebola Response Requires Building Trust With Affected Communities

New York Times: Why Couldn’t My Ebola Treatment Center Save This Baby? Karin Huster, clinical instructor in the department of global health at the University of Washington and field coordinator with Doctors Without Borders “…[T]here is more we can — and must — do [to respond to Ebola in the…