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New Book, POLITICO Examine Lessons Learned From Ebola Responses

The Guardian: Book lifts lid on litany of mistakes in Ebola outbreak that killed 11,300 people “The World Health Organization and other global agencies have failed to learn sufficient lessons from the 2014 Ebola outbreak that killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa, a British doctor at the center…

Johns Hopkins ‘Clade X’ Simulation Shows How Outbreak Could Spread

Business Insider Australia: A leading medical institution created a simulation that shows how a new disease could kill 900 million people — and it reveals how unprepared we are “…On May 15th, when the [Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health Security] ‘Clade X’ simulation was played out real-time, the people…

Rapid Response Of WHO, Other Health Organizations Curbed DRC Ebola Outbreak

The Hill: How world health officials stopped a potentially catastrophic outbreak “…Two months [after the Ebola outbreak was identified], in July, Congo formally declared an end to the outbreak, after 42 days in which no new cases were identified. An Ebola epidemic that once threatened to travel up and down…

Yemen Risks New Cholera Epidemic In Warmer Months, Save The Children Warns

Al Jazeera: Yemen ‘on brink of new cholera epidemic,’ charity warns “Thousands of people in Yemen could be affected by a new wave of deadly cholera in the coming weeks, an international charity says. In a press release on Thursday, U.K.-based Save the Children warned the hot summer months are…

More News In Global Health

Al Jazeera: Cancer patients in Yemen struggle to survive as options diminish (Gupta, 7/25). BBC News: Making a drama out of a TB crisis (Sherriff, 7/25). The Guardian: Alarm as Ugandan politicians back plans for compulsory HIV testing in schools (Okiror, 7/26). The Lancet Infectious Diseases: New challenges to eradicating…

DRC Confirms End Of Ebola Outbreak; WHO Calls For Sustained Vigilance

Associated Press: Congo confirms end of latest deadly Ebola outbreak “Congo’s latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is over, the health ministry announced Tuesday, after a speedy response to limit its spread in remote rural areas and a city of more than one million people. Health experts said the…

UNICEF Commends DRC’s Ebola Response, Notes Ongoing Vigilance Needed

UNICEF: DRC Ebola epidemic ends, but ongoing vigilance is essential to keeping children safe from future outbreaks — UNICEF “The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [on Tuesday] announced the end of the Ebola virus epidemic, eleven weeks after its declaration in the Province of Equateur, in…

India’s Response To Nipah Outbreak Offers Lessons For Containing Future Viral Outbreaks

Brookings Institution’s “Future Development”: Containing a deadly virus: Lessons from the Nipah outbreak in India Vinod Thomas, visiting professor at the Asian Institute of Management, discusses lessons learned from the Nipah outbreak response in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Thomas writes, “In the wake of worldwide threats of new…

Science Examines Use Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine In DRC Outbreak

Science: Congo’s Ebola outbreak is all but over. Did an experimental vaccine help? “…The quick end to this outbreak — after 53 cases in Équateur province, 29 of which were fatal — is a striking contrast to the Ebola epidemic that devastated West Africa from 2014 to 2016 … [A]…