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Thawing Permafrost Enables Anthrax Outbreak In Remote Siberian Region

NPR: Anthrax Outbreak In Russia Thought To Be Result Of Thawing Permafrost “Russia is fighting a mysterious anthrax outbreak in a remote corner of Siberia. Dozens of people are hospitalized; one child has died. The government airlifted some families out because more than 2,000 reindeer have been infected…” (Doucleff, 8/3).…

Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Zika Response, Call On Congress To Act

USA TODAY: Zika hits home while Congress fiddles: Column Michele Barry, director, and Katherine States Burke, deputy director, both of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University “…As this [Zika] crisis unfolds, where is Congress? On vacation. … On this important health matter, Congress has failed us.…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Response To Zika Virus

Wall Street Journal: Zika and the Democrats Editorial Board “The Zika virus is only beginning to hit the U.S. mainland, but its political exploitation is already an epidemic. … The White House that is responsible for public health is trying to blame Congress while ducking its own failures. … [T]he…

Leaders In Washington Should Address Zika Immediately

Foreign Policy: Dear Washington: The Time to Prepare for Zika Has Come and Gone Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “Dear presidential candidates, senators, and congressional representatives: … The time you’ve had to get a preparedness plan in order but have wasted twiddling…

Confirmed Reports Of Local Zika Transmission In Florida Prompt U.S. Senate Democrats To Call For Immediate Funding Compromise; Health Advocacy Groups Urge Action

Devex: Cecile Richards on the Zika funding blockade “Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has fought her fair share of battles to protect the health services organization’s work around the world. Now she’s fighting for the opportunity to tackle a global threat: Zika. Richards stopped by the Devex studio after meetings…

Number Of Zika Cases Rising Quickly In Puerto Rico, CDC Report Shows

New York Times: Zika Cases in Puerto Rico Are Skyrocketing “The Zika epidemic that has spread from Brazil to the rest of Latin America is now raging in Puerto Rico — and the island’s response is in chaos. The war against the Aedes aegypti mosquito carrying the virus is sputtering…

GMO Technology Integral To Studying Disease Threats

The Conversation: GMOs lead the fight against Zika, Ebola, and the next unknown pandemic Jeff Bessen, PhD candidate at Harvard University “…Most modern biomedical advances, especially the vaccines used to eradicate disease and protect against pandemics such as Zika, Ebola, and the flu, rely on the same molecular biology tools…

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