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DRC Health Officials, Partners Launch Efforts To Prevent Ebola Infections Among Health Care Workers; Insecurity, Lack Of Funding Hurting South Sudan’s Prevention Preparedness For Potential Cases

CIDRAP News: With Ebola cases rising, officials launch new infection control steps”Over the weekend and through [Monday], 12 more Ebola cases were confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), lifting the overall outbreak total to 3,081. In other developments, the DRC, with support from its global health partners,…

WHO, Yemen Begin New Cholera Vaccination Drive As Cases Increase To 10K+ Per Week

Agence France-Presse: WHO launches second cholera vaccine drive in Yemen as cases surge “The World Health Organization said Tuesday it was helping Yemeni authorities with a second round of vaccination against cholera in three hard-hit districts, as cases surged across the war-ravaged country…” (10/2). Reuters: Yemen cholera outbreak accelerates to…

U.S. Commitment To WHO, Global Health Security Must Remain Robust

The Hill: Global health security threats — despite worldwide responses, there’s much more to do Ambassador John E. Lange, senior fellow for global health diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation “…The good news is that the world will be much better prepared when (not if) another infectious disease outbreak of…

‘Science Speaks’ Highlights KFF Issue Brief On Ebola, Other Recent Pieces On Foreign Assistance, Zika

IDSA’s “Science Speaks”: What we’re reading: Unprecedented Ebola challenges call for unprecedented responses, good investments and more Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer at “Science Speaks,” discusses several global health-related articles and releases addressing various topics, including a Kaiser Family Foundation issue brief on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic…

Investment In, Prioritizing Diagnostics Vital To Containing Ebola, Other Outbreaks

Nature: Where are the Ebola diagnostics from last time? Lieselotte Cnops, postdoctoral researcher in the neglected tropical diseases unit at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, and colleagues “…Diagnostics are fundamental to containing outbreaks. Without such tests, it is impossible to trace whether people with the disease have infected others, whether…

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…