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Health Workers In DRC Face Violence, Difficulty Tracking Ebola Contacts For Vaccination

Associated Press: Health workers in Congo’s Ebola outbreak attacked weekly “Health teams responding to Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak are attacked three or four times a week on average, a level of violence unseen in the country’s nine previous outbreaks of the deadly virus, the health ministry said Monday…” (Anna, 10/22).…

Misinformation About Vaccines Could Threaten Global Public Health

Nature: The biggest pandemic risk? Viral misinformation Heidi J. Larson, professor of anthropology, risk and decision science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine “…I predict that the next major outbreak — whether of a highly fatal strain of influenza or something else — will not be due…

Environmental Surveillance Key To Eradicating Polio, Preventing Outbreaks Of Other Infectious Diseases

The Conversation: Sewage surveillance is the next frontier in the fight against polio Marisa Eisenberg, associate professor of complex systems, epidemiology, and mathematics; Andrew Brouwer, research investigator in epidemiology; and Joseph Eisenberg, professor and chair of epidemiology, all at the University of Michigan “…Epidemiologists typically detect polio transmission based on…

FHI 360 Podcast Discusses Infectious Disease Outbreak Preparedness

FHI 360’s “A Deeper Look Podcast”: Preventing and responding to infectious disease outbreaks In this podcast episode, Patrick Fine, chief executive officer of FHI 360, speaks with Jonathan Quick, senior fellow emeritus at Management Sciences for Health, about “the diseases we should worry about the most and why, the success…

Health Officials In DRC Again Suspend Ebola Response Efforts Following Deadly Rebel Attack

Associated Press: Deadly attack amid Ebola outbreak stalls containment efforts “Congolese rebels killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the epicenter of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Congo’s military said Sunday, as the violence again forced crucial virus-containment efforts to be suspended. ‘It will be…

DRC’s Ebola Outbreak Poses Specific Challenges For Control Efforts

Foreign Policy: Welcome to the First War Zone Ebola Crisis Laurie Garrett, former senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “The signs of a coming Ebola crisis are mounting. The disease is spreading rapidly in a region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where health…

Author, Hill Reporter Reid Wilson Discusses DRC Ebola Outbreak On Brookings Podcast

Brookings Institution: Podcast: How is the latest Ebola outbreak in the DRC different than the others? “Reid Wilson, author of ‘Epidemic’ (Brookings Institution Press, 2018), explains why violence, political instability, and distrust in government will make the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo difficult to contain”…

NIH Highlights R&D On Lassa Fever Vaccine, Genomic Analysis

NIH: Scientists develop novel vaccine for Lassa fever and rabies “A novel vaccine designed to protect people from both Lassa fever and rabies showed promise in preclinical testing, according to new research published in Nature Communications. … There are currently no approved Lassa fever vaccines…” (10/11). NIH: Genomic analysis offers…