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Guardian Interviews Peter Piot About Growing Threat Of Dementia

“Peter Piot, the man who discovered the fatal Ebola virus, and whose pioneering work made HIV/AIDS a global priority, is warning about the next pandemic — dementia,” The Guardian reports in an interview with the microbiologist. “One in three of us will develop the disease — 135 million people by…

‘Informed Vigilance’ Necessary To Prepare For Emerging Zoonotic Infections

In an International New York Times opinion piece, author David Quammen examines the origins of various infectious diseases, writing, “AIDS, SARS, Ebola virus and many other new diseases have one thing in common: they are zoonotic,” meaning “they came from nonhuman animals and made the leap to humans.” He notes…

Scientists Discover SARS-Like Virus In Bats

“A decade after SARS swept through the world and killed more than 750 people, scientists have made a troubling discovery: A very close cousin of the SARS virus lives in bats and it can likely jump directly to people,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The findings create new fears about…

PLOS Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS NTDs, PLOS Pathogens

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights several new articles published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and PLOS Pathogens this week. In one highlighted PLOS NTDs article, Francisco Luquero of the Epicentre in Paris, France, and colleagues examine the use of an oral cholera vaccine, Shanchol, by Médecins Sans…

U.S. Launches Global Health Security Agenda, Partners With 26 Countries

News outlets report on the U.S.-led Global Health Security Agenda, a 26-nation partnership to better detect and prevent infectious disease outbreaks. Associated Press: U.S., 26 countries launch effort to fight outbreaks “The U.S. and 26 other countries began a new effort Thursday to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious…

U.S.-Funded Research On Ebola Treatments Shows Progress

CQ HealthBeat: U.S.-Funded Ebola Drugs Make Gains in Testing “While global health agencies confront the recent Ebola outbreak in western Africa, researchers funded by federal agencies are gaining ground in efforts to develop medicines to combat the deadly virus…” (Young, 4/11).

Guinea Brings Ebola Outbreak Under Control; Vaccine Still Years Away

News outlets report on progress to contain and stop West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. Agence France-Presse: Guinea Ebola outbreak under control: foreign minister “Guinea’s Foreign Minister Francois Fall said on Monday the west African country had brought the spread of the deadly Ebola virus under control after more than 100 people…

Ebola Virus In West Africa Is New Strain, Study Says

News outlets reference a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggesting the Ebola virus in West Africa is a new strain. Associated Press: Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strain “The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a…

Ebola Death Toll Rises In West Africa

News outlets report on the rising death toll from West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. Associated Press: West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has claimed 137 lives “The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives. The disease, typically found in Central or East Africa, has infected…

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