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NPR Examines Challenges To Cholera Treatment, Prevention In Haiti, Other Areas

NPR: Cholera 101: Why An Ancient Disease Keeps On Haunting Us “…The water-borne disease has been around for centuries, and it remains a global health risk. According to the World Health Organization there are roughly three million cases a year and 90,000 deaths. The worst epidemic is now in Haiti,…

U.S., Cuba Look To Enhance Partnerships On Health Promotion, Protection, Research

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: The Promise of a Strong U.S.-Cuba Health Partnership Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discusses the new health partnership between the U.S. and Cuba, writing, “While … still at an early stage, it’s clear the United States and…

Climate, Environmental Changes Impact Diseases’ Ability To Adapt, Spread

Financial Times: A 19th century plague revived in an age of climate change Emma Glennon, Gates-Cambridge scholar and Ph.D student at Cambridge University “…The persistence of [cholera] in Haiti is a tragedy but it is not random. It is part of a larger global pattern of cholera re-emergence. Hurricane Matthew…

Haiti, U.N. Begin Cholera Vaccination Effort To Reach 800K People Impacted By Hurricane Matthew

NPR: Haiti Launches Largest-Ever Cholera Vaccination Campaign “Haiti on Tuesday launched the largest emergency cholera vaccination campaign ever attempted. The plan is to try to vaccinate 800,000 people in parts of the country devastated by Hurricane Matthew…” (Beaubien, 11/8). U.N. News Centre: U.N.-backed cholera vaccination campaign kicks off [Tuesday] in…

WHO Panel Declares End To Zika As International Public Health Emergency; Agency Will Shift To Long-Term Strategy

CNN: WHO ends Zika public health emergency “The Zika virus outbreak and related clusters of microcephaly are no longer a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization said Friday…” (Goldschmidt, 11/18). Deutsche Welle: WHO ends Zika global health emergency, moves to long-term response “…But the United Nations…

U.N.-Supported Cholera Vaccination Teams Reach More Than 729K In Haitian Areas Hit Hard By Hurricane Matthew

U.N. News Centre: More than 729,000 Haitians vaccinated against cholera in U.N.-supported campaign “A Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/United Nations World Health Organization (WHO)-backed vaccination campaign has reached more than 729,000 people in Haiti’s areas devastated by Hurricane Matthew, which hit the country last month, the health agencies said. According…