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Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss U.S. Funding For Zika

USA TODAY: Congress fiddles, Zika spreads: Our view Editorial Board “…Congress’s propensity to rush from crisis to crisis, and its inconsistent spending on public health, make each new disease an emergency. … [B]oth chambers refuse to vote on Zika funding by itself. They have forced it to hitch a ride…

Sexual Transmission Of Zika Virus More Common Than Previously Believed, WHO Says In New Guidance

Agence France-Presse: WHO releases new updated guideline on sexual transmission of Zika virus “The World Health Organization has released an interim guidance update underscoring the mounting evidence that sexual transmission of the Zika virus is not only possible, but more common than previously assumed…” (5/31). Reuters: WHO advises eight weeks…

Puerto Rico Faces Health, Budget Crises Needing Congressional Attention

CQ News: Puerto Rico Zika Outbreak Highlights Medicaid Woes “Puerto Rico is facing three converging crises demanding congressional attention: hundreds of cases of Zika, a $72 billion fiscal disaster, and growing financial concerns about its Medicaid program. As lawmakers consider a $1.1 billion package to combat the nationwide spread of…

U.S. House, Senate Conference Committee Aims To Reconcile Zika Funding Legislation

The Hill: Congress heading toward Zika conference “…The Senate agreed by a voice vote Wednesday evening to go a joint House-Senate conference committee on a wide-ranging appropriations bill that includes $1.1 billion in unpaid-for funding to combat the Zika virus…” (Carney, 6/8). New York Times: Congress Will Work on $1.1…

Ability To Adapt To Disease Threats Makes Human Race Resilient

The Atlantic: Why Hasn’t Disease Wiped out the Human Race? Amesh Adalja, infectious disease physician at the University of Pittsburgh “…Diseases’ failure to knock us out is a testament to just how resilient humans are. Part of our evolutionary heritage is our immune system … This system, when viewed at…

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