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Incidence Of Vaccine-Preventable, Insect-Borne Diseases Rises In Venezuela As Health Care System Fails, Threatening Region, Experts Say

The Guardian: Venezuela crisis threatens disease epidemic across continent — experts “Experts have warned of an epidemic of diseases such as malaria and dengue on an unprecedented scale in Latin America following the collapse of the health care system in Venezuela…” (Boseley/Graham-Harrison, 2/21). NBC News: Life-threatening, insect-borne diseases spike in…

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ABC: Poo and polio: How researchers are using one to find the other (Kearney, 2/21). Agence France-Presse: Desperate measures: Pakistani women seek abortions as birth control (2/18). BMJ: Lassa outbreak: WHO warns of unusually rapid spread in Nigeria (Dyer, 2/19). Devex: New coalition harnesses ‘radical collaboration’ for community health (Cheney,…

Prior Dengue Infection Might Have Protective Effect Against Zika, Study Shows

CIDRAP News: Study: Dengue immunity may have offered protection against Zika in Brazil “A new study published [Thursday] in Science shows that prior dengue infection may have protected some Brazilians from severe Zika infections during the 2015-2016 epidemic in the Americas. The study findings could have major implications for both…

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Associated Press: U.S. doctor who survived Ebola honored for service in Liberia (Marcelo, 1/31). The BMJ: Coca-Cola and obesity: study shows efforts to influence U.S. Centers for Disease Control (Iacobucci, 1/30). Devex: What role for development actors in global food system overhaul? (Green, 1/31). Devex: How one NGO helped eliminate…

Children With Prior Dengue Infection Less Likely To Show Zika Infection Symptoms, Study Says

CIDRAP News: Prior dengue in kids may protect against Zika symptoms “Prior dengue infection may protect children from Zika illness symptoms, an international research team reported [Tuesday], based on data from a longstanding dengue cohort study in Nicaragua. The scientists found, however, that dengue immunity doesn’t seem to generally protect…

‘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…

Dengue Immunity In Children May Protect Against Symptomatic Zika Infection, Study Shows

National Institutes of Health: Dengue immunity may be protective against symptomatic Zika, study finds “Children with a history of prior dengue virus infection had a significantly lower risk of being symptomatic when infected by Zika virus, according to a study in Nicaragua of more than 3,000 children aged two to…

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New Scientist: Exclusive: Cuba failed to report thousands of Zika virus cases in 2017 (Baraniuk, 1/8). SciDev.Net: Fish protein wafers to ease acute malnutrition in children (Arkin, 1/10). Sojourners: The Good News on Global Poverty (Taylor, February 2019). Thomson Reuters Foundation: Kenya says no schoolgirls being screened for FGM after…

Rift Valley Fever In Pregnant Women Could Severely Harm Fetuses, Research Shows

New York Times: A Virus Even More Dangerous Than Zika to Pregnant Woman “The mosquito-borne virus that causes Rift Valley fever may severely injure human fetuses if contracted by mothers during pregnancy, according to new research. … Results showed that the virus may be even more damaging to fetuses than…