Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Vaccinations begin in new Zika prevention trial

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A trial to test the safety of, and immune response prompted by, the latest candidate for a vaccine to protect against Zika virus infection has begun with injections among the first of what is planned to be 28 adult participants. Of the participants, 20 will receive an injection of a live, weakened non-replicating Zika virus created […]

Ebola outbreak: In second week, cases and deaths in North Kivu have surpassed those of three-month Equateur outbreak just ended

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With Ebola confirmation in seven health workers, hospital staff of 74 on leave, replaced, WHO leader says With 57 apparent Ebola cases — 30 of which are confirmed — and 41 deaths so far from the outbreak that was recognized in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province two weeks ago, the toll of […]

What we’re reading: Latest DRC Ebola outbreak poses new challenges, highlights ongoing R & D, training and resource needs

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Sustained US preparedness needed for Ebola and other pan-epidemic threats – Dr. Daniel Lucey of Georgetown University’s O’Neil Institute is familiar both with the on-the-ground obstacles to preventing the spread of disease with pandemic potential, and the on-the-ground consequences of delayed or inadequate responses. Having completed two volunteer stints caring for patients during the 2013-2016 […]

Ebola vaccine launch in North Kivu highlights urgency of seizing opportunities, closing health security gaps

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Ebola vaccine deployment reflects progress, need for ongoing strides in surveillance, laboratory resources, training Research toward the development of an Ebola vaccine had languished for more than a decade when the gravity of the outbreak in West Africa was recognized in 2014. Although the virus, and its potential to spread quickly and devastatingly in remote […]

New DRC Ebola outbreak poses high country-level, regional-level risks, WHO says

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“Tracking a deadly high threat pathogen across a war zone” puts response “at the top of the degree of difficulty scale” Risk of global spread remains low The context of the Ebola outbreak just announced in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province is “very different” from the context of the outbreak just declared […]

Use of Xpert TB diagnostic tool linked to lower death rates from all causes among HIV patients entering care in Malawi study

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Study randomized clinics to use Xpert or fluorescence microscopy for patients newly diagnosed with HIV showing TB symptoms  Among patients newly diagnosed with HIV and showing signs of tuberculosis disease, death rates in the year that followed were 22 percent lower among those in rural clinics assigned to use the Xpert point-of-care TB diagnostic tool, […]

AIDS 2018: Harm reduction, human rights, meaningful involvement of most affected get focus, raise questions of commitment

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While the next conference is set to be hosted in the United States, answers lie with those still excluded, speakers and protesters agree . . . AMSTERDAM – With growing epidemics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as well as continuing barriers to health services for marginalized populations everywhere serving as stubborn reminders that opportunities […]