With surveillance gaps, Angola sees microcephaly incidence rise over months following Zika confirmation

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The first cluster of microcephaly cases just outside Angola’s capital city was noticed in September of this year, marking nine months since tests in January had confirmed the virus in a sick adult, and in a stillborn infant with neurological defects. A WHO bulletin now says cases in the area had surfaced in May and […]

Ebola stories highlight global health security needs, efforts, progress in emerging infections detection, prevention, response

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In 2014, as international health leaders and policy makers launched the Global Health Security Agenda to meet increasingly urgent needs to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks around the world, the emergence of the Ebola crisis in West Africa underscored the immediacy of their mission. Spreading from a forest in Guinea to sweep […]

Study finds Zika virus in semen up to five months after symptom onset among returning infected travelers

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Among men infected with Zika while visiting the Americas, the median time the virus remained after being detected in their semen was nearly three months, a study of infected travelers returning to Belgium has found. Zika was found in semen samples from nine of 15 men who participated in the study, including in the semen […]

What we’re reading: World AIDS Day messages with urgency every day, and more

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Progress toward ending the HIV epidemic is challenged by threats to ACA – In a timely call for accountability, Chair of the HIV Medicine Association Dr. Melanie Thompson describes here how political battles to undermine the Affordable Care Act also undermine resources needed to win the war against HIV at home. Dr. Thompson, who also […]

Analysis: Trump PEPFAR strategy, budget proposals add up to surrender in HIV battle

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White House proposals to slash more than a billion dollars from U.S. supported HIV responses and limit efforts to control the epidemic to a handful of countries represents an unprecedented retreat from American leadership of the global fight against the disease and would reverse gains that were achieved, at a cost of more than $80 […]

Medical circumcision efforts gained ground against new HIV infections, but not enough

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Focused efforts to protect men and boys from HIV led to more than 14.5 million medical circumcision procedures globally between 2008 and 2016, enough to avert an estimated half million infections by 2030, according to a report released today. That progress, however, falls at least 30 percent short of the nearly 21 million procedures originally […]

Report shows 1 in 10 medicines in low-and middle income countries are substandard, falsified

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Antibiotics and antimalarial drugs are most frequently reported as substandard and falsified to the World Health Organization’s Global Surveillance and Monitoring system for such medical products, according to a WHO report released this week. The report estimates that one in ten medical products in low- and middle-income countries either fail to meet quality standards or […]

What we’re reading: The impacts of science and stigma

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Grateful for progress toward a disease-free world – In a world made smaller by travel, trade, and emerging infections, we’re grateful for physicians and researchers who work together across national borders to build a healthier world. Fogarty International Center Director Roger Glass discusses the progress those partnerships have yielded. Three decades on, stigma still stymies […]

Study reveals biological processes leading to active tuberculosis disease

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Researchers at the University of Cape Town in South Africa have identified a sequence of biological processes that occur as tuberculosis infection progresses to active pulmonary tuberculosis disease. The findings, which demonstrate a clear timeline of biological events that occur between infection and disease, hold important implications for the development of new diagnostics, treatments, and […]