Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Congress passes bill supplying temporary government funding, long-awaited Zika money

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Two days ahead of the deadline for money to keep the government running, and 218 days after the White House called for emergency dollars to fight the spread of Zika virus, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a spending resolution Wednesday answering both needs. The continuing resolution that passed the House by 342-85 vote, and […]

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raises $12.9 billion for next three years

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Launch of 2016 replenishment of funds to fight three diseases comes close to goal, exceeds 2013 donations The $12.9 billion in donations to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the launch of its fifth replenishment Saturday puts the international charity effectively within reach of its $13 billion goal and reflects increases in national […]

Investigation finds evidence sexual transmission of Ebola sparked new outbreak in Guinea more than a year after survivor’s recovery

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Persisting virus in survivor’s semen apparently remained infectious 470 days after symptoms began Case underscores value of enhanced surveillance, improved diagnostic, care and outbreak response capacities, authors say The Ebola outbreak in Guinea had been declared over in December 2015, more than three months earlier, this last March when health officials investigating three recent deaths […]

Without new funding by Oct. 1, Zika responses will be limited, HHS says

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Zika’s reach expands in neighboring countries and domestically, while search for intersection of politics and public health continues . . . On one hand, you have the depletion of funds allocated for implementing the Affordable Care Act and controlling Ebola, a barrier to funds for family planning services, a continued cap on Medicaid spending in […]

WHO review connects Zika to paralyzing disorder, microcephaly

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Cause for Congressional inaction remains unclear An evaluation of studies completed through July indicates that Zika virus infection is a trigger for the paralyzing Guillain Barre Syndrome, and a cause of congenital brain abnormalities that include microcephaly, the World Health Organization announced today in an updated statement on links between the continuing spread of the […]

Senate stalls Zika funding while WHO, researchers deliver daunting updates

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The World Health Organization released new recommendations Tuesday, advising men and women who have traveled to areas of active Zika transmission, whether symptomatic or not, to use condoms or abstain from sex  for six months. That’s the length of time previously advised only for males who did show symptoms of Zika infection, and almost as […]

Congress took a break; infectious diseases didn’t

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Findings show added Zika impacts, need for continued attention to Ebola Like a television series that ended the previous season with a cliffhanger, the U.S. Congress this week will pick up exactly where action froze in the early summer with a still unanswered February White House request for emergency Zika funding. But unlike the action […]