Monthly Archives: February 2020

WHO: Committee finds DRC Ebola remains a PHEIC, while international team sets Covid-19 research priorities

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Instability, continued cases, global Covid-19 spread highlight needs for strengthened health systems in DRC and worldwide With promising signs that a year and a half of efforts to end the spread of Ebola in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo may at last be paying off, an emergency committee convened by the World Health Organization found […]

Covid-19: A Q & A on the first case in Orange County, Ca.

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Matthew Zahn, M.D., is medical director of the Division of Epidemiology and Assessment for the Orange County Health Care Agency. He answers questions here about one of the first patients confirmed to have the novel coronavirus, diagnosed, with what is now known as Covid-19, in Orange County, Ca. in January. When the magnitude of the Ebola […]

“Immune survivors” of Covid-19: Protective antibody for treatment and prophylaxis?

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Dr. Daniel Lucey, who has responded to, and monitored information on outbreaks since 2001, has provided a series of updates and analysis on the outbreak, now an epidemic of 2019-nCoV, the novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan China, since Jan. 7. He continues to respond to developments and data on the outbreak here. Is it likely […]

Covid-19: As its toll surpasses 1000 lives, the new coronavirus outbreak gets a name

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Covid-19 is announced as China case count surges past 40,000, as 13th patient diagnosed in U.S. Dr. Tedros also notes that struggle to end DRC Ebola outbreak continues Unheard of, and across most of the world unrecognized until two months ago, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus that as of today has taken more […]

Integrating services works to curb HIV transmission from mothers to their infants and retain mothers in care, study shows

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The following is a guest post by Emily Bobrow, PhD, of MEASURE Evaluation A combination of integrated service delivery approaches for mothers who are living with HIV has been shown in Uganda to improve retaining mothers in HIV care for 12 months and increasing exclusive breastfeeding for infants, as well as providing an increase in […]

What we’re reading: As 2019-nCoV toll surpasses that of SARS, what we know, what we’re learning, and what we need to know

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Coronavirus — Unknown Source, Unrecognized Spread, and Pandemic Potential – If the continued spread of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV across China and to a growing number of countries worldwide continues on its current trajectory, its arrival and then spread in African countries  could carry devastating impacts there far beyond those of the 2014-2016 West Africa […]

2019-nCoV: WHO team to land in China Tuesdsay, “object is still containment”

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Seeking details on the history of transmission and public health response to the outbreak of novel coronavirus discovered in during the early days of December 2019 in Hubei Province, a World Health Organization-appointed team will land in China Tuesday to launch what WHO officials say will be a collaboration and exchange of ideas on measures […]

2019-nCoV: With daunting and likely impacts in African countries, cost of three-month global response to novel coronavirus is $676m, WHO says

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GENEVA – The World Health Organization estimates $675 million will be required between February and April to support responses to the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, officials said here, for measures that include strengthening preparedness and response capacities in highly vulnerable countries. These include low- and middle-income countries at high risk of imported cases and with […]

2019 nCoV: With quarantines, novel coronavirus brings new and existing public health preparedness needs to the forefront

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The following is a guest post by Jeffrey Duchin, MD, FIDSA The quarantine and travel restrictions announced by the US federal government in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak may delay the onset of widespread transmission in the U.S., giving our public health systems and health care facilities more time to put mitigation plans in […]

2019-nCoV: Spread of coronavirus highlights need for strengthened global health security

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The following is a guest post by Judith Wasserheit, M.D., M.P.H. FIDSA and Krutika Kuppalli, M.D. With the dawn of a new decade, the world is confronted with a new infectious disease challenge, in the spread of a novel coronavirus that has rapidly infected more than 24,000 people in 25 countries and resulted in more […]