Author Archives: Antigone Barton

What we’re reading: With another WHO PHEIC-out on DRC Ebola outbreak, critics ask if not now, when?

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The emergency committee convened in the aftermath of findings that a family with several members sick with Ebola had traveled from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Uganda, where two died, found for the third time that the 11-month outbreak still does not meet its criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, even […]

Spread of Ebola not a surprise, not a PHEIC, committee finds in third meeting

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Following a third emergency meeting since the outbreak of Ebola in a conflict-riven region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the first since the outbreak was found to have spread to neighboring Uganda, a committee appointed by the World Health Organization has once again concluded that the still uncontrolled crisis does not constitute a […]

Will Ebola cross-border spread spur recognition of an international public health emergency?

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An Ebola-infected child’s death in Uganda, and the confirmation of the virus in at least two of his family members who had together traveled from the Democratic Republic of Congo after attending the funeral of a relative who died in the outbreak there, brings reality to fears expressed since the beginning of the current outbreak […]

Study: A sterile syringe program already in place would have significantly reduced Scott County HIV incidence

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Once outbreak was recognized, program put in place reduced number of ongoing transmissions, modeling shows In 2015, when 181 of rural Scott County, Indiana’s 24,000 residents were diagnosed with HIV, the data signaled the largest HIV outbreak in a rural setting among people who were injecting drugs yet seen in the United States. Triggering the […]

CDC: Across 20 PEPFAR countries, index testing for HIV doubled diagnosis rates

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Tracing and offering HIV tests to exposed partners and children of people living with the virus led to twice the rate of positive tests than all other HIV testing interventions combined across 20 countries between 2016 to 2018, according to an analysis in the current Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the U.S. Centers for […]

From the tiniest patient, to building strategies, community plays pivotal roles in Ebola outbreak

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A seven-week old infant, less than two weeks old  when admitted to a Katwa Ebola treatment center with her fatally ill mother, is the latest “miracle baby,” touted by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry as owing her survival to a team of recovered and now Ebola-immune patients who nurtured her back to health. […]

What we’re reading: How to stop an epidemic

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From dead last in HIV suppression among high-income countries, to eliminating transmission  is going to take work – Dr. W. David Hardy saw his first HIV patients more than 30 years ago in Los Angeles, where some of the earliest studies improving understanding of the virus and the epidemic took place. More recently he has […]

Thinking strategically about nutrition supports disease responses and more

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The following is a guest post by Heather B. Davis, MPH, and Emily A. Bobrow, PhD, MPH, of MEASURE Evaluation Who has a strategic interest in nutrition? Is the world on course to meet global nutrition targets? What does it mean to have a robust national dialogue to support the development of practical nutrition solutions? […]

Study finds “no significant differences” in survival rates of Ebola patients getting intravenous fluids and those who didn’t

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Unmeasured factors leave questions, authors note A study retrospectively examining the role of intravenous fluids in preventing deaths of Ebola patients during the 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola crisis concludes the intervention, in itself, did not make a significant difference in chances of surviving during the 28 days following diagnosis. Differences in survival rates during the […]

In face of ongoing Ebola response challenges, WHO adapts vaccine strategy to streamline process, expand access, extend supply

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“Pop-up” vaccination sites, widened eligibility for inoculations, reduced doses, and the addition of a new investigational vaccine candidate are among the strategies a panel of World Health Organization experts has recommended to reverse discouraging trends, including increased cases and continuing security threats confronting responses to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. […]