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White House rescission proposal, House resolution highlight disconnect between federal priorities, global realities

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On Tuesday, as the World Health Organization announced that Ebola had broken out in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the second time in a year, and the ninth time since the discovery of the disease there in the late 1970s, the White House released one more proposal to to cut funding for global and […]

Yellow fever vaccine entry requirements leave big gaps

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Fewer than a quarter of airplane passengers traveling to countries where yellow fever is endemic  were required to show proof of vaccination against the disease upon arrival, when they were traveling from countries where the disease is not transmitted locally, according to a report released this week by the World Health Organization. The finding, the […]

New Secretary of State a blank slate on global health

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Global infectious diseases responses not addressed Mike Pompeo’s hearing, testimony for Secretary of State confirmation President Trump applauded the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as the new Secretary of State Thursday, saying “He will always put the interests of America first.” In the view of many, including at least his three most recent predecessors, that would […]

Study finds more than 80 percent of patients needing WHO recommended last resort treatment for drug-resistant TB not getting it

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Roughly four years after the World Health Organization recommended that the newest drugs against tuberculosis be made available to patients for whom they represented a last resort, fewer than a fifth of patients needing them have received them, according to a report in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. The approvals of bedaquiline […]

Infection is unwanted souvenir from medical tourists’ trips

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Three patients with post-operative infections reported by New York Health officials in May 2017 to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sparked an investigation that revealed 35 more patients from nine states who had traveled to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic procedures and returned with nontuberculosis myobacteria. The investigation led to the temporary […]

IDWeek presenter highlights global implications of HIV treatment resistance in Philippines

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Oct. 7, 2017 SAN DIEGO –  Dr. Edsel Salvaña has two posters in the exhibit hall here, each one carrying terrible news from the Philippines, that, if you pause to look at the one he stands in front of, he will cheerfully and concisely explain, has frightening implications well beyond his country. In fact, with […]

Who needs infectious disease docs? Everyone . . .

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Journal supplement delves into the rewards and challenges of chasing bugs no one wants to catch . . . Of all the specialties a young physician can enter, one that offers a career of saving lives and protecting communities, supporting social justice and alleviating suffering, while following questions and finding answers across health systems, neighborhoods […]

State Department, PEPFAR release good news and a “strategy” short on details, definition

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Names 13 countries for “particular focus” with aim for epidemic control by 2020 . . . Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe to be focus of efforts . . . Providing some clarification to proposals to shift the focus of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief […]

Global health data review finds no country on track to end TB incidence by 2030, vast majority of countries falling short of goals to control HIV

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Projections based on  current burdens of disease, along with data from the preceding 26 years, show both vast inequalities of progress, as well as the likelihood of limited success across both wealthy and low-income countries in meeting specific goals to improve health care and health access around the world by 2030. The projections from a […]

Study: Screening malnourished children for TB in high-burden countries would boost detection

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Fewer than half of countries with high rates of tuberculosis incidence surveyed in a recent study have guidelines recommending screening for the disease among children receiving services for malnutrition, even though having those guidelines, increasing case-finding among children, linking them to care, and tracking their contacts could lead to inroads against the leading infectious disease […]