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What we’re reading: Harm in immigrant detention facilities and what needs to happen when children die in U.S. custody

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A natural death: The political battlefield of infections and migrant children’s bodies – Tracing the events surrounding the death of eight-year-old Felipe Alonso Gomez in U.S. custody, Dr. Mark Travassos makes a compelling case for advocacy and action to expose and end harrowing violations of health and human rights in immigrant detention facilities. From the […]

A “Big IDea” takes infectious disease education and advocacy to Washington

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A day before the opening of the  joint annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medical Association, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society in Washington, DC, about 70 infectious diseases and HIV specialists, researchers and clinicians came to town for a day of educating their […]

Treatment rationing, other structural barriers stand in the way of stopping spread of hepatitis C among people living with HIV, study finds

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When provinces in Canada lifted restrictions pegging eligibility for treatment for hepatitis C with direct-acting antivirals to the stage of the disease — or range of liver damage — to make the medicines universally accessible, the numbers of people who accessed the treatment nearly doubled, a study reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases found. New initiation […]

With data on largest AFM outbreak yet, CDC urges readiness to recognize, report cases

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With a report showing that 2018 yielded the highest case numbers seen so far of a paralyzing condition largely among children who had been sick with a respiratory virus, U.S. health officials today urged physicians to be ready to quickly test for and report acute flaccid myelitis as the season in which is its likeliest […]

WHO: Measles cases up worldwide from this time last year

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With more than 112,000 cases of measles reported by 170 countries so far this year, the world is seeing rising rates of a vaccine-preventable illness over last year, according to data released by the World Health Organization today. At this point last year, with just seven fewer countries providing data, a little more than 28,000 […]

WHO 2018 Malaria report finds increased cases amid stalled responses

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Declining rates of malaria infection and deaths since 2010 are leveling off, with the highest burden countries seeing increased case numbers, and dropping donor funding, according to the 2018 global report on Malaria from the World Health Organization. At the same time, increased parasite resistance to antimalarial medicines in Southeast Asia, and widespread mosquito resistance […]

Citing overlooked social, economic, health impacts, study estimates West Africa Ebola outbreak costs at more than $53 billion

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Estimate exceeds previous estimates by more than $20 billion Deaths from non-Ebola causes contributed to highest West Africa outbreak costs, authors say During the 2013 to 2016 spread of Ebola across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as health systems and health workers were overtaken by the impacts of the virus, about a million fewer children […]

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 […]