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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Trump budget proposes to gut research, responses that counter disease threats at home and around the world

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Administration details deep cuts to CDC domestic and global health programs, steep drops in National Institutes of Health funding, and a retreat from efforts to find and control outbreaks where they start . . . and calls it “Putting America’s Health First” Work led by the United States to prevent, detect, treat and control diseases, […]