Category Archives: What we’re reading

What we’re reading: This World TB Day an ancient pandemic meets the latest global health threat

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As a New Pandemic Spreads, World TB Day Reminds us of Unfinished Business – Efforts to fight the latest global health threat can come at the expense of ongoing infectious disease responses, but pathogens don’t exist in a vacuum, notes this World TB Day release from the Infectious Diseases Society of America — which produces […]

COVID-19: We’re reading about the spread of the virus and what needs to happen now

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A weekend after noting that the “window of opportunity” that he alludes to daily appears to be “narrowing,” World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added that sudden case increases in Italy, Iran and South Korea counted in the latest WHO reports are “deeply concerning.” While a steady decline in China cases should indicate […]

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 […]

Wuhan 2019-nCoV — What we’re reading: Tracking the spread, impacts and learning curve

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Wuhan Coronavirus Map – Tracking the spread of an outbreak – The New York Times is updating this quick, comprehensive source faster than the CDC is updating its site with numbers of cases confirmed in a growing number of countries. Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China – The basis for […]

What we’re reading: Ways to track progress toward TB goals

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Combatting MDR TB: Year three – Released four years ago, the federal National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis raised hopes that targets and strategies would raise awareness of the resources needed to stem the spread of the hardest to treat forms of TB. The plan which emphasized expanded diagnosis and treatment access, also raised […]

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 […]

What we’re reading: An article, a platform and a petition urge presidential candidates to prioritize responses to diseases and the inequities that drive their spread

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Ending Pandemics: U.S. Foreign Policy to Mitigate Today’s Major Killers, Tomorrow’s Outbreaks, and The Health Impacts of Climate Change – This analysis in the Journal of International Affairs makes the case that the leadership needed to confront the most dangerous global health threats, including the pandemics to come, and the factors that will fuel them, […]

What we’re reading: An Ebola analysis and a Senate spending bill

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The Ebola Virus is Winning – This comprehensive analysis by J. Stephen Morrison of the Center for Strategic & International Studies explains how with unprecedented advantages of an effective vaccine and now proven treatments the 10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to defy control and threaten the region. Continued political and […]

What we’re reading: Violating law and human rights, immigrant detention conditions, policies are also at odds with U.S. public health priorities

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Denying flu shots to immigrants in custody a stark violation of law, ethics – In this Medpage Today opinion piece Dr. Cynthia Sears, the president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (which produces this blog) and professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, condemns the decision by U.S. Customs and […]

What we’re reading: Why DRC Ebola crisis calls for a PHEIC, how to end an epidemic and more

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It’s time to declare a public health emergency on Ebola – This opinion piece highlights what the declaration of a PHEIC, or public health emergency of international concern, would do towards optimizing and accelerating efforts to control the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and enhancing preparedness in neighboring countries. Shifting the argument of […]