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Covid-19: As its toll surpasses 1000 lives, the new coronavirus outbreak gets a name

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Covid-19 is announced as China case count surges past 40,000, as 13th patient diagnosed in U.S. Dr. Tedros also notes that struggle to end DRC Ebola outbreak continues Unheard of, and across most of the world unrecognized until two months ago, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus that as of today has taken more […]

116th Congress: Three new Democrats, one new Republican bring a range of inspirations to LHHS House Appropriations Subcommittee

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies oversees spending at HHS agencies that include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. With new members that include the author of one of the first comprehensive legislative acts responding to AIDS in America, a […]

116th Congress: Meet the new Republican, two new Democrats on the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee

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With oversight of funding for the State Department, and, with that, for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and for USAID, the House Appropriations subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and related programs plays a pivotal role in American leadership of global infectious disease responses. With the Democratic majority the subcommittee gets two […]

IDWeek 2016: Brazilian HIV physician describes living with endemic Zika infection

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New Orleans, La – The most disturbing thing about having Zika, Dr. Mauro Schechter said, was pruritus, or severe itching. But severe itching isn’t the right way to describe it, he said at IDWeek’s opening plenary. It felt as if “you have pins coming from inside out, plus itching,” he said. “Maybe it’s a sign […]

Fauci: A “global health reserve fund” needed, for Zika, and outbreaks to come

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//UPDATE — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, citing additional locally transmitted Zika infections, and failures in mosquito control efforts, issued a alert today advising pregnant women to avoid a 1-mile radius surrounding the Miami neighborhood where local transmission has taken place, in addition to other precautions.// The National Institutes of Health is set to start […]

CDC, State Department urge Congress to take action on Zika funding before summer break

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In February, when the Obama Administration proposed a $1.9 billion package to respond to the Zika outbreak, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden heard it might take three months for Congress to approve it, and he was shocked. Five months later, with the Zika supplemental bill still mired in bipartisan gridlock while […]

In Zika, as in Ebola responses, emergency responses meet status quo

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Of the $9.6 million the United Nations Population Fund tried to raise to address the sexual spread of Zika virus in countries around the world, it has received just $250,000, according to the World Health Organization’s most recent update on global responses to the disease, released last week. UNFPA had estimated that $9.6 million would […]

“Zika is a test to see if we’ve learned anything from Ebola” — Emergency funding not enough to deal with emerging infections, panelists say

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The 1.9 billion dollars the Obama Administration has requested to respond to the Zika virus is not enough, according to Amy Pope. It’s not enough to build lab capacity, improve surveillance and diagnostics, and strengthen overall health systems so that the global community can anticipate emerging infections instead of reacting to them, she says. That, she […]

Zika makes it from Americas to Africa, while funding to build health systems there hits wall

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The day after both houses of Congress voted to fund Zika responses only at the expense of addressing ongoing challenges posed by the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the World Health Organization has confirmed that the strain of Zika now spreading in the West Africa island nation of Cabo Verde is the form of the […]