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How to Wipe Out Malaria for Good
Malaria has plagued humanity for thousands of years. Caused by a tiny parasite transported from person to person by a certain kind of mosquito, the disease poses a risk to nearly half the world’s population. The WHO attempted to eradicate malaria in the 1960s and while it succeeded in ridding many countries of the disease, it fell short of the goal due to growing drug resistance and by failing to focus enough attention on Africa. Every year on World Malaria Day, April 25, the malaria community celebrates progress made to date and focuses on the challenges ahead. This year is especially exciting as just this past Fri...
Source: TIME: Health - April 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin M. Stuckey Tags: Uncategorized Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Malaria World Malaria Day Source Type: news

Liberia:Help in Sight for Ebola Orphans in Bong County
[Observer] Many would consider the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and its accompanying horrific tales as things of the past, but its impact has never faded away, especially in rural parts of the country where help for victims or post-Ebola recovery programs have been practically nonexistent. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 23, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Hungarian laboratory worker isolated after exposure to Ebola virus
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A Hungarian laboratory worker has been isolated at a Budapest hospital after accidental exposure to the deadly Ebola virus but has shown no symptoms so far, health officials said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Hungarian scientist exposed to Ebola, WHO says
The World Health Organization says it has co-ordinated shipment of an experimental Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat a laboratory scientist in Hungary who was exposed to the potentially deadly disease earlier this month. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

UN health agency: Hungarian scientist exposed to Ebola
The World Health Organization says it has helped ship an experimental Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat a laboratory scientist in Hungary who was exposed to the potentially deadly disease in an accident earlier this month (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

UN health agency: Hungarian scientist sickened by Ebola
The World Health Organization says it has helped ship an experimental Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat a laboratory scientist in Hungary who caught the potentially deadly disease in an accident earlier this month (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Liberia:Lab Week 2018 to Highlight Diagnostics in Liberia Post-Ebola
[Observer] On April 24-25, health professionals will gather at the Monrovia City Hall for an event titled, "Celebrate Lab Week: Building Sustainability Post Ebola!" (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia:'Drug Addiction Is Dangerous Than Ebola'
[New Republic] -Says RDY Boss, Decry Gov't Crackdown (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ebola media coverage impacted how the public perceived the disease and survivors
(University of Missouri-Columbia) Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that news coverage of Ebola during the time it was in the US focused on telling individual stories to humanize those affected. Based on these findings, the researchers suggest that reporters covering health crises might have a greater positive impact on their audiences if they write human interest stories that share helpful information. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Africa:Ebola, Other Diseases Piloted in New Insurance Programme
[EA Business] Johannesburg -The African Risk Capacity (ARC), an agency of the African Union, is developing an insurance product to facilitate rapid, first-line financial responses to disease outbreaks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Overestimated mutation rate
(ETH Zurich) At the start of the epidemic in West Africa, the Ebola virus did not change as rapidly as thought at the time. ETH researchers explain why scientists misjudged it at the time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cataract Surgery on Ebola Survivors Safe for Docs
WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 -- Doctors needn't worry when they perform cataract surgery on Ebola survivors with eye problems caused by the highly contagious virus, a new study finds. Between 13 percent and 34 percent of Ebola survivors develop eye... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 11, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Are We Ready for the Next Outbreak?
U.S. Agency for International Development. 04/01/2018 This three-part series of podcasts discusses how the recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika demonstrate the need for new and improved tools to fight infectious diseases. Part One provides the context around current and future efforts in the prevention of and response to infectious disease outbreaks. Parts Two and Three detail how the U.S. Agency for International Development identifies and invests in the most promising ideas, and applies market-oriented approaches to reduce the time it takes to transform ideas in a lab to impact on the ground. (Video or Multimedia) (Source:...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Anthropology in public health emergencies: what is anthropology good for? - Stellmach D, Beshar I, Bedford J, du Cros P, Stringer B.
Recent outbreaks of Ebola virus disease (2013-2016) and Zika virus (2015-2016) bring renewed recognition of the need to understand social pathways of disease transmission and barriers to care. Social scientists, anthropologists in particular, have been rec... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Doctor who survived Ebola visits Winnipeg to thank ZMapp scientists
A doctor who went to West Africa to fight the Ebola outbreak ended up being the successful guinea pig for an experimental new treatment to fight the virus. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Stay Hungry, Not Foolish: What We Can Learn From A Career In Fighting AIDS and Ebola
What can we learn from someone who spent his career chasing highly mortal disease like ebola, and convincing the world to use condoms to combat AIDS? Peter Piot, the former head of UNAIDS and head of The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, did it all. Here are his career lessons. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 4, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: World Economic Forum, Contributor Source Type: news

ID Break: Preprints for Outbreaks; HIV and Insurance; Ebola Biomarkers
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of infectious diseases (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - April 4, 2018 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Post-Ebola cataract surgery can safely restore vision
(Emory Health Sciences) Cataract surgery can be safely performed on Ebola virus disease survivors with impaired vision, Emory Eye Center ophthalmologists and 40 colleagues around the world report. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Preprints accelerated between Ebola and Zika epidemics
(PLOS) Preprints -- scientific manuscripts that are posted at a recognized online repository before peer review -- have the potential to speed up the reporting of scientific research in infectious disease outbreaks, argue Michael Johansson and colleagues in an Essay in PLOS Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 3, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ebola Recovery: USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) Has Initiated or Completed Most Projects, But a Complete Project Inventory Is Still Needed for Evaluating Its Efforts
U.S. Government Accountability Office. 03/28/2018 This 59-page report examines obligations for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Ebola recovery projects, the status of USAID's implementation of these projects, and USAID's evaluation of Ebola recovery efforts. Congress appropriated funds to USAID and the Department of State for Ebola response and preparedness, and USAID used some funds for Ebola recovery projects. The report recommends that the Administrator of USAID ensure that a complete and accurate inventory of Ebola recovery projects is compiled for the ongoing evaluation. (PDF) (Source: Disaster ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Researchers identify chemical compound that inhibits Ebola virus replication
An organic chemical compound shows effective antiviral activity against Ebola virus and several other viruses, according to a study led by Georgia State University. The researchers found benzoquinoline inhibited the ability of Ebola virus to multiply and reproduce in cell culture. The findings are published in the journal Antiviral Research. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - March 29, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Detecting Ebola Before Symptoms Show Up
WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 -- An immune system response may reveal presence of the deadly Ebola virus before symptoms appear, researchers report. Currently, there's no way to diagnose Ebola until symptoms show up, which can occur anytime between 2... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 28, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Delay in Global Disease Outbreak Response: H1N1, Ebola, Zika Delay in Global Disease Outbreak Response: H1N1, Ebola, Zika
What have we learned from the recent Zika, Ebola, and H1N1 crises about sources of delays in recognizing and responding to global disease outbreaks, and the factors that influence them?American Journal of Public Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Researchers identify chemical compound that inhibits Ebola virus replication
(Georgia State University) An organic chemical compound shows effective antiviral activity against Ebola virus and several other viruses, according to a study led by Georgia State University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Potential biomarkers in animals could signal Ebola virus infection before symptoms appear
(US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases) Scientists have identified potential biomarkers in nonhuman primates exposed to Ebola virus (EBOV) that appeared up to four days before the onset of fever, according to research published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The work, a collaboration between the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and Boston University (BU), could pave the way for developing diagnostic tools to identify EBOV infection in humans even before symptoms appear. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

BU study: Diagnosing Ebola before symptoms arrive
(Boston University) Boston University researchers studied data from 12 monkeys exposed to Ebola virus, and discovered a common pattern of immune response among the ones that got sick. This response occurred four days before the onset of fever -- the first observable symptom of infection. The work, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, suggests a possible biomarker for early diagnosis of the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 28, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

U.S. and Global Health Security at a Time of Transition
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. 03/12/2018 This one-hour, 41-minute panel discussion with leading experts focuses on issues related to the future of U.S. global health security efforts. Topics include the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA); the increase in funding after the Ebola and Zika outbreaks that allowed for the expansion of U.S. efforts around the world; the future of U.S. engagement in global health security, including funding levels and programmatic support; and the role the U.S. will play in the GHSA in the coming years. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

High doses of antiviral drug may be effective against Ebola
(PLOS) High doses of favipiravir extended survival in non-human primates infected with Ebola virus, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Jeremie Guedj of INSERM, France, and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 27, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Emergency risk communication: lessons learned from a rapid review of recent gray literature on ebola, zika, and yellow fever - Toppenberg-Pejcic D, Noyes J, Allen T, Alexander N, Vanderford M, Gamhewage G.
A rapid review of gray literature from 2015 to 2016 was conducted to identify the lessons learned for emergency risk communication from recent outbreaks of Ebola, Zika, and yellow fever. Gray literature databases and key websites were searched and requests... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Professor helps develop model to quantify how surgeries reduce cancer risk
Elisa Long was 33 years old and new to the UCLA Anderson faculty when her research and her life grimly intersected. Specializing in medical decision making under uncertainty, she routinely studied how to weigh difficult decisions, often in the absence of complete information. Newly diagnosed with breast cancer — she would soon learn that she is also a BRCA1 mutation carrier — Long was confronted with a critical dilemma of her own: How long could she delay prophylactic surgery to remove healthy organs and still avoid further cancer and risk to her life?Up to 65 percent of women with BRCA1 gene mutations and 45 p...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 24, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Liberia:Ebola Survivors Cry for Better Health-Care
[New Dawn] The president of the Ebola Survivors Network in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone Mr. Patrick Farley says Ebola survivors in Liberia are crying for a better healthcare. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 22, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Disease X: How deadly disease could cause a global epidemic on scale of Zika or Ebola
DISEASE X has been identified as a mystery pathogen by World Health Organisation scientists, who believe it may have the potential to cause a deadly outbreak as bad as Zika or Ebola – or even worse. But how could Disease X cause a global epidemic? One expert explains how animals could be to blame. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mutating Ebola's key protein may stop replication
(Purdue University) Researchers were able to mutate Viral Protein 40 (VP40) in a way that changed the residues of the protein, blocking the budding and replication of Ebola virus in a model system. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 12, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

ZMapp antibody delivered by viral vector protects against Ebola infection
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study comparing the effectiveness of individual ZMapp antibodies versus a cocktail of antibodies, administered to mice using recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) delivery vectors, showed the ability to achieve 100% protection against infection by Ebola virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 9, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Nigeria:Scientist Develops Ebola, Lassa Fever Detector
[Guardian] Abuja -A Nigerian scientist, Dr. Michael Odighemeh, has announced the discovery of a fuzzy-neutral expert system for detecting Ebola and Lassa fever. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 7, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Discovery fills gap in search for better treatments for Ebola, other viruses
(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine& Dentistry) University of Alberta researchers have found the Ebola polymerase (enzyme), which may lead to more effective research and better treatments for the often fatal infection, and other related viral diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

University of Guelph researchers reveal new way to potentially fight Ebola
(University of Guelph) University of Guelph researchers have shown an innovative antibody delivery method could be an effective way to prevent and treat Ebola infection. They proved that delivering a monoclonal antibody gene to a cell through a viral vector -- a process that bypasses the need for the host to generate a natural immune response -- provided up to 100-per-cent protection against infection in mice. The mice expressed the antibody for more than 300 days. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Annual Epidemiological Report for 2015: Ebola and Marburg Fevers
European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 01/2018 This four-page surveillance report is based on data for 2015 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on December 12, 2016, and additional information from epidemic intelligence. It states that no cases of Ebola viral hemorrhagic fever and Marburg hemorrhagic fever infections were reported in European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries in 2015. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

A CDC researcher left work sick two weeks ago — then vanished
Dr. Timothy J. Cunningham had been a rising official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Harvard-educated epidemiologist was promoted in July at the U.S. Public Health Service in Atlanta and contributed to responses following outbreaks of Zika, Ebola and health emergencies caused by Hurricane Sandy. He also was a prominent fixture in the Atlanta community, […]Related:The CDC researcher who mysteriously vanished had recently been passed over for a promotion, police sayA teen was told he likely had the flu. It turned out to be late-stage cancer.Transgender surgeries are on the rise, s...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vodafone's mobile data to be deployed to fight epidemics in Ghana
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Mobile data will be used in Ghana to track and control epidemics, helping prevent a repeat of the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, in a pioneering program announced by Vodafone Foundation on Monday.   (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

A CDC researcher left work sick two weeks ago — then vanished
Timothy J. Cunningham had been a rising official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Harvard-educated epidemiologist was promoted in July at the U.S. public health service in Atlanta and contributed to responses following outbreaks of Zika, Ebola and health emergencies caused by Hurricane Sandy. He also was a prominent fixture in the Atlanta community, earning […]Related:Health officials fear an Australian tourist spread measles across New YorkA mother Googled her toddler’s symptoms — and believes it may have saved the child’s lifeHere’s what you should know ...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC Wants $400 Million to Build a New Lab for the World ’s Deadliest Germs
(NEW YORK) — Thirteen years after building a state-of-the-art lab for the world’s most dangerous germs, the nation’s top public health agency is asking for more than $400 million to build a new one. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the current lab building in Atlanta is quickly wearing down, and cannot be upgraded without shutting down the facility for years. The lab investigates deadly and exotic germs like Ebola, smallpox and dangerous new forms of flu.The agency disclosed its plans for a new lab on Friday. The CDC lab is one of only eight U.S. labs with the security and s...
Source: TIME: Science - February 24, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mike Stobbe / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

After Ebola crisis, Yale works to strengthen Liberian health system
Led by Dr. Asghar Rastegar, Yale faculty has partnered with the Liberian government to improve health infrastructure and prepare for more public health crises. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - February 23, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

CDC seeks new labs for bioterror pathogens to replace aging facility
ATLANTA — Inside a complex of special government labs, scientists in full-body protective suits work with some of the world’s deadliest pathogens: Ebola, smallpox and certain strains of bird flu. Many of the organisms have no treatment or vaccine, so the labs housed in this facility on the sprawling campus of the Centers for Disease […]Related:Flu cases fall for the first time this awful influenza seasonCDC warns about salmonella infections traced to kratomHere’s what you should know about the flu season this year (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC Director Resigns Amid Reports of Tobacco Stock Trade
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on January 31, 2018, that Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald would resign as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The statement read, “Dr. Fitzgerald owns certain complex financial interests that have imposed a broad recusal limiting her ability to complete all of her duties as the CDC Director. Due to the nature of these financial interests, Dr. Fitzgerald could not divest from them in a definitive time period.” The decision came a day after Politico reported that she bought stock in a large tobacco company within a month of start...
Source: Public Policy Reports - February 23, 2018 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Promising treatment for Ebola to be tested at Texas Biomed
(Texas Biomedical Research Institute) During the West African Ebola outbreak that began in 2013, an experimental biopharmaceutical drug called ZMappTM was a glimmer of hope in the midst of a health crisis. Now, scientists at Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio have been awarded a $2 million dollar contract by the makers of ZMapp, Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Inc., to further test this promising new therapeutic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 22, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

How bats carry viruses without getting sick
(Cell Press) Bats are known to harbor highly pathogenic viruses like Ebola or Marburg and yet they do not show clinical signs of disease. In a paper published in the journal Cell Host& Microbe on February 22, scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China find that in bats, an antiviral immune pathway called the STING-interferon pathway is dampened, and bats can maintain just enough defense against illness without triggering a heightened immune reaction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia:150 Documented Ebola Orphans Need Urgent Socioeconomic, Educational Assistance
[Observer] Some of the Diompillor Liberia Chapter supported orphans from Monrovia and rural Liberia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

West Africa:Ebola's Impact Reached Beyond Death Toll to Basic Health Care
[VOA] More than 100,000 malaria cases went untreated when Liberia's health care system buckled under the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, according to a new study. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

West Africa:3 Years After Ebola, West Africa's Response to Epidemics Is On
[Daily Trust] The West Africa Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control (ECOWAS-RCSDC)-the region's response to managing and preventing epidemics-goes operational in Abuja on Wednesday, nearly three years after heads of regional governments approved it in 2015. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news