Nigeria: Nigeria's 2023 Joint External Evaluation - Progress in the Right Direction
[Nigeria Health Watch] Nigeria, like many other African nations with similar complexities, has had its fair share of challenges in responding to disease outbreaks. In recent years, the country has experienced multiple outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Lassa Fever, Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM), Ebola, resurgences of Yellow Fever and Mpox, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. Nigeria is now facing a deadly Diphtheria outbreak, and as of July 2023, there have been 579 confirmed cases with a case fatality rate of 6.7% among (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 13, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: Health and Medicine Nigeria West Africa Source Type: news

Fake social media posts on Burning Man festival stir conspiracy theory frenzy
Rumors of an Ebola outbreak at the Burning Man festival spread like wildfire over the weekend with social media users posting fake health advisories, flight data and conspiracy theories to TikTok and Twitter, Forbes reported. Though the rumors have been debunked, their rapid spread is another…#tiktok #twitter #tweetedanddeleted #burningman #lax #blackrock #nevada #cindybishop #boston #burningmanproject (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 6, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

White House seeks input on tightening rules for risky pathogen research
A panel’s recommendations earlier this year to tighten U.S. rules for funding research on dangerous pathogens sparked concerns that some of the changes would hamper routine studies important to public health. Now, the White House is looking at ways to narrow the swath of federally funded research that would undergo the heightened reviews proposed in a final report released in March by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB). A notice posted today in the Federal Register by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) seeks comments by 16 October on a...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 1, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Danger of ‘Invisible’ Biolabs Across the U.S.
Recently, many California residents were disturbed to learn that a small, privately-operated bio lab in the Central Valley town of Reedley was shut down by Fresno County Department of Public Health officials after they found that it had been improperly managing almost 1,000 laboratory mice and samples of infectious diseases including COVID-19, rubella, malaria, dengue, chlamydia, hepatitis, and HIV. The lab was registered to a company called Prestige Biotech that sold a variety of medical testing kits, including for pregnancy and COVID-19, and it was likely storing disease samples for the purpose of developing and validati...
Source: TIME: Health - August 31, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Greene, Jassi Pannu and Allison Berke Tags: Uncategorized Science Source Type: news

East Africa: Region Collaborates in Epidemic Preparedness Efforts Following Recent Ebola Outbreak in Uganda
[Nile Post] The Ebola Virus Disease has cast a grim shadow over the African continent, with East African countries frequently grappling with outbreaks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 24, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: East Africa Ebola Health and Medicine Source Type: news

East Africa: EAC Nations to Formulate Action Plan On How to Deal With Ebola Virus Outbreaks
[Nile Post] East African countries are coming together to chart a way forward with handling the recurrent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreaks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 22, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: East Africa Ebola Health and Medicine Uganda Source Type: news

News at a glance: A win for obesity drugs, NIH unionization roadblocks, and Mexican fireflies under threat
CONSERVATION Researchers raise alarm over threat to Mexican fireflies Scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) last week delivered a letter to the Mexican government requesting it regulate tourism centered on the threatened firefly species Photinus palaciosi . Endemic to Mexico’s Tlaxcala forests, P. palaciosi is one of the few species that glow in synchrony, offering an annual spectacle that attracts thousands of visitors during summer mating season. The letter describes how littering, artificial light, and noise interfere with the insects’ ...
Source: ScienceNOW - August 10, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

U.S. FDA Approves Merck ’s Ervebo (Ebola Zaire Vaccine, Live) for Use in Children 12 Months of Age and Older
RAHWAY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE) August 3, 2023 -- Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expanded indication for Ervebo, which is now... (Source: - New Drug Approvals)
Source: - New Drug Approvals - August 3, 2023 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Gaithersburg's Emergent BioSolutions lands large federal contract to boost development of Ebola drug
If all milestones are hit, the contract could be worth more than $700 million over 10 years. (Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 1, 2023 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Alan Kline Source Type: news

Africa: Taxation for Development: the Impact of the Ebola Epidemic On Citizen Support Across West Africa
[Afrobarometer] Health shock shifts attitudes in favour of taxation in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 28, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: Africa Ebola Governance Health and Medicine Sustainable Development West Africa Source Type: news

Obesity Drugs Don't Make WHO Essential List, MS Drugs Added Obesity Drugs Don't Make WHO Essential List, MS Drugs Added
Obesity drugs will not join the World Health Organization ' s latest essential medicines list, but treatments for diseases, including Ebola and multiple sclerosis will.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - July 27, 2023 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

About to jet off on your summer holiday? Must-read list of all the killer bugs potentially lurking in your destination
Brits jetting off on holiday for sunshine, sand and sightseeing should also be aware of the killer bugs lurking in poplar holiday destinations. From Plague in Brazil to Ebola in Kenya. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 22, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Join Us in a Call to Protect Africa and the World from Pandemics
[allAfrica] The 194 Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) are currently negotiating the first pandemic accord. Acknowledging that the world learned many hard lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic, governments have agreed that effective mechanisms must be put in place to prevent, prepare, and better respond to the next global health threat. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 17, 2023 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Africa HIV-Aids and STDs Coronavirus Ebola Health and Medicine Malaria Tuberculosis Source Type: news

The U.S. Scientist At the Heart of COVID-19 Lab Leak Conspiracies Is Still Trying to Save the World From the Next Pandemic
Ralph Baric stepped onto the auditorium stage at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and looked out at the sparse audience that had come to hear him speak. On the large projector screen hanging behind him, the following words appeared: How Bad the Next Pandemic Could Be, What Might It Look Like, and Will We be Ready. The date was May 29, 2018. “Well, I have to admit I’m a little worried about giving this talk,” Baric said. “The reason is being labelled a harbinger of doom.” The screen shifted, and images of the four horsemen of the apocalypse—Death, Famine, War, and Plague&mda...
Source: TIME: Health - July 11, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Werb Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature freelance Source Type: news

AI? Brain manipulation? WHO ’s new chief scientist aims to anticipate global challenges
At the beginning of May, after almost 10 years at the helm of one of the world’s richest biomedical foundations, British physician Jeremy Farrar traded funding clout for a bigger international stage, moving to Geneva to become chief scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO). Farrar had helped make the U.K.-based Wellcome Trust a major player in global issues such as infectious diseases and the health effects of climate change. He also wasn’t shy about criticizing WHO’s leadership, specifically its slow response to the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014. Only the second person in the chief scie...
Source: ScienceNOW - June 29, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news