27 Apr 2016

New malaria strain is fueling this disease’s deadly comeback

“The dramatic drop in malaria deaths since the beginning of the century is one of the great public-health success stories of recent years. Thanks to concerted investments in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, the number of people killed by the disease each year has declined 60% since 2000, saving more than

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27 Apr 2016

Zika Has Spread to 43 Countries

“The Zika virus is continuing to spread around the globe, as health responders scramble to contain outbreaks and understand the effects of the virus, including serious brain defects like microcephaly. The World Health Organization recently warned that there is potential for a ‘marked increase’ in the number of infections, including

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21 Apr 2016

Pemex blast: Explosion at Mexican chemical plant kills 13

“The death toll from a huge explosion at a Mexican petrochemical plant that forced the evacuation of surrounding neighborhoods has risen to 13, authorities said.” Source: Pemex blast: Explosion at Mexican chemical plant kills 13 – CNN.com

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21 Apr 2016

New Map Finds 2 Billion People At Risk of Zika Virus

“A new global map calculating when and where Zika virus is likely to spread shows 2 billion people could be in the Zika zone.” Source: New Map Finds 2 Billion People At Risk of Zika Virus – NBC News

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19 Apr 2016

Peru: 1st indigenous sexually transmitted Zika infection recorded

“Peru Health Minister, Anibal Velasquez Valdivia announced at a press conference this weekend that they have recorded the country’s first indigenous case of Zika virus transmitted through sexual contact.” Source: Peru: 1st indigenous sexually transmitted Zika infection recorded | Outbreak News Today

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19 Apr 2016

U.S. military steps up Japan earthquake relief mission

“The U.S. has doubled the number of Marine MV-22B Ospreys involved with earthquake relief efforts in Japan and added two Air Force C-130H Hercules to help ferry supplies to those in need.” Source: U.S. military steps up Japan earthquake relief mission

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18 Apr 2016

Yellow fever outbreak in Angola is ‘threat to entire world’

“An outbreak of yellow fever in Angola in which hundreds have already died could be ‘a threat to the entire world’, the World Health Organisation has warned.” Source: Yellow fever outbreak in Angola is ‘threat to entire world’ | Africa | News | The Independent

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18 Apr 2016

Floods hit Chilean capital, cut water to millions

“Heavy rains have caused severe flooding and cut water service to 4.5 million people around Chile’s capital, Santiago, officials said Sunday.” Source: Floods hit Chilean capital, cut water to millions

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14 Apr 2016

Guinea Ebola Case Toll Climbs to Seven

“Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) voicing confidence that remaining isolated cases of Ebola could be contained, health officials confirmed on Wednesday 30 March that a resurgence of the deadly virus in a rural Guinean community has killed seven people. The news comes just a day after the WHO reported

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12 Apr 2016

UN delivers food aid by air drop to besieged Syrian city

“A U.N. agency has used parachutes to air drop food aid to a Syrian city under siege since March 2014. The Rome-based World Food Program says the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, its local partner, collected 22 of 26 pallets dropped Sunday from a chartered aircraft for the hungry in Deir

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