08 Feb 2016

Zika’s spread in Brazil continues, but where else is in danger?

“Global health experts and the UK government have expressed concern over the potential for the Zika virus to spread from Latin America to impoverished countries in Africa and south-east Asia.” Source: Zika’s spread in Brazil continues, but where else is in danger? | World news | The Guardian

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08 Feb 2016

Cambodia Struggling to Stem the Spread of Drug Resistant Malaria

“Malaria infections in Cambodia and the Greater Mekong sub-region fell overall in 2015, according to health officials. But the continuing spread of drug-resistant parasites that cause the disease remains a major concern for local and international health authorities.” Source: Cambodia Struggling to Stem the Spread of Drug Resistant Malaria

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03 Feb 2016

U.S. confirms first sexually transmitted case of Zika virus

“Health officials in Dallas say two people there have been diagnosed with Zika virus, including one who was infected through sexual transmission, the first such case documented in the United States. The patient’s infection was confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CBS DFW reports.” Source: U.S.

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03 Feb 2016

Donors Face Record Request of $9 Billion to Aid Syrians

“International aid to the victims of Syria’s five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organizers of Thursday’s annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to $9 billion for 2016.” Source: Donors Face Record

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02 Feb 2016

UN: Syria approves aid deliveries to 3 besieged villages

“The Syrian government on Monday approved a United Nations request for new aid deliveries to the besieged towns of Madaya, Foua and Kfarya where hundreds of civilians are facing severe malnutrition and some have starved to death.” Source: UN: Syria approves aid deliveries to 3 besieged villages – The Washington

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01 Feb 2016

W.H.O. Declares Zika Virus an International Health Emergency

“The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus and its suspected link to birth defects an international public health emergency on Monday, a rare move that signals the seriousness of the outbreak and gives countries powerful new tools to fight it. An outbreak of the Zika virus, which is transmitted

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01 Feb 2016

Oxfam: $1.9B in Ebola Aid Not Delivered by Donors

“International donors have failed to deliver $1.9 billion in promised funds to help West African countries recover from the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people and decimated already weak health care systems, the U.K.-based charity Oxfam said Sunday.” Source: Oxfam: $1.9B in Ebola Aid Not Delivered by Donors

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31 Jan 2016

Colombia Reports More Than 2,100 Pregnant Women Have Zika Virus

“More than 2,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country’s national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease continued its spread across the Americas.” Source: Colombia Reports More Than 2,100 Pregnant Women Have Zika Virus – The New York Times

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31 Jan 2016

Miners in China Are Rescued After 36 Days Underground

“Four miners have emerged alive after 36 days trapped 720 feet underground in eastern China, after a huge, intensely reported rescue effort in this country that has been plagued by mine disasters.” Source: Miners in China Are Rescued After 36 Days Underground – The New York Times

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29 Jan 2016

Zika virus: Up to four million Zika cases predicted

“Three to four million people could be infected with Zika virus in the Americas this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts. “ Source: Zika virus: Up to four million Zika cases predicted – BBC News

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