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UN Summit to Discuss Global Impact of ‘Superbugs’

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The United Nations general assembly convened to discuss the growing impact of ‘superbugs,’ or infections with anti-microbial resistance (AMR), on global development on Sept 21 (Reuters; UN). This is the fourth time a UN summit has been called regarding health matters; the previous three focused on Ebola, AIDS/HIV and non-communicable diseases, respectively (NY; Reuters). UN […]

Global Fund Raises $12.9 Billion to End Epidemics

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In Montréal on September 17, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFFATM) raised US$12.9 billion from international donors (CCTV 1; Reuters). Hosted by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Global Fund 5th Replenishment Conference welcomed significant contributions from several key donors (GF; Reuters). This included the […]

Confirmed Transmission of Zika Virus from Blood Transfusion in Brazil

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Brazilian heath authorities have confirmed two cases of the Zika virus being transmitted through blood transfusions. Both cases occurred in early 2015, the first being a man with gunshot wounds and the other being a liver transplant recipient (WSJ). Both were treated in Campinas, a city near Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil (Reuters). […]

Climate Change Exacerbates the Zika Virus

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On February 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus was an international public health emergency (New York Times). The outbreak is currently affecting communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (Climate Central). While the majority of Zika cases are asymptomatic, the virus is thought to contribute to […]