MMV September Newsletter
Ebola Likely to Spread From Congo to Uganda, W.H.O. Says
28 SEP - Local fighting and fleeing patients led the organization to increase its alert level. The disease has appeared in a Congolese fishing village near Uganda.
In Hong Kong, Hepatitis E Strain Jumps From Rats to Humans
28 SEP - In densely populated areas like Hong Kong, “infections that jump from animals to humans must be taken very seriously,” one researcher said.
The U.S. Government Engagement in Global Health: A Primer
28 SEP - Today, the U.S. government remains the largest funder and implementer of global health programs worldwide and global health remains the largest component of foreign assistance, although funding has leveled in recent years.
The Next Pandemic Will Be Arriving Shortly
28 SEP - Deadly diseases like Ebola and the avian flu are only one flight away. The U.S. government must start taking preparedness seriously.
WHO changes 1 strain for egg-based Southern Hemisphere 2019 flu vaccines
28 SEP - The experts also called for 3 new pandemic candidate vaccine viruses.
CEPI announces partnership to support MERS, Lassa, Nipah vaccines
28 SEP - The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) yesterday announced that it has awarded a contract worth as much as $19 million to Oxford University and Janssen Vaccines to advance the development and manufacture of a vaccine against MERS-CoV and do preclinical studies of new vaccines against Lassa and Nipah viruses.
How antimicrobial resistance (AMR) stewardship is a critical part of strong health systems
28 SEP - During the kick-off session in Tanzania with the project team, it was quickly apparent to me that my preconceived recommendations would not apply to East Africa. My assumptions about what would work were based on a different setting.
Poverty driving TB in Papua New Guinea
28 SEP - Papua New Guinea is one of those countries where neglect of the disease through the years has caused the number of cases to spiral exponentially and allowed new drug-resistant strains to develop, resulting in many communities being trapped in a vicious cycle at the interplay of poverty and tuberculosis – one driving the other.
Study heralds genetic era of TB drug susceptibility testing
27 SEP - Whole-genome sequencing could lead to faster, more accurate resistance testing.