MMV August Newsletter
31 AUG - Medicines for Malaria Venture's August e-news
China battles spread of African swine fever as fifth case found
31 AUG - A deadly pig disease found for the first time in China in early August has quickly spread across the country, with officials declaring the fifth case in a month.
Health officials battling to halt the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) have already culled more than 25,000 pigs to try to halt its movement through the world's largest pork producer.
Study of Zika-affected babies shows early epilepsy onset, treatment resistance
30 AUG VIA CIDRAP - Clinical follow-up of 141 babies born with congenital Zika virus problems who were evaluated at a referral center in Brazil revealed that 67% experienced epilepsy, a prevalence that was higher than the 9% to 50% reported in earlier studies. Researchers from Brazil described their findings today in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine.
Drastic shift in vector-control strategy is required to eliminate Malaria around the Thailand-Myanmar border
31 AUG - Entomological determinants of malaria transmission in Kayin state, Eastern Myanmar: A 24-month longitudinal study in four villages [version 1; referees: awaiting peer review]
Democratic Republic Of Congo Needs Increased Health Investment For Global Security - WHO
Australia Celebrates 50 Years Of Achievement At PNG Institute Of Medical Research
30 AUG - The Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis attended the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR) in Goroka on Wednesday 29 August, where he spoke about the importance of working in partnership and announced new support.
Investing in regional health security for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific: managing health threats through regional and intersectoral cooperation
30 AUG - Emerging infectious diseases and the risk of transmission in the constant movement of people, animals, and goods make health security a priority issue in Asia and the Pacific. The region is paying more attention to strengthening health security through technical and political collaboration at multiple levels. With support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), developing member countries have been building up their health systems to better respond to health security threats. This paper discusses the magnitude and implications of health threats in the region. It provides an overview of global initiatives and discusses the important role that ADB can play in strengthening regional cooperation and national health systems.
How Met Office weather data is being used to predict cholera outbreaks
29 AUG - Sophisticated computer models of weather data and population movement are being used to predict future outbreaks of cholera.
Weather data from the UK Met Office and Nasa is being combined with research on the spread of the disease to predict where there is likely to be a cholera outbreak in Yemen – helping health workers to plan a response.
Russian Twitter trolls are 'weaponising' the online vaccine debate
29 AUG - Fake Twitter accounts and Russian trolls are “weaponising” public health communications, sowing misinformation and discord in online discussions on vaccines, according to research.
Researchers in the US have analysed 1.7 million tweets to look at the roles that bots – automated content generators – and trolls (individual users) play in influencing public debate around the safety of vaccines.
Experts give recommendations for next phase of US global health strategy
29 AUG VIA CIDRAP - A spending bill passed by Congress in March that extended funding for global health security programs for another 3 years directed the Trump Administration to create a strategy to guide future US efforts in the area, which is due this fall. In July, a group of stakeholders brought together by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security met to contribute their input. The center yesterday released a summary report that covers the major recommendations from the daylong event, which involved discussion among more than 70 experts.