China's small farmers pose huge challenge in swine fever battle
12 SEP - Even after 14 outbreaks of African swine fever across China in just over a month, pig farmer Wang Wu does not believe the threat to his livelihood is real. “I heard about the African swine fever thing. But then people said it was just rumor. It was fake news,” said Wang, who raises about 60 pigs in a village near Harbin, capital of China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province.
Global Fund Results Report
12 SEP - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released a report today demonstrating that 27 million lives have been saved by the Global Fund partnership. The report shows tremendous progress that has been achieved by efforts to end the epidemics, while highlighting new threats.
PNG: new friend versus old, APEC and polio
11 SEP - But as these two countries play out their aid-funded geostrategic dance, and PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill happily signs on the competing dance cards, his country becomes more beholden to unaffordable debt. This, while basic health and education services in PNG slide perilously backwards. What could be more telling of the breakdown in services than the re-emergence of polio just three months ago in the country that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared polio free in 2000.
Pharmaceutical pollution linked to rise in superbugs
11 SEP - Politicians have been criticised for their failure to stop manufacturers of antibiotics polluting the environment: a practice which has been linked to the global rise in superbugs.
Study: Flu vaccine protection starts to wane within weeks
11 SEP - Though the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends administration of the flu vaccine by the end of October, a new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases suggests that vaccine effectiveness may begin dropping within weeks of administration, adding more evidence of waning protection over the course of a single flu season.
Polio outbreak in Papua New Guinea reaches capital Port Moresby
11 SEP - First case confirmed in the capital which is preparing to host high-level Apec summit, prompting an emergency vaccination campaign.
A practical guide for developing and conducting simulation exercise
10 SEP - The aim of this document is to support countries in developing and conducting simulation exercises to test and validate their national pandemic influenza preparedness plans.
Molecular Evolution, Diversity, and Adaptation of Influenza A(H7N9) Viruses in China
AHEAD OF PRINT (OCT 2018) - The substantial increase in prevalence and emergence of antigenically divergent or highly pathogenic influenza A(H7N9) viruses during 2016–17 raises concerns about the epizootic potential of these viruses. We investigated the evolution and adaptation of H7N9 viruses by analyzing available data and newly generated virus sequences isolated in Guangdong Province, China, during 2015–2017. Our results indicate that highly pathogenic strains likely emerged from viruses circulating in eastern Guangdong Province during March 2016 and are associated with a high rate of adaptive molecular evolution.
Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance: Sharing industry data
10 SEP VIA CIDRAP - A set of recommendations from a Wellcome Trust pilot project to make human antimicrobial resistance (AMR) data generated and collected by the pharmaceutical industry publicly accessible.
Early-Stage Clinical Trial of Antimalarial Drug Begins
10 SEP VIA CIDRAP - Enrollment has begun in a Phase 1 clinical trial to test the safety of a new investigational drug designed to treat malaria, as well as its effect on the human body. The first-in-human study is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is being conducted at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina.