Health Security Digest

  • The Jakarta Post

    Indonesia to lead global fight against pandemic zoonoses

    7 November 2018

    7 NOV - Dyaning Pangestika

    With the emergence of many diseases amid climate change around the globe, Indonesia has taken initiative to lead other countries in preventing pandemic zoonoses through the zoonotic disease action package (ZDAP) scheme.

  • OECD

    OECD: Interventions to reduce resistant bacteria could save lives, money

    7 November 2018

    7 NOV - via CIDRAP

    According to the OECD analysis, the proportion of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria could increase from 17% in 2015 to 18% in 2030 across the 33 OECD countries, with resistance to second- and third-line antibiotics expected to be 70% higher by 2030.

  • PLOS NTDs

    Nationwide survey in Japan finds deep misconceptions about antibiotics

    7 November 2018

    7 NOV - via CIDRAP

    A nationwide survey in Japan has found that misconceptions about antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) abound, and many have taken antimicrobials inappropriately, with almost half having obtained antibiotics for the common cold.

  • PLOS NTDs

    Transmissibility of emerging viral zoonoses

    7 November 2018

    7 NOV - Joseph W. Walker et al.,

    Effective public health research and preparedness requires an accurate understanding of which virus species possess or are at risk of developing human transmissibility. Unfortunately, our ability to identify these viruses is limited by gaps in disease surveillance and an incomplete understanding of the process of viral adaptation. By fitting boosted regression trees to data on 224 human viruses and their associated traits, we developed a model that predicts the human transmission ability of zoonotic viruses with over 84% accuracy. This model identifies several viruses that may have an undocumented capacity for transmission between humans.

  • MALAYSIA MAIL

    Health Ministry: Monkey malaria spike due to better diagnosis, but deforestation raises risk

    7 November 2018

    7 NOV - The Ministry of Health (MoH) has explained today that the spike in monkey malaria reports in the last 10 years was due to improvements in diagnosis that can differentiate between such cases and other variants that affect humans.

  • nature

    Book: Lessons from the Ebola front lines

    6 November 2018

    6 NOV - Pardis Sabeti and Lara Salahi

    Outbreak Culture: The Ebola Crisis and the Next Epidemic Harvard University Press (2018)

  • Antara News

    Indonesia prioritizes health in national development

    6 November 2018

    6 NOV - Health development in Indonesia is the most important pillar of national security, according to Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani.
    "National security is a cross-cutting problem, so we must include health, education, environment, and others," Maharani remarked at the opening of the Ministerial Meeting of the 5th Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) here on Tuesday.

  • Antara News

    Health Ministry warns of emerging infectious diseases

    6 November 2018

    6 NOV - Indonesia`s Health Ministry has called on the public to increase awareness against the emerging infectious disease and address global health threat.

  • Research matters

    Community-based cohort studies may hold the key to tackling dengue infections

    5 November 2018

    5 NOV -  The monsoons in India bring with them a much-awaited relief from the summer's heat, and a host of headline-catching infectious diseases. In a country with a population of over 100 million, managing contagious diseases that burden the economy and public health is a challenge.

  • Lancet

    Phase 2 trial shows chikungunya vaccine to be safe, immunogenic

    5 November 2018

    5 NOV - Reisinger et al. 

    MV-CHIK showed excellent safety and tolerability and good immunogenicity, independent of pre-existing immunity against the vector. MV-CHIK is a promising candidate vaccine for the prevention of chikungunya fever, an emerging disease of global concern.

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