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T oday's Headlines: December 6, 2018

Biological Agents & Infectious Diseases
Ebola Total Rises to 458 In DRC Outbreak (CIDRAP) Lab tests confirmed Ebola virus infections in five more people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the World Health Organization's (WHO's) online dashboard today. Go to article
China Reports More African Swine Fever Outbreaks in Beijing, Sichuan, Shaanxi (Reuters) More African swine fever cases have been detected in the capital Beijing as well as in the provinces of Sichuan and Shaanxi, the agricultural ministry said on Wednesday. Go to article

Global Health & Security
Health Benefits Far Outweigh the Costs of Meeting Climate Change Goals (WHO) Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement could save about a million lives a year worldwide by 2050 through reductions in air pollution alone. The latest estimates from leading experts also indicate that the value of health gains from climate action would be approximately double the cost of mitigation policies at global level, and the benefit-to-cost ratio is even higher in countries such as China and India. Go to article

Vietnam Steps Up Measures to Prevent African Swine Fever (Reuters) Vietnamese authorities on Wednesday conducted drills to prevent the spread of African swine fever should there be an outbreak of the disease in the country, as the risks of transmission from neighboring China increase.   Go to article  

Nuru was prepared for the worst when she went to get screened for HIV eight years ago. After caring for her mother in Uganda, who died as a result of the virus, Nuru moved to the United Kingdom to study, and decided to take her health into her own hands. "I was ready to be told I had HIV," she says. "I felt, 'That's okay. I've looked up to my mother'." What she didn't expect was to be diagnosed with a different viral infection altogether: hepatitis B. Go to article   
Pregnant Women & Vaccines Against Emerging Epidemic Threats (PREVENT) This Guidance provides a roadmap for the ethically responsible, socially just, and respectful inclusion of the interests of pregnant women in the development and deployment of vaccines against emerging pathogens. Go to article
WHO Member States sign Khartoum Declaration on Sudan and Bordering Countries: Cross-Border Health Security (WHO)   Six countries in WHO's Eastern Mediterranean and African Regions have signed a declaration committing themselves to strengthening preparedness and response to public health threats and events across borders in an effort to further the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) and enhance global health security.  Go to article
Cameroon Inaugurates US-Funded Center for Disease Control (VOA) Cameroon is the recipient of a new public health emergency center constructed with the support of the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Go to article

Medicine & Public Health
Influenza: Lessons from Last Season, Looking Ahead to the Next (MD) Last season was hyped in the press and at dinner tables as a particularly intense flu season. While it was "relatively bad" according to Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it was not exceptionally so. Go to article
Myths About Migrants Spreading Disease 'Inform Hostile Policies' (The Guardian) Myths that migrants are responsible for spreading disease and a burden to health services have been used in support of the hostile and restrictive policies introduced in the US, UK and elsewhere around the world, a two year commission has concluded.  Go to article
The UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health: The Health of a World on the Move (Lancet) With one billion people on the move or having moved in 2018, migration is a global reality, which has also become a political lightning rod. Go to article
Science & Technology
How to Respond to CRISPR Babies (Nature) People like to say that science is self-correcting. Events in China last week pose a serious challenge to that reassuring platitude. Go to article


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