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Preparedness, surveillance and response

Sri Lanka warns of dengue epidemic

Sri Lankan health authorities warned that the country was facing a dengue epidemic with over 63,000 people affected by the virus and at least 200 patients dead. Health workers at the Ministry of Health`s Epidemiology Unit said there was a tremendous rise in the Type 2 virus and urgent preventive and curative measures were ongoing to prevent it from spreading further

June 20, 2017
The Statesman

Burundi declares malaria epidemic

Burundi’s Health Minister said ‘more than 3,700 people have died since the end of 2016. There has been a 13% increase in cases related to malaria. The situation is further compounded by climate change and prolonged drought leading to people going without food.’ Deutsche Welle also added that malaria has increased in Rwanda, with nearly 700,000 cases nationwide registered up to last November

March 13, 2017
East African, Red Pepper
March 15, 2017
Deutsche Welle
March 14, 2017
Citizen, Iwacu Burundi, GBC Ghana, Voice of America

Non communicable diseases

In just one year, nearly 1.3 million Americans needed hospital care for opioid-related issues

The coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year. The 2014 numbers, the latest available for every state and the District of Columbia, reflect a 64 percent increase for inpatient care and a 99 percent jump for emergency room treatment compared to figures from 2005. Their trajectory likely will keep climbing if the epidemic continues unabated

June 20, 2017
Washington Post, Fierce Healthcare, The Guardian

Health systems

Former Drug Czar Says GOP Health Bill Would Cut Access To Addiction Treatment

Michael Botticelli, who served as President Obama’s National Drug Control Policy chief, said ‘he is concerned the proposed Republican health plan will reduce access to health services for people with addiction’

March 15, 2017
NPR

Communicable diseases

Who proposes to change the composition of influenza vaccines

Existing vaccines are not the same antigenic properties of influenza viruses type A and B. The WHO recommends to completely change the composition of influenza vaccines for the Northern hemisphere. This decision is due to antigenic mismatch of vaccines and the viruses that cause epidemic

July 5, 2017
Mice Times of Asia

Partnership of nations set to combat pandemic health threats

The FT reports on the coming together of an international team of specialists who are going to work to combat pandemic health threats. Backed by the UK, Norway, the EU, the Gates Foundation and India, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi) is a partnership designed to support research and coordination to accelerate the development and distribution of new vaccines, limiting the threat of emerging lethal infections 

April 19, 2017
Financial Times, Financial Times