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  • Zika Confirmed In Angola, Vaccine Now In Its First Phase Of Trials In US

    US Zika vaccine By Dana Sanchez, 5:05 pm

    The Asian strain of Zika responsible for the outbreak in Brazil and the U.S. has not been reported on the African mainland. Cape Verde has reported nine cases of the Asian strain. It’s not known if exposure to the African strain gives protection against the Asian strain. A $54.2 million grant in 2016 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is funding a candidate Zika virus vaccine now in its first phase of trials

  • Ebola Vaccine Trial Successful In Guinea, Could be A Game changer

    A woman receives VSV-EBOV Ebola vaccine March 10, 2015, in Conakry clinical trials. Photo: Cellou Binani/Getty By Dana Sanchez, 7:49 pm

    An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work. Developed by the Canadian government, the vaccine has since been licensed to New Jersey-based Merck & Co. but has not yet been approved by regulators. “If proven effective, this is going to be a game-changer,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, cirector-general of the World Health Organization, which sponsored the study.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Ebola Survivors

    By Keren Mikva, 10:23 am AFKI Original

    Stigmatized but alive, life may never be the same for African Ebola victims who beat the odds. Some communities and volunteers are opening clinics to help those stigmatized by the virus. U.S. missionary and Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol returned to Liberia eight months after contracting the virus. She is working to establish an Ebola survivors’ clinic. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Ebola survivors.

  • 12 Things You Need to Know About Ebola Vaccine Clinical Trials

    By Keren Mikva, 10:12 am AFKI Original

    Mass vacccines against Ebola are by no means a given. Several clinical trials are underway in West Africa, but the World Health Organization won’t decide until August at the earliest whether or not mass vaccinations are recommended for the virus. The final say on introducing a vaccine will be made by the affected countries, according to WHO.

  • 12 Updates About the Ebola Outbreak And What To Expect

    By Keren Mikva, 11:24 am AFKI Original

    Health workers are estimating 50 new Ebola cases each day in West Africa, including confirmed, likely, and suspected cases compared to 240 new cases a day in October. The majority of new cases are in Sierra Leone, but Liberia and Guinea continue to have new cases. Nearly a year after the Ebola outbreak began, it seems to be dying down. Here are 12 updates about the Ebola outbreak and what to expect in the future.

  • 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Margaret Chan

    By Keren Mikva, 11:03 am AFKI Original

    Based on her position as director general of the World Health Organization, Chan was ranked as the 30th most powerful woman in the world in 2014 by Forbes. This ranking was higher than 2013, when she ranked No. 33. The director of the WHO is accustomed to criticism. She’s dealt with deadly outbreaks before. Here are 15 things you didn’t know about Margaret Chan.

  • Another Ebola Outbreak Hits Liberia As New Cases Emerge

    By Staff, 6:08 pm

    An outbreak of Ebola cases in a western Liberia county threatens the country’s goal of recording no new cases of the disease by the end of the year. From Dec. 1 to 25, some 49 cases of Ebola were reported in Grand Cape Mount County. This included 27 confirmed cases, nine probable and 13 suspected, said Tolbert Nyensuwah, assistant minister for preventive services and the head of Liberia’s Ebola response.

  • 10 Celebrities Who Have Joined The Fight Against Ebola

    By Keren Mikva, 10:28 am AFKI Original

    Emmy-award-winning actor and “Hunger Games” star Jeffrey Wright has been involved in Ebola aid from the start. His interests in Sierra Leone include a gold exploration company and a social development and peace foundation. He produced a star-studded public service announcement saying it’s not only Americans and Europeans who survived Ebola.”There have been heroic Sierra Leoneans, Liberians and Guineans who have survived as well

  • 10 Films About Outbreaks and Epidemics

    By Mark Rausch, 5:57 pm AFKI Original


    We knew it from her breakout performance in “Emma,” that Gwyneth Paltrow would be the harbinger of the apocalypse. Perhaps the most clinical, precise, and grounded film ever made about a disease outbreak, Steven Soderbergh’s superb screenplay and direction usher a cast with the likes of Matt Damon and Jude Law through a global epidemic. From Hong Kong to Minneapolis, San Francisco to London, scientists and pedestrians alike are puzzled, frightened, and inflicted. A great film, especially displaying the international response team of scientists and medical experts who have in the past contained some viruses which otherwise would have spread like a firestorm. These brave people are real, and may be our future’s salvation.

  • Scary Epidemics and Pandemics of the 21st Century

    By Keren Mikva, 4:36 am AFKI Original

    Sadly, the AIDS epidemic got worse in the 21st century, with numbers at an all-time high. Certain regions such as sub-Saharan Africa are disproportionately affected. It is estimated that as many as one in four people may have HIV or AIDS. While scientists have come up with antiretroviral drugs that can help manage the disease, there is no cure. The best we can do for now is promote awareness about safe sex practices to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS, and hope that a permanent solution is found soon. It remains a global epidemic.

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