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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
Staff, 11:20 am
Though HIV has faded from the headlines since the development of antiretroviral drugs made the disease manageable, it is still a pandemic. Researchers in South Africa will begin Monday to inoculate thousands of volunteers in the latest — and, some say, most promising — effort to develop a vaccine that prevents HIV/AIDS. If the vaccine is 50-to-60 percent effective, experts say that would be enough for drugmakers to begin licensing negotiations with the South African government.
Staff, 5:13 pm
Much like its fumbled response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the World Health Organization’s efforts to stop yellow fever have been undermined by chronic mismanagement, according to internal U.N. emails and documents obtained by the Associated Press. Unlike Ebola, there is a vaccine to stop yellow fever from spiraling out of control, and global agencies should have reacted faster, a Red Cross official said. The vaccine takes effect about 10 days after it is administered.
Staff, 5:07 am
The yellow fever outbreak that started in December 2015 has killed hundreds of people in Angola. The often fatal mosquito-borne disease has now spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where it has already killed 21 people. The present outbreak is the worst in Angola in over 30 years and the disease has since spread to 16 or the country’s 18 provinces. This week, the DRC is reporting that 21 people have died from yellow fever, many of the deaths being people who had contracted the disease in Angola.
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.
Keren Mikva, 9:22 am AFKI Original
In Uganda, the Gates Foundation has supported a genetically modified food project to create a new version of matooke, a banana-like staple devastated by banana leaf wilt. The GM project aims to create a modified version immune to the disease. A grant-making foundation created to tackle global challenges, the foundation still invites controversy. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about the Gates Foundation in Africa.
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.
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.
Dana Sanchez, 2:57 pm
Russian researchers have developed an Ebola vaccine that will first undergo testing on animals before human clinical trials begin in Africa, according to an ItarTASS video. Researchers from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the U.S. reported that the first trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine in an African population has shown it is safe for use. Researchers in China have also developed a vaccine to combat the spread of Ebola and will test the drug on humans.
Dana Sanchez, 12:00 pm
Healthcare workers on the front line of the fight against Ebola will likely be the first to receive protection if experimental clinical trials lead to an effective vaccine, CNN reports. The first human trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine produced promising results, U.S. scientists said, raising hopes that protection may be near at hand. The New England Journal of Medicine said the initial human trials of the experimental Ebola vaccine were an unqualified success
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