An Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo — the second-largest in history — is escalating in part because locals don’t trust health workers and government officials

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“The violence is directly connected to the inability to get the epidemic under control,” said our Leonard Rubenstein, “It’s an unrecognized problem, Anybody concerned with global health needs to … recognize what a threat this is to people all around the world and to us as well when epidemics can’t be stopped because of violence.”

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Jeremy Farrar writes ‘First isolated in Malaysia in 1999, Nipah virus rapidly went from unknown to endemic in Bangladesh, which has seen an outbreak almost every year since 2001. Large gaps remain in our understanding, however, such as how the virus crossed India to spark an epidemic…’

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is experiencing the second largest Ebola outbreak in history. This week has been the worst by far, with more than 100 new cases in the last 5 days. Since the outbreak began last summer, there have been more than 1,500 cases, with just over 1,000 deaths

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The lack of transparency puts patients at risk, some say. Institutions say disclosure could scare some people away from seeking needed medical care

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Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city would require unvaccinated individuals living in select ZIP codes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to receive the measles vaccine as the city escalated its efforts to stem one of the largest measles outbreaks in decades

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Overuse of the medicines is not just a problem in rich countries. Throughout the developing world antibiotics are dispensed with no prescription required

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Among all the beasts in the animal kingdom, perhaps none is more dangerous to humans than the mosquito. The whiny insects aren’t just irritating — they can be deadly

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