July 25, 2014
A roundup of news on drug resistance and other topics in global health.
South African mineworkers have one of the highest incidence rates of tuberculosis in the world. CDDEP intern Veronika Lipkova discusses the issue and potential solutions in this blogpost. [CDDEP]
CDC Director Tom Frieden warned at a National Press Club event on Tuesday that antibiotic resistance could bring about the next pandemic . [USA Today]
The top Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone has now contracted the disease himself. The current Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia is the worst in recorded history, having killed an estimated 632 people since winter. [Vox]
The CDC s tuberculosis lab in Atlanta has resumed operations following several weeks of closure due to safety concerns. [CNN]
GlaxoSmithKline filed its experimental malaria vaccine with European regulators on Thursday. If approved, it could be in use as early as 2015. [The Wall Street Journal]
Antibiotic resistance may pose greater threats to India than to countries with better sanitation and infection control infrastructure, CDDEP Director Ramanan Laxminarayan told AFP this week. [Gulf Times]
A new CDC report found that fewer than half of American children are given the HPV vaccination. Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant U.S. surgeon general and director of the National Center of Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said she was disappointed with the findings. [The Atlantic]
Google is hoping to improve prevention techniques with its Baseline Study, which will collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people and later thousands more to create the fullest picture of what a healthy human being should be . [The Wall Street Journal]
A US Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that, while the use of penicillins and tetracyclines in animal feed leads to antibiotic resistance, the FDA should not be required to proceed with hearings to determine whether to withdraw approval for the use of these antibiotics in animal feed. [VICE]
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