Ending Cholera by 2030: Case Management Remains a Key Priority

My reflections on the proceedings of the 3rd meeting of the case management work group of the Global Task Force for Cholera Control, which met in Veyrier du Lac, France, in November, 2018. I spoke about the state of community based management of cholera in India.

UN Creates Interagency Group on AMR

The international political commitment to combat AMR was secured through a high level meeting at the United Nations General Assembly on 21 September, 2016. Shortly after, the Political Declaration of the high level meeting of the General Assembly was enunciated. This declaration, adopted under the resolution A/RES/71/3 raises, in paragraph 15, the following request: Request the … Continue reading UN Creates Interagency Group on AMR

The Dirty Dozen: The WHO’s list of priority bacteria for which we need new antibiotics

The WHO has published a list of 12 bacteria for which we need to urgently develop antibiotics as these drug resistant bacteria represent a major threat against human health. This priority list is expected to guide funding agencies incentivize priority research on developing strategies to combat these agents.

Box of Pox: The Return of the Smallpox

According to a CDC media release, vials labeled "Variola", more commonly known as Smallpox, were found in an unused storage room in a laboratory at the NIH, Bethesda, which was used by the Food and Drug Administration. The laboratory had been shifted and these final materials were being transferred to the new facilities when these … Continue reading Box of Pox: The Return of the Smallpox

Diseases of Displaced People: Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

Scabies, polio, tuberculosis, malaria, and a host of other diseases have been blamed on the penurious conditions that refugees are often forced to live in when in transitional shelters or refugee camps. In an "online ahead of print" report published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, which is run by the CDC, another disease has … Continue reading Diseases of Displaced People: Cutaneous Leishmaniasis