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13 Mar 2009
Bulawayo, the country’s second largest city, maintained an effective control of its water supply and has had far fewer cholera cases than the capital, Harare.
Source: IRIN News
Chloroquine was the mainstay of malaria treatment, until the parasite became resistant. But new research shows the drug may be effective against two emerging viral infections – the Nipah and Hendra viruses.
Source: Science; Journal of Virology
9 Mar 2009
The country scores a notable victory against the disease in one of its 40 afflicted provinces.
Source: Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation
Case numbers may top 120,000. Around 4,000 have already died.
Source: IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks), UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs; Voice of America; AFP
5 Mar 2009
New initiative will enable Australia to eliminate a common but neglected cause of blindness in its indigenous communities.
Source: Prime Minister of Australia (news release); WA Today
Indian researchers estimate the impact of these two mosquito-borne diseases on the economy, including the tourism industry.
A major new funding programme is under consideration.
Source: The Economic Times
3 Mar 2009
A controversial campaign group wants to see insecticides play a bigger role in the control of malaria and other vector-borne diseases.
Source: Africa Fighting Malaria
New funding bodies in Kenya and Malawi will make grants for research and training that are in line with each country’s own needs.
Source: Wellcome Trust
The Malaria Vaccine Initiative will fund a project that places previously unused parts of the malaria parasite in the hands of vaccine developers.
Source: Malaria Vaccine Initiative
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