Overshadowed amidst vast media coverage of Zika, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been grappling with their own mosquito-borne disease outbreak: yellow fever. For much of the United States, yellow fever is not on the radar, thought of mainly as a disease faced by our ancestors as it has been considered eradicated for over a century.
With less than one month until the ceremonial torch is passed in Rio, Zika has threatened to alter the course of the 2016 Summer Olympics, if not halt them altogether.
Policymaking in Washington, D.C. is often compared to sausage-making: a slew of ingredients from various stakeholders are stuffed together before the final product emerges.
A box of plain white trucker hats labelled “MAKE HEALTH SECURITY GREAT AGAIN” sits on the floor of our offices at HSP, a playful nod to Trump’s ridiculous yet bold campaign slogan.
Late last week, reports surfaced that the Brazilian government was considering amending its 2005 biosecurity law which restricts international sample sharing amid complaints that international researchers were having difficulty obtaining a sufficient quantity of Zika virus to design effective diagnostic tests and countermeasures (Source: CBC News).
The concept of global health security has incorporated itself rapidly into the vernacular of public health and national security circles.