Cholera cases continue in Haiti

World health officials recently released a report on incidences of cholera throughout undeveloped parts of the Americas that showed the disease remains the deadliest in Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake in January 2010.

Merck JV plans to show up J&J, Sanofi with low-cost cholera vaccine Read more: Merck JV plans to show up J&J, Sanofi with low-cost cholera vaccine

While the world already has a pair of cholera vaccines that have been proven safe and effective, it lacks a low-cost option that can stay effective without cold storage in impoverished areas where the disease hits hardest. And with a new partnership, that's exactly what Merck's ($MRK) Indian joint venture is looking to change.

South Sudan capital faces worsening cholera outbreak

Health officials are warning that a cholera outbreak in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, which has left 23 people dead and forced more than 670 others to seek treatment, could be getting worse. Laboratory tests have confirmed that at least one person living in a Juba displacement camp has contracted cholera and there are fears the disease could spread rapidly within the crowded site.

Study: Cholera vaccine worked well during outbreak

The idea of using cholera vaccines as a response tool got a boost today, with researchers reporting promising results during a 2012 outbreak in Guinea for Shanchol, one of two cholera vaccines that have been developed.

In other cholera news, cases in Haiti in the first 3 months of this year were 75% lower than in the same period last year and the fewest since the epidemic began in 2010, according to a statement yesterday from the United Nations (UN).

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UNICEF warns of worsening South Sudan cholera outbreak

UNICEF announced on Monday that the cholera outbreak in South Sudan is worsening.
The reported cases of cholera have doubled on a daily basis since the outbreak began in the capital city of Juba last week. More than 130 cases have been reported, including dozens of children. Three people are confirmed dead from the disease.

Nine dead in cholera outbreak in South Sudan capital - WHO

Cholera has broken out in the capital of South Sudan where five months of civil war has left thousands homeless and disrupted food supplies and health services, according to the World Health Organization.
WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said on Monday nine people were believed to have died of cholera, which can kill in days if not treated. An estimated 138 had been registered so far in and around Juba.
A WHO spokeswoman in Juba told Reuters by phone:

Shantha’s Pentavalent Pediatric Vaccine prequalified by World Health Organization

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced today that its pediatric pentavalent vaccine Shan5(TM), developed and manufactured by its affiliate Shantha Biotechnics in Hyderabad, India, has received prequalification status from the World Health Organization (WHO). This status is based on a review of a comprehensive set of data related to the process and the product characteristics, as well as on a positive recommendation of WHO’s auditors following a site inspection of Shantha’s manufacturing facilities.

Vaccinating Children Beyond the ‘Cold Chain’: Extending the Heat Stability of Vaccines

Shipping and storing vaccines in a ‘cold chain’ in the tropical heat of many resource-limited countries – whereby the vaccine is kept at temperatures between 2°C to 8°C from the point of manufacture until reaching the recipient – is a tremendous challenge and a major cause of poor immunisation coverage rates.

As dry season ends in Haiti, significant gains seen in fight against cholera, UN official says

Significant gains in the fight against the cholera epidemic in Haiti have been recorded as the dry season ends and the United Nations continues to support the Government's comprehensive strategy of monitoring, rapid response and planning for long-term solutions, a top UN official in the impoverished country says.