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  • Political Pitfalls in Handling Ebola May Carry Over to Zika
    If the United States responds to Zika the way it did to Ebola—and early indications are that in many ways it is—the country can expect missteps brought about by a lack of healthcare coordination and a lot of political finger pointing, according to an analysis by ...More
    10 hours ago Posted in News
  • An R&D Blueprint for Action to Prevent Epidemics
    The R&D Blueprint is a global strategy and preparedness plan that allows the rapid activation of R&D activities during epidemics. Its aim is to fast-track the availability of effective tests, vaccines and medicines that can be used to save lives and avert large ...More
    13 hours ago Posted in News
  • WHO Offers Health Advice for Travelers to the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games
    The XXXI Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, Brazil, will take place Aug. 5-21, 2016 and from Sept. 7-18, 2016, respectively. Five additional cities will be hosting matches of the Olympic football tournament: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador, ...More
    5 days ago Posted in News
  • Best Practices for Using PCR to Diagnose Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis
    Determining serotype for Haemophilus influenzae (Hi) and serogroup for Neisseria meningitidis (Nm) is crucial for identifying potential outbreaks and determining appropriate public health responses. Several new commercial multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) ...More
    1 week ago Posted in News
  • ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment Outlines Actions to Reduce the Spread of the mcr-1 Gene
    The recently recognized global distribution of the mcr-1 gene poses a substantial public health risk to the EU/EEA, asserts the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The gene is widespread in several continents and has been detected in bacteria isolated ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • A Proposed Mechanism for Enhancing Public Health Capacity
    What if private companies could obtain some coverage to protect their foreign investments in developing countries against crippling infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola? The possible path to offering disease outbreak guarantees is an idea being posed by two global ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • First Case of Locally Acquired Chikungunya in Texas is Reported
    On June 2, 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of the United States of America notified PAHO/WHO of the first laboratory-confirmed case of locally-acquired Chikungunya virus in the state of Texas. The patient, who is from Cameron County, became ill in November 2015 and ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Rodent Flea Tests Positive for Plague in South Lake Tahoe Area
    El Dorado County health officials have been notified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that a flea from a Yellow pine chipmunk in the Tahoe area has tested positive for plague.  The flea was sampled from one of three rodents trapped in the Fallen ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
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