Public Health

  • Ebola in Liberia: Frightened Patients Infected Their Caregivers
    Barbara Bono began working at Elwa hospital in Monrovia, Liberia just as word began to spread about Ebola. Although staff did their best to learn about the new disease and how to protect themselves, reality was very different from the theory. One by one staff fell sick but ...More
    14 hours ago Posted in News
  • Giving Back After Ebola
    Before the Ebola virus arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone, hospital nurse Adiatu Pujeh and her colleagues at the King Harman Hospital thought malaria was the most challenging disease they faced. But Ebola, which arrived in their midst last September, infecting Pujeh and ...More
    14 hours ago Posted in News
  • The Last Ebola Survivor of His Team Tells His Tale
    Mohamed Sesay was once part of an eight-person team of laboratory technicians trained to test for Ebola virus. But as the outbreak exploded and more and more samples arrived, his team was overwhelmed. One by one his colleagues sickened and died. He too eventually fell ill ...More
    15 hours ago Posted in News
  • Lassa Fever Confirmed in Death of U.S. Traveler Returning from Liberia
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health have confirmed a death from Lassa fever which was diagnosed earlier today in a person returning to the United States from Liberia. The patient traveled from Liberia to Morocco to ...More
    2 days ago Posted in News
  • UTHealth Establishes Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative
    Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health have received a $100,000 supplemental grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to establish a Biosafety and Infectious Disease ...More
    6 days ago Posted in News
  • Ebola Diaries: Lessons in Listening
    Cheikh Ibrahima Niang, a professor of medical and social anthropology at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, has researched anthropological aspects of a wide range of health issues. In July 2014, WHO asked him to investigate community attitudes to Ebola virus ...More
    1 week ago Posted in News
  • 68th World Health Assembly Opens in Geneva
    Angela Merkel, chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, addressed delegates on the first morning of the 68th World Health Assembly, convened at World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva. "The WHO is the only international organization that has ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Public Health Response May Have Prevented Hundreds of Illnesses in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
    The rapid response by thousands of public health officials and clinicians is estimated to have averted more than 153 cases of meningitis or stroke and 124 deaths during the 2012-2013 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) distributed by a ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Health Officials Race to Combat Unprecedented Outbreak of Meningococcal Disease in Niger
    From Jan. 1 to May 10, 2015, Niger’s Ministry of Public Health notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of 5,855 suspected cases of meningococcal meningitis, including 406 deaths. This is a rapidly growing outbreak with some unprecedented features. Suspected cases ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
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