Public Health

  • WHO Declares End of Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo
    On Aug. 24, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) was notified by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Jeera County, Equateur Province. This outbreak, which is unrelated to that affecting West Africa, caused a total of 66 ...More
    November 21, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Releases New Details About Additional Cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Mali
    As of Nov. 20, 2014, Mali has officially reported a cumulative total of six cases of Ebola virus disease, with five deaths. Of the six cases, five are laboratory confirmed and one remains probable as no samples were available for testing. These numbers include the ...More
    November 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • UN Reveals Major Gaps in Water and Sanitation
    Global efforts to provide improved water and sanitation for all are gaining momentum, but serious gaps in funding continue to hamper progress, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) on behalf of UN-Water. The UN-Water Global Analysis and ...More
    November 19, 2014 Posted in News
  • Chances for Outbreaks of Another African Viral Infection are Increasing
    Another family of viruses, deadly in some cases, may have already jumped from fruit bats into humans in Africa, according to a study published today in the journal Nature Communications. The study provides the first, preliminary scientific evidence that ...More
    November 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Says Rapid, Sensitive, Safe and Simple Ebola Diagnostic Tests are Needed Urgently
    The goal of interrupting chains of Ebola virus transmission depends heavily on laboratory support. This support is needed to confirm or discard suspected cases, guide triage and clinical decisions, aid contact tracing, and facilitate the early detection of cases in people ...More
    November 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scripps Research Institute Scientists Reveal Weak Spots in Ebola's Defenses
    Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified weak spots on the surface of Ebola virus that are targeted by the antibodies in ZMapp, the experimental drug cocktail administered to several patients during the recent Ebola outbreak. The study, led by ...More
    November 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • U.S. Radiology Departments Prepare for Ebola
    Radiologists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Emory University School of Medicine have issued a special report on radiology preparedness for handling cases of Ebola virus. The report, outlining their protocols and recommendations, is published in the online ...More
    November 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Protocol for Imaging Patients With Ebola Virus Disease
    In a breakthrough that could substantially improve physicians' ability to rapidly evaluate patients with suspected Ebola, radiologists at Emory University Hospital have devised a protocol for obtaining chest radiographs using portable computed radiography. The protocol not ...More
    November 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • Creating Trust in the Time of Ebola
    One of the key reasons the Ebola outbreak got out of control in West Africa in the early days of the crisis was a lack of trust among community members, frontline health workers and the broader health system, suggests new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health ...More
    November 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • Enhanced Airport Entry Screening to Begin for Travelers to the United States from Mali
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have added Mali to the list of Ebola-affected nations for which enhanced screening and monitoring measures will be taken. There are no direct flights from Mali to the United ...More
    November 17, 2014 Posted in News