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Public Health

  • California Public Health Officials Declare Measles Outbreak That Began in December is Now Over
    The California measles outbreak that began in December 2014 is over, announces Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer. No new outbreak-related measles cases have been reported to CDPH for two 21-day incubation ...More
    April 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Closing the Gap on Pneumonia in Kenya
    Soon after the birth of her second child, a daughter she named Neema, Tabu Kalama found herself homeless and with no regular income. Kalama had no option but to sleep with her newborn daughter and her 18-month old son in the meager shelter of palm trees near the beach in ...More
    April 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Returning to Normal: The Road to Early Recovery From Ebola Starts With the Health System
    As part of early recovery efforts, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to work closely with national authorities and partners in the three high-transmission Ebola countries on how to rebuild confidence and trust in health systems and services. Nurse Sai ...More
    April 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Liberia Succeeds in Fighting Ebola With Local, Sector Response
    The story of how Liberia’s most populous county, Montserrado, turned around an exponentially growing Ebola outbreak is intriguing. The World Health Organization (WHO)’s team and national officials, aided by veterans from WHO’s polio eradication group in ...More
    April 15, 2015 Posted in News
  • Cuban Doctor Shares His Journey as an Ebola Survivor
    Dr. Felix Sarria Baez was one of hundreds of Cuban doctors sent as a Foreign Medical Team to support the Ebola response in West Africa in October 2014. While working there, he contracted Ebola himself. He survived and returned to Sierra Leone to further help Ebola ...More
    April 14, 2015 Posted in News
  • African Union and U.S. CDC Partner to Launch African CDC
    A Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed today by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, MB, ChB, chairperson of the African Union Commission, formalizes a collaboration between the African Union Commission and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ...More
    April 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Ebola Diaries: Changing Healthcare Worker Culture
    Dr. Cota Vallenas talks about her experiences in the early days of the Ebola outbreak as an expert in infection prevention and control. She reminds us that healthcare workers are among the most vulnerable and a cultural change is needed around self-protection to ensure ...More
    April 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Combined Sewer Systems Lead to Risk of Illness After Heavy Rains
    Consumers whose drinking water can be contaminated by the release of untreated wastewater after heavy rains face increased risk for gastrointestinal illness, according to a report in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. "Combined" sewer systems collect both sewage ...More
    April 10, 2015 Posted in News
  • Ebola Diaries: Crossing Borders
    As the WHO emergency focal point for West Africa, whenever there is an emergency in the region, Dr. Ngoy Nsenga is one of the first to be deployed. Following confirmation of Ebola cases in Guinea, Nsenga went to Sierra Leone to help assess emergency response capacity. ...More
    April 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Paper Highlights Final Steps to Polio Eradication
    April 12, 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Jonas Salk's landmark polio vaccine trial results, which confirmed that the first vaccine against polio was safe and effective. A new review, which was published online ahead of print in Future Microbiology, ...More
    April 2, 2015 Posted in News