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  • One Year Into the Zika Outbreak: How Obscure Disease Became Global Health Emergency
    In early February 2015, doctors in the impoverished northeastern part of Brazil noticed a surge in the number of people complaining about a mild illness, with and without fever, characterized by rash, fatigue, joint pains, and red eyes. The illness was brief and recovery ...More
    May 5, 2016 Posted in News
  • Salmonellosis Outbreaks Linked to Exposure to Small Turtles
    On April 20, 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of the United States of America notified PAHO/WHO of an ongoing investigation of four multistate outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to exposure to small turtles (with shell length <4 inches/10 centimeters) or ...More
    April 29, 2016 Posted in News
  • On World Malaria Day, a Push to Eradicate the Disease
    A year after the World Health Assembly resolved to eliminate malaria from at least 35 countries by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) is releasing a World Malaria Day report that shows this goal, although ambitious, is achievable. In 2015, all countries in the ...More
    April 25, 2016 Posted in News
  • Elizabethkingia Cases in U.S. Reported to PAHO, WHO
    On April 11, 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of the United States of America notified the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak caused by Elizabethkingia anophelis. From Nov. 1, 2015 to March 30, 2016, a total of ...More
    April 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • Immunization Game-Changers Should Be the Norm Worldwide
    During World Immunization Week 2016, held April 24-30, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps countries can take to “Close the Immunization Gap” and meet global vaccination targets by ...More
    April 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Updated Guidelines for Treatment of Hepatitis C Infection
    In view of the continued rapid progress in the development of new treatments for hepatitis C infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) is issuing updated treatment guidelines. The guidelines promote the transition to newer, more effective medicines that have the ...More
    April 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Concludes Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly, Other Birth Defects
    Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. In the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the ...More
    April 13, 2016 Posted in News
  • Wisconsin Public Health Officials are Investigating Elizabethkingia anophelis Outbreak
    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Division of Public Health (DPH) is currently investigating an outbreak of bacterial infections caused by Elizabethkingia anophelis. The majority of patients acquiring these infections are over 65 years old, and all patients ...More
    April 13, 2016 Posted in News
  • Survey on American Attitudes Toward Zika Virus Finds Limited Awareness or Concern
    A recent survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that three-quarters of Americans who have heard at least a little about the Zika virus are aware that the virus is linked to birth defects in babies born to infected mothers. However, the ...More
    April 7, 2016 Posted in News