Public Health

  • Ebola Vaccine Trial Opens in Liberia
    A large clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of two experimental vaccines to prevent Ebola virus infection is now open to volunteers in Liberia. The trial is being led by a recently formed Liberia-U.S. clinical research partnership and is sponsored by the ...More
    February 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • CDC Reports 102 Measles Cases Currently
    From Jan. 1 to Jan. 30, 2015, 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles. Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing multi-state outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. On Jan. 23, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ...More
    February 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Guidance for Labs Managing and Testing Routine Clinical Specimens for Ebola
    Clinicians should maintain a high index of suspicion and consult their local and state health departments and CDC when ill travelers from Ebola-affected countries are identified; it is important to recognize that the likelihood of EVD even among symptomatic travelers ...More
    January 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • First Trial Results Show GSK/NIH Ebola Candidate Vaccine Has Acceptable Safety Profile
    The first results from a trial of a candidate Ebola vaccine at Oxford University suggest the vaccine has an acceptable safety profile at the doses tested, and is able to generate an immune response. "The vaccine was well tolerated. Its safety profile is pretty much as we ...More
    January 29, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Executive Board Appoints New Regional Director for Africa
    The World Health Organization (WHO)'s executive board, currently holding its 136th session, has appointed Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti as the new regional director for WHO's Africa Region. Moeti was nominated by the health ministers of the 47 member states of the WHO ...More
    January 28, 2015 Posted in News
  • All-Woman Team Runs CDC's Ebola Testing Lab in Sierra Leone
    What made the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Bo Lab Team 5 different wasn’t that it was the first and only all-woman team to run CDC’s Ebola testing lab in the heart of the Sierra Leone epidemic – it was that they set records for ...More
    January 28, 2015 Posted in News
  • National Nurses United Announces Donation to International Medical Corps for Ebola Response in West Africa
    National Nurses United (NNU) today announced a donation of $40,000 to the disaster relief organization International Medical Corps, which is on the front lines of the Ebola response, for its continued efforts to eradicate the deadly virus in West Africa.   ...More
    January 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • Leaders Mobilize Funds for Global Immunization Programs
    With bold new commitments from major public and private donors during this Decade of Vaccines, the success of today’s pledging conference signals a renewed global effort to dramatically accelerate action to extend the full benefits of immunization to children and ...More
    January 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • Critical-Care Physician From Canada Fought Ebola From Day One
    Dr. Rob Fowler, a Canadian critical-care physician, landed in Conakry, Guinea, the last week of March 2014, focused and eager to get to work. He joined his WHO colleague Dr. Tom Fletcher, an infectious diseases expert from the United Kingdom. Both had been recruited by the ...More
    January 27, 2015 Posted in News