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Public Health

  • WHO Mobilized its Largest Response in the History of Ebola
    Since notifying the world of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa on 23 March 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) has, in partnership with the international health community, mobilized its largest response to the most severe and most complex outbreak in the history of ...More
    June 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Alert on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A Viruses, Recommendations for Response
    Highly pathogenic avian influenza A H5 viruses have been identified in birds in the United States since December 2014. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an alert to notify public health workers and clinicians of the potential for human ...More
    June 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Liberia Tackles Measles as the Ebola Epidemic Ends
    As Liberia emerges from the devastating Ebola epidemic, it has been battling another disease outbreak – measles. The Ebola outbreak led to the collapse of most health services in Liberia, including routine vaccinations. A measles campaign scheduled for 2014 was ...More
    June 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • CDC Disease Detective Describes His Ebola-Response Experience
    When Jose, a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer (“disease detective”), arrived in Liberia in October 2014, he was supposed to help with hospital infection prevention and control. However, soon after landing, his team learned of rampant Ebola outbreaks in ...More
    June 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Ebola Diaries: From Denial and Fear to Action
    When Leticia Linn arrived in Monrovia on July 13, 2014, most people in Liberia were not taking Ebola seriously and denial about the outbreak was widespread. A communications expert, Linn worked with the Ministry of Health’s team to liaise with the media and inform the ...More
    June 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Strengthens Laboratory Capacity During Cholera Outbreak in Tanzania
    As of May 16, 2015, a cholera outbreak was confirmed in the Kigoma region, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, along the Tanzania border with Burundi. Cholera is endemic in the region, but due to a recent influx of thousands of Burundian refugees, overcrowding and poor ...More
    June 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Medical Camp Kits Replace Primary Healthcare Facilities Before Onset of Nepal's Monsoon
    The race to restore primary healthcare services disrupted by Nepal’s April 25 and May 12 earthquakes is on with the deployment of 50 medical camp kits (MCKs) throughout the country’s 14 most-affected districts. The MCKs, which will be deployed in the next week ...More
    June 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • Lassa Fever: What You Need to Know
    In light of the fatal case of Lassa fever in the U.S., the World Health Organization (WHO) offers the following information on this acute viral hemorrhagic illness. ...More
    May 29, 2015 Posted in News
  • When Ebola Turned Routine Care Into a Life-threatening Event
    Dr. Diallo Thierno Souleymane, a doctor in Conakry, Guinea, recalls the day he received a phone call that changed his life. He had tested positive for Ebola. After surviving the disease and emerging from the Ebola treatment center, Souleymane was frightened to return ...More
    May 28, 2015 Posted in News