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  • PAHO Acknowledges Rapid Spread of Zika Virus
    Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that is new to the Americas. Since Brazil reported the first cases of local transmission of the virus in May 2015, it has spread to 21 countries and territories* of the Americas, as of Jan. 23, 2016. There are two main reasons for the virus's ...More
    January 26, 2016 Posted in News
  • Lab Results Link Listeria Infections to Packaged Salads
    Since September 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been collaborating with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections ...More
    January 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • El Nino Threatens Health of at Least 60 Million People in High-Risk Countries
    El Niño is a warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific Ocean which affects rainfall patterns and temperatures in many parts of the world but most intensely in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America which are particularly vulnerable ...More
    January 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Interim Guidance on Clinical Care for Survivors of Ebola Virus Disease
    There are more than 10,000 survivors of Ebola virus disease (EVD). A number of medical problems have been reported in survivors, including mental health issues. Ebola virus may persist in selected body compartments, most notably in the semen of males. Ebola survivors need ...More
    January 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • Zika Virus Infection in France is Reported to WHO
    On Jan. 18, 2016, the National IHR Focal Point (NFP) for France notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of the first laboratory-confirmed case of locally-acquired Zika virus in Saint Martin, an overseas department of France. On the same day, one autochthonous case of ...More
    January 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Adds Countries to Interim Travel Guidance Related to Zika Virus
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus‎ transmission. Today, CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel alerts:  Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, ...More
    January 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • New Cases of Zika Virus Infection are Reported to WHO
    On Jan. 18, 2016, the National IHR Focal Point for Haiti notified the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) of five laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus infection. Of the five confirmed cases, four are from the Delmas commune ...More
    January 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Develops Interim Guidelines for Pregnant Women During a Zika Virus Outbreak
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed interim guidelines for healthcare providers in the United States caring for pregnant women during a Zika virus outbreak. These guidelines include recommendations for pregnant women considering travel to an ...More
    January 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Alert on Recognizing, Managing and Reporting Zika Virus Infections in Travelers
    In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere, with autochthonous (locally acquired) cases identified in Brazil. As of Jan. 15, 2016, local transmission had been identified in at least 14 countries ...More
    January 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Interim Travel Guidance Related to Zika Virus for 14 Countries
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, ...More
    January 18, 2016 Posted in News