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Public Health

  • California Department of Public Health Investigates Second Case of Human Plague
    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announces that it has been notified of a presumptive positive case of plague contracted by a recent visitor to California from Georgia. Confirmatory testing is being conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    August 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • Toilet Waste Provides Knowledge About Diseases' Global Transmission Routes
    Current international disease surveillance systems are mainly based on reports made by doctors after treatment of infected patients. As a consequence, disease-causing microorganisms and resistance bacteria have time to spread and make large population groups sick before ...More
    August 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • Vaccine Hesitancy is a Growing Challenge for Immunization Programs
    People who delay or refuse vaccines for themselves or their children are presenting a growing challenge for countries seeking to close the immunization gap. Globally, 1 in 5 children still do not receive routine life-saving immunizations, and an estimated 1.5 million ...More
    August 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Sierra Leone is Down to the Last Chain of Ebola Virus Transmission
    Use of rapid response teams and strong community involvement in finding Ebola virus disease cases and contacts is yielding results in Sierra Leone. An epidemiological week has now passed with no new Ebola cases for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak. ...More
    August 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • IHR Emergency Committee Meets on International Spread of Wild Poliovirus
    The sixth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the World Health Organization (WHO) director-general on Aug. 4, 2015. Afghanistan ...More
    August 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Progress Being Made to Protect Children and At-Risk Populations Against Cholera in South Sudan
    The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are battling South Sudan’s on-going cholera outbreak, providing thousands of people with life-saving treatment that is helping bring down the number of cases. Cholera cases have been declining since July 20, 2015 but ...More
    August 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • NY Politicians Announce Joint Emergency Regulations to Combat Legionnaires' Disease
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the state and city would take the unprecedented step of jointly crafting and instituting uniform regulations to combat Legionnaires’ disease. The ...More
    August 14, 2015 Posted in News
  • Ebola Survivors Clinic Opens in Monrovia
    Surviving Ebola is only part of the story. Many patients experience "post-Ebola" symptoms -- joint pain, dizziness, blurred vision, inability to concentrate, headaches. The Ebola Survivors Clinic, opened recently at the Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, not only ...More
    August 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Africa Advances Toward a Polio-Free Continent
    In the Horn of Africa, no wild polio cases have been reported since the last case in central Somalia on Aug. 11, 2014. Although it is not yet an official milestone on the path to polio-free certification, today marks one year since the last wild polio case was detected on ...More
    August 13, 2015 Posted in News