Public Health


  • Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa: 151 Cases, 95 Deaths
    As of April 7, 2014, a cumulative total of 151 clinically compatible cases, including 95 deaths had officially been reported from Guinea. Laboratory investigations continue at the Institut Pasteur (IP) Dakar laboratory in Conakry (65 samples tested, of which 34 are positive ...More
    April 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Chikungunya Poised to Invade the Americas
    A team of French and Brazilian researchers warns that chikungunya virus is poised to invade, and become epidemic in the Americas according to research published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology. ...More
    April 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • Lassa Fever Reported in U.S. Traveler Returning from West Africa
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have confirmed a diagnosis of Lassa fever in a person returning to the United States from West Africa. The patient was admitted to a hospital in Minnesota on March 31 with ...More
    April 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • April 7 is World Health Day 2014: Preventing Vectorborne Diseases
    More than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Every year, more than 1 billion people are ...More
    April 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • Ebola Virus Disease Cases in West Africa Climb to 143
    As at April 4, 2014, the Ministry of Health of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 143 clinically compatible cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), of which 54 are laboratory confirmed by PCR. The total number includes 86 deaths (CFR 60%). New cases have been reported ...More
    April 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • The Number of Suspected and Confirmed Cases of Ebola Climbs to 122
    (Note: In this update and subsequent ones, the terminology Ebola hemorrhagic fever will be replaced by Ebola virus disease (EVD) in line with the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). Therefore, this report provides an update on Ebola virus disease (EVD) in ...More
    April 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues New Update on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in Guinea
    The total number of suspected cases in the ongoing Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Guinea remains 86. Two more cases died bringing total deaths to 62 (CFR: 72 percent). The cases are spread across three districts in south-east Guinea (Guekedou, Macenta, and Kissidougou ...More
    March 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Southeast Asia Region is Certified as Polio-Free
    The World Health Organization (WHO)'s Southeast Asia Region, home to one-quarter of the world’s population, was certified polio-free today by an independent commission under the WHO certification process. This is the fourth of six WHO Regions to be certified, marking ...More
    March 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Update on Polio Outbreak in the Middle East
    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), polio outbreak response in the Middle East is continuing to attempt to stop an outbreak affecting the region. As of March 20, 2014, in the Syrian Arab Republic a total of 37 WPV1 cases have been reported: 25 cases ...More
    March 25, 2014 Posted in News