Public Health


  • Update on Polio Cases in the Syrian Arab Republic
    Following reports of a cluster of 22 acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases on Oct. 17, 2013 in the Syrian Arab Republic, wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) has been isolated from 10 of the cases under investigation. Final genetic sequencing results are pending to determine the ...More
    October 29, 2013 Posted in News
  • Communion May Have Exposed North Dakota Parishioners to Hepatitis A Virus
    The North Dakota Department of Health has determined through a case investigation that people who attended the following Catholic churches in North Dakota and had communion on the following dates may have been exposed to hepatitis A virus, which causes an infection of the ...More
    October 28, 2013 Posted in News
  • Five New Cases of Cholera in Mexico are Reported
    The Ministry of Health in Mexico has reported an additional five cases of infection with Vibrio cholerae O1 Ogawa toxigenic. The five cases occurred in the geographic zone of la Huasteca, an area where urbanization, availability of drinking water and basic sanitation ...More
    October 28, 2013 Posted in News
  • Ministry of Health in Mexico Reports 171 Confirmed Cases of Cholera
    The Ministry of Health in Mexico has reported 171 confirmed cases, including one death, of infection with Vibrio cholerae O1 Ogawa toxigenic between Sept. 9, 2013 and Oct. 18, 2013. In the second week of September 2013, Mexico was affected simultaneously by a hurricane and ...More
    October 21, 2013 Posted in News
  • WHO Receives Report of Suspected Polio Cases in the Syrian Arab Republic
    On Oct, 17, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) received reports of a cluster of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases in the Syrian Arab Republic. This cluster of ‘hot’ AFP was detected in early October 2013 in Deir Al Zour province and is currently being investigated. ...More
    October 21, 2013 Posted in News
  • Saudi Health Authorities Ready to Assist Hajj Pilgrims, Continue to Monitor MERS-CoV Situation
    Between 2 million and 3 million pilgrims are expected to tour the holy places of Mecca and Medina during the next three days to perform the Hajj, a religious pilgrimage that every Muslim should undertake at least once in his/her lifetime. This represents an enormous ...More
    October 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • WHO is Monitoring Yellow Fever in Cameroon
    The Ministry of Health of Cameroon has carried out a yellow fever mass vaccination campaign with a reported 94 percent coverage of the targeted population of 663 900 in 13 health districts considered to be at high risk of yellow fever. The vaccination campaign was carried ...More
    October 9, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Studies Show Cholera Emerging as a Driver of Progress in Public Health in Haiti
    The deadly cholera epidemic that rocked earthquake-shattered Haiti in 2010, claiming 8,000 lives and counting, has rallied the public health community to seek water and sewer improvements that, combined with vaccination, could prevent some 89,000 future cholera infections. ...More
    October 9, 2013 Posted in News
  • Southern Nevada Health District Investigating Tuberculosis Exposure in Hospital NICU
    The Southern Nevada Health District is currently investigating a tuberculosis exposure that occurred via a patient within Summerlin Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) this past summer. Hospital management and staff have fully cooperated with every step of the ...More
    October 8, 2013 Posted in News
  • Three Cases of Wild Poliovirus in South Sudan are Being Investigated
    The World Health Organization (WHO) says that three suspected cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) from South Sudan are currently being investigated. All three patients are girls, two of whom are approximately 2 years old and one is 8 years old. All had previously been ...More
    October 1, 2013 Posted in News