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Public Health

  • Stopping Ebola Takes Collaboration
    In late August 2015, as Sierra Leone anxiously counted each day that passed with no new confirmed Ebola cases, a woman fell ill with fever, then diarrhea and vomiting in Sella Kafta village, Tonko Limba chiefdom, Kambia. Her family cared for her at home and, though her ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Population Movement is a Significant Public Health Challenge
    Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, World Health Organization (WHO) regional director for Europe, has issued the following statement: "The large influx of refugees and migrants to countries of the WHO European Region, which has escalated in the past few months, calls for an urgent ...More
    September 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Guidance on Ebola Virus Disease in Pregnancy
    There is no evidence to show that women who survive Ebola virus disease (EVD) and subsequently become pregnant pose a risk for Ebola virus transmission. However, pregnant women with active EVD and pregnant women who survive EVD without pregnancy loss may transmit the virus ...More
    September 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • Plague Outbreak in Madagascar is Reported to WHO
    The Ministry of Health of Madagascar has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of plague. The first case was identified on Aug. 17 in a rural township in Moramanga district. The patient died on Aug. 19. As of Aug. 30, 14 cases, including 10 deaths, ...More
    September 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Guidance on Mass-Gathering Events and MERS-CoV
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued the document, "Considerations for Mass-Gathering Events and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)," which presents organizers and hosts of international mass gatherings with proposed steps to improve ...More
    September 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Declares Ebola Transmission in Liberia is Over
    Today, Sept. 3, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia to be free of Ebola virus transmission in the human population. Forty-two days have passed since the second negative test on July 22, 2015 of the last laboratory-confirmed case. Liberia now ...More
    September 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Summit Harnesses Global Momentum to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis
    Participants at the first-ever World Hepatitis Summit will urge countries to develop national programs that can ultimately eliminate viral hepatitis as a problem of public health concern. “We know how to prevent viral hepatitis, we have a safe and effective vaccine ...More
    September 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Circulating Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus is Confirmed in Ukraine
    In Ukraine, two cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) have been confirmed, with dates of onset of paralysis on June 30 and July 7, 2015. Both are from the Zakarpatskaya oblast, in south-western Ukraine, bordering Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and ...More
    September 2, 2015 Posted in News