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  • Elizabethkingia Cases in U.S. Reported to PAHO, WHO
    On April 11, 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of the United States of America notified the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak caused by Elizabethkingia anophelis. From Nov. 1, 2015 to March 30, 2016, a total of ...More
    April 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • Immunization Game-Changers Should Be the Norm Worldwide
    During World Immunization Week 2016, held April 24-30, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps countries can take to “Close the Immunization Gap” and meet global vaccination targets by ...More
    April 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Updated Guidelines for Treatment of Hepatitis C Infection
    In view of the continued rapid progress in the development of new treatments for hepatitis C infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) is issuing updated treatment guidelines. The guidelines promote the transition to newer, more effective medicines that have the ...More
    April 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Concludes Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly, Other Birth Defects
    Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. In the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the ...More
    April 13, 2016 Posted in News
  • Wisconsin Public Health Officials are Investigating Elizabethkingia anophelis Outbreak
    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Division of Public Health (DPH) is currently investigating an outbreak of bacterial infections caused by Elizabethkingia anophelis. The majority of patients acquiring these infections are over 65 years old, and all patients ...More
    April 13, 2016 Posted in News
  • Survey on American Attitudes Toward Zika Virus Finds Limited Awareness or Concern
    A recent survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that three-quarters of Americans who have heard at least a little about the Zika virus are aware that the virus is linked to birth defects in babies born to infected mothers. However, the ...More
    April 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Adds Fiji 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 posted a Zika virus travel notice for Fiji. CDC has issued travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced ...More
    April 5, 2016 Posted in News
  • Emergency Response to Ebola Flare-up is Underway in Liberia
    The World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health teams in Liberia and Guinea are investigating the origins of transmission in Liberia’s latest flare-up after learning that a woman who died from Ebola in Liberia last week had recently traveled from Guinea ...More
    April 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Calls for Early Diagnostic Tests for Lassa Fever
    Lassa fever has killed more than 160 people in West Africa, most of them in Nigeria, since November 2015. Many of these lives could have been saved if a rapid diagnostic test were available so that people could receive treatment early. Since November 2015, Nigeria, Benin, ...More
    April 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • National Zika Summit Focused on Coordinated U.S. Response
    Today, more than 300 local, state, and federal government officials; health experts; and non-government partners are gathering at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prepare for the likelihood of mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus in some ...More
    April 1, 2016 Posted in News