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Public Health

  • CDC Supports New WHO Early Release HIV Treatment and PrEP Guidelines
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it welcomes the announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) of new Early Release HIV Treatment and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) guidelines that will significantly increase the number of people ...More
    October 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Makes 'Treat-All' Recommendation for People Living With HIV
    Anyone infected with HIV should begin antiretroviral treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced. With its "treat-all" recommendation, WHO removes all limitations on eligibility for antiretroviral therapy (ART) among ...More
    October 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • Every 9 Minutes, Someone in the World Dies of Rabies
    A human death from rabies is a tragic but rare thing in the United States and most developed nations. It’s just as tragic but sadly common in parts of the world where some 3 billion people are at risk of being bitten by a rabid dog. More than 59,000 people die of ...More
    September 29, 2015 Posted in News
  • As Syria's Armed Conflict Grows, WHO Aid to the Region is Unrelenting
    Since armed unrest erupted more than four years ago in Syria, resulting in huge movements of the population inside the country and spilling into neighboring countries, WHO has taken a lead role – one that continues in the face of crippling funding shortfalls - to ...More
    September 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • Months of Public Health Preparations in Place as Hajj Pilgrimage Begins
    As an estimated 2 million Muslims from 184 countries gather in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca to take part in the annual hajj pilgrimage, months of preparations to care for health issues of pilgrims are also coming together. Over the last six months, the World ...More
    September 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Enhanced Airport Entry Screening to End for Travelers from Liberia to the United States
    Today, Sept. 21, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will remove Liberia from the list of nations affected by Ebola that are subject to enhanced visa and port-of-entry screening. Travelers departing ...More
    September 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • MMWR Report Provides Flu Update
    From May 24 through Sept. 5, 2015, the United States experienced typical low levels of seasonal influenza activity, according to a report in this week's MMWR by Blanton, et al. (2015). Influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 (pH1N1), influenza A (H3N2), and influenza B viruses were ...More
    September 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Malaria Death Rates Plunge but 3 Billion People Remain at Risk
    Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 percent since 2000, translating into 6.2 million lives saved, the vast majority of them children, according to a joint WHO-UNICEF report released today.  The report, “Achieving the malaria MDG target,” shows that the ...More
    September 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • Angola's Singing AIDS Nurses
    Nurse-trainer Helena Cumbelembe Inacio was struggling to teach nurses at the health center here the correct combination of medicines to prevent pregnant women with HIV from passing the infection to their children. The nurses couldn’t quite master the medication ...More
    September 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • 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
    September 10, 2015 Posted in News