Public Health


  • 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
    4 weeks ago 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
    4 weeks ago 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
    4 weeks ago 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
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Update on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in Guinea
    The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in forested areas south eastern Guinea. As of March 22, 2014, a total of 49 cases including 29 deaths (case fatality ratio: 59%) ...More
    March 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • When the Flu Bug Bit the Big Apple, Twitter Posts Told the Tale
    When Twitter recently unveiled a new grant program that will allow outside researchers to mine its stockpile of tweets, the social media site pointed to Johns Hopkins’ flu tracking as one example of the useful data that may be buried in its short online posts. In ...More
    March 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Update on Poliovirus in Cameroon
    In Cameroon, three additional wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported with onset of paralysis on Jan. 6, Jan. 25 and Jan. 31, 2014 from three new regions (North West, Adamaoua, and Centre) confirming continued WPV transmission and geographic expansion of ...More
    March 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • Volume of Notifiable Disease Reporting May Double with Required Electronic Lab Reporting
    Public health departments nationwide are already feeling the strain from budget cuts. But their case report volumes are forecasted to double when federal requirements for automated electronic laboratory reporting of notifiable diseases go into effect next year, according to ...More
    March 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • NY Health Department Issues Warning About Skin Infections From Handling Live or Raw Fish
    The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced today that it has identified an outbreak of a rare skin infection in persons who handled live or raw fish or seafood that was purchased in markets in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens ...More
    March 6, 2014 Posted in News
  • Google Glass Could Help Stop Emerging Public Health Threats Around the World
    The much-talked-about Google Glass — the eyewear with computer capabilities — could potentially save lives, especially in isolated or far-flung locations, say scientists. They are reporting development of a Google Glass app that takes a picture of a diagnostic test strip ...More
    February 27, 2014 Posted in News