Public Health

  • Increasing Community Engagement for Ebola by Using the Radio in Sierra Leone
    WHO’s social mobilization team is using radio to reach communities with information about how to prevent the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone. “My work as a social mobilizer is to pass on key messages to convince people to stop the cultural and traditional ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • CDC Reports 121 Measles Cases Currently
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that from Jan. 1, 2015 to Feb. 6, 2015, 121 people from 17 states and Washington, D.C. were reported to have measles [AZ (7), CA (88), CO (1), DC (1), DE (1), IL (3), MI (1), MN (1), NE (2), NJ (1), NY ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Cholera Prevention Measures Reduce Transmission Among Displaced People in South Sudan
    When violence erupted in South Sudan at the end of 2013, tens of thousands of people fleeing the conflict sought refuge in United Nations bases positioned around the country in the hope that peacekeepers stationed there would protect them. The bases were quickly ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • New Studies Model the Ebola Epidemic
    On Dec. 26, 2013, a 2-year-old boy living in the Guinean village of Meliandou, Guéckédou Prefecture was stricken with a rare disease, caused by the filament-shaped Ebola virus. The child is believed to be the first case in what soon became a flood-tide of ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Only Two-Thirds of Donations to Ebola Crisis Have Reached Affected Countries
    As of Dec. 31, 2014, pledges to the Ebola outbreak reached at least $2.89 billion, yet only around two-thirds ($1.9 billion) has actually reached affected countries, finds a report published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) this week. "These delays in disbursements of ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Ebola Vaccine Trial Opens in Liberia
    A large clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of two experimental vaccines to prevent Ebola virus infection is now open to volunteers in Liberia. The trial is being led by a recently formed Liberia-U.S. clinical research partnership and is sponsored by the ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • CDC Reports 102 Measles Cases Currently
    From Jan. 1 to Jan. 30, 2015, 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles. Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing multi-state outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. On Jan. 23, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Guidance for Labs Managing and Testing Routine Clinical Specimens for Ebola
    Clinicians should maintain a high index of suspicion and consult their local and state health departments and CDC when ill travelers from Ebola-affected countries are identified; it is important to recognize that the likelihood of EVD even among symptomatic travelers ...More
    January 30, 2015 Posted in News