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Public Health

  • CDC Says Take Chickenpox Seriously
    Most children with chickenpox completely recover. But it can be serious, even deadly, especially for babies, pregnant women, adolescents, adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Make sure everyone in your family is up to date on their chickenpox vaccinations. ...More
    August 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus Infection
    Summertime means mosquitoes and West Nile virus season. An infected mosquito bite can make you or a family member sick with West Nile virus. Stay healthy by avoiding mosquito bites, especially from dusk to dawn when the mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus are most ...More
    August 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • CDC Offers Information on Mumps
    Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Anyone who has not had mumps or been vaccinated can get the disease. There is no treatment for mumps, and it can cause long-term health problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you can protect ...More
    August 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • California Department of Public Health Investigates Second Case of Human Plague
    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announces that it has been notified of a presumptive positive case of plague contracted by a recent visitor to California from Georgia. Confirmatory testing is being conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    August 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • Toilet Waste Provides Knowledge About Diseases' Global Transmission Routes
    Current international disease surveillance systems are mainly based on reports made by doctors after treatment of infected patients. As a consequence, disease-causing microorganisms and resistance bacteria have time to spread and make large population groups sick before ...More
    August 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • Vaccine Hesitancy is a Growing Challenge for Immunization Programs
    People who delay or refuse vaccines for themselves or their children are presenting a growing challenge for countries seeking to close the immunization gap. Globally, 1 in 5 children still do not receive routine life-saving immunizations, and an estimated 1.5 million ...More
    August 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Sierra Leone is Down to the Last Chain of Ebola Virus Transmission
    Use of rapid response teams and strong community involvement in finding Ebola virus disease cases and contacts is yielding results in Sierra Leone. An epidemiological week has now passed with no new Ebola cases for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak. ...More
    August 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • IHR Emergency Committee Meets on International Spread of Wild Poliovirus
    The sixth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the World Health Organization (WHO) director-general on Aug. 4, 2015. Afghanistan ...More
    August 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Progress Being Made to Protect Children and At-Risk Populations Against Cholera in South Sudan
    The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are battling South Sudan’s on-going cholera outbreak, providing thousands of people with life-saving treatment that is helping bring down the number of cases. Cholera cases have been declining since July 20, 2015 but ...More
    August 18, 2015 Posted in News