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  • Recommendations for Strengthening Global Health Security
    The announcement in April that the World Health Organization (WHO) had begun the process of electing its next director-general could mark renewed effort to strengthen the enforcement of the International Health Regulations (IHR). In the wake of the recent Ebola crisis, ...More
    May 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • Yellow Fever Epidemic: A New Global Health Emergency?
    Evidence is mounting that the current outbreak of yellow fever is becoming the latest global health emergency, say two Georgetown University professors, who call on the World Health Organization (WHO) to convene an emergency committee under the International Health ...More
    May 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • Beyond Ebola, Keeping Patients and Healthcare Workers Safe
    Dr. Doussou Touré arrives for work at Coléah Medical Centre in Guinea. She washes her hands from a bucket set up in front of the building, proceeds to a screening area where her temperature is checked and recorded and only then enters the bustling facility ...More
    May 8, 2016 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Experts Address Lessons Learned from the Recent Ebola Outbreak
    Vetter, et al. (2016) report on the discussions held during a one-day session at the 2015 International Consortium for Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC)'s biannual conference, which focused on the 2014-2015 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa. The ...More
    May 6, 2016 Posted in News
  • One Year Into the Zika Outbreak: How Obscure Disease Became Global Health Emergency
    In early February 2015, doctors in the impoverished northeastern part of Brazil noticed a surge in the number of people complaining about a mild illness, with and without fever, characterized by rash, fatigue, joint pains, and red eyes. The illness was brief and recovery ...More
    May 5, 2016 Posted in News
  • Salmonellosis Outbreaks Linked to Exposure to Small Turtles
    On April 20, 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of the United States of America notified PAHO/WHO of an ongoing investigation of four multistate outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to exposure to small turtles (with shell length <4 inches/10 centimeters) or ...More
    April 29, 2016 Posted in News
  • On World Malaria Day, a Push to Eradicate the Disease
    A year after the World Health Assembly resolved to eliminate malaria from at least 35 countries by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) is releasing a World Malaria Day report that shows this goal, although ambitious, is achievable. In 2015, all countries in the ...More
    April 25, 2016 Posted in News
  • 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