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  • Love in the Time of Ebola: Study Reveals Factors Bolstering Altruism in Face of Risk
    When the Ebola epidemic broke out in 2014, many people responded with fear and loathing, calling for travelers from West Africa to be quarantined, including health workers returning from Ebola-affected areas. Responses to the Syrian refugee crisis bear some of the same ...More
    December 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues List of Top Emerging Diseases Likely to Cause Major Epidemics
    A panel of scientists and public health experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) met in Geneva last week to prioritize the top five to 10 emerging pathogens likely to cause severe outbreaks in the near future, and for which few or no medical countermeasures ...More
    December 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Announces New Global Framework to Eliminate Rabies
    A new framework to eliminate human rabies and save tens of thousands of lives each year has been launched today by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the ...More
    December 10, 2015 Posted in News
  • Global Estimates Shed Light on Toll of Sexually Transmitted Infections
    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have a profound impact on sexual and reproductive health worldwide, and continue to cause a major burden of disease. Global estimates published in the journal PLOS ONE today, show that an estimated 357 million new infections occur ...More
    December 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • New Report Signals Progress in Malaria Elimination
    New estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) show a significant increase in the number of countries moving toward malaria elimination, with prevention efforts saving millions of dollars in healthcare costs over the past 14 years in many African countries. ...More
    December 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • NAU's Lead in Anthrax Research Sets Tone for International Public Health Investigations
    By following a DNA trail through the secretive world of heroin use, researchers may have shown the way for public health officials to solve infectious disease problems affecting the wider population. Led by Paul Keim, Regents’ Professor and Cowden Endowed Chair of ...More
    December 7, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO is Addressing Healthcare Workers in Harm's Way
    In the early hours of Oct. 3, 2015, rockets slammed into a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing at least 14 health workers and injuring 37. An MSF clinic in the southern Yemen city of Taiz was bombed on Dec. 2, 2015, ...More
    December 7, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Updates Zika Virus Infection Case Count
    On Nov. 27, 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Venezuela received notification of seven suspected cases of Zika virus infection. The diagnoses were made by the national reference laboratory, the "Rafael Rangel" National Institute of Hygiene. Four samples tested positive ...More
    December 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • World's First Child-Friendly TB Medicines in Correct Doses
    The World Health Organization (WHO) joined the TB Alliance and partners today to announce the availability of child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medicines in the correct doses. The improved treatments are the first to meet the dosage guidelines set by the WHO in 2010. They ...More
    December 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues First-Ever Global Estimates of Foodborne Diseases
    Almost one-third of all deaths from foodborne diseases are in children under the age of 5 years, despite the fact that they make up only 9 percent of the global population. This is among the findings of WHO's "Estimates of the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases" ...More
    December 3, 2015 Posted in News