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Public Health

  • Survey Finds Many Physicians Overestimate Their Ability to Assess Patients' Risk of Ebola
    While most primary care physicians responding to a survey taken in late 2014 and early 2015 expressed confidence in their ability to identify potential cases of Ebola and communicate Ebola risks to their patients, only 50 to 70 percent of them gave answers that fit with CDC ...More
    August 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • 77 Cases of MERS-CoV are Reported to WHO
    Since Aug. 3, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) has received reports of 77 cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. ...More
    August 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • MMWR Reports on 11 Human Plague Cases
    A report in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) by Natalie Kwit, DVM, and colleagues, explores the 11 cases of human plague that have been reported in residents of six states since April 1, 2015 (Arizona (two), California (one), Colorado (four), Georgia ...More
    August 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study the Persistence of Ebola Virus in Wastewater
    The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa that began in March 2014 and has killed more than 11,000 people since, has raised new questions about the resilience of the virus and tested scientists' understanding of how to contain it. The latest discovery by a group of ...More
    August 25, 2015 Posted in News
  • Release of Last Ebola Case Signals Sierra Leone Outbreak Could Be Over
    Sierra Leone celebrated an important milestone on Aug. 24, 2015. For the first time in more than a year, there are no people being treated for Ebola virus disease and no confirmed cases of Ebola in the country. ...More
    August 25, 2015 Posted in News
  • The Challenge of Getting Children to Ebola Healthcare Centers in Sierra Leone
    Intense surveillance in Kambia, Sierra Leone, has revealed that around 75 percent of deaths have been occurring in children under 5. Even though Ebola transmission was halted in Kambia last month, mothers still are afraid of Ebola and don’t take their young children ...More
    August 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • 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