Public Health

  • Giving Back After Ebola
    Before the Ebola virus arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone, hospital nurse Adiatu Pujeh and her colleagues at the King Harman Hospital thought malaria was the most challenging disease they faced. But Ebola, which arrived in their midst last September, infecting Pujeh and ...More
    May 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • The Last Ebola Survivor of His Team Tells His Tale
    Mohamed Sesay was once part of an eight-person team of laboratory technicians trained to test for Ebola virus. But as the outbreak exploded and more and more samples arrived, his team was overwhelmed. One by one his colleagues sickened and died. He too eventually fell ill ...More
    May 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • Lassa Fever Confirmed in Death of U.S. Traveler Returning from Liberia
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health have confirmed a death from Lassa fever which was diagnosed earlier today in a person returning to the United States from Liberia. The patient traveled from Liberia to Morocco to ...More
    May 25, 2015 Posted in News
  • UTHealth Establishes Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative
    Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health have received a $100,000 supplemental grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to establish a Biosafety and Infectious Disease ...More
    May 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Ebola Diaries: Lessons in Listening
    Cheikh Ibrahima Niang, a professor of medical and social anthropology at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, has researched anthropological aspects of a wide range of health issues. In July 2014, WHO asked him to investigate community attitudes to Ebola virus ...More
    May 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • 68th World Health Assembly Opens in Geneva
    Angela Merkel, chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, addressed delegates on the first morning of the 68th World Health Assembly, convened at World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva. "The WHO is the only international organization that has ...More
    May 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Public Health Response May Have Prevented Hundreds of Illnesses in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
    The rapid response by thousands of public health officials and clinicians is estimated to have averted more than 153 cases of meningitis or stroke and 124 deaths during the 2012-2013 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) distributed by a ...More
    May 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Health Officials Race to Combat Unprecedented Outbreak of Meningococcal Disease in Niger
    From Jan. 1 to May 10, 2015, Niger’s Ministry of Public Health notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of 5,855 suspected cases of meningococcal meningitis, including 406 deaths. This is a rapidly growing outbreak with some unprecedented features. Suspected cases ...More
    May 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Nepal Ramps Up Disease Surveillance After Earthquakes
    Every morning since the first of two recent earthquakes struck Nepal on April 25, Dr. Sharmila Shrestha and researcher Sanjita Thapa have made the hour-long journey from Kathmandu to Kavrepulanchok, a district east of Kathmandu valley, with one goal in mind – to ...More
    May 15, 2015 Posted in News
  • First Case of Ebola Virus Disease in Italy is Reported to WHO
    On May 12, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) received notification of a laboratory-confirmed case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Italy. This is the first EVD case to be detected on Italian soil. The patient is a healthcare worker who has returned from volunteering ...More
    May 14, 2015 Posted in News