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Public Health

  • Three Cases of Wild Poliovirus in South Sudan are Being Investigated
    The World Health Organization (WHO) says that three suspected cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) from South Sudan are currently being investigated. All three patients are girls, two of whom are approximately 2 years old and one is 8 years old. All had previously been ...More
    October 1, 2013 Posted in News
  • Continued Risk of Poliovirus Spread in Israel, West Bank and Gaza Strip Remains High
    The World Health Organization (WHO) considers the risk of further international spread of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) from Israel to be high. The risk assessment reflects evidence of increasing geographic extent of WPV1 circulation in Israel over a prolonged period of ...More
    September 20, 2013 Posted in News
  • Possible Patient Exposure to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
    The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Catholic Medical Center (CMC), and the Manchester Health Department (MHD) announce that neurosurgery on a patient at CMC, who is now suspected to have had Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), may have resulted in ...More
    September 6, 2013 Posted in News
  • Texas Department of State Health Services Issues Measles Alert
    Citing six confirmed measles cases in the last month and 11 cases for the year, the Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a health alert and is urging immunization against this highly contagious illness. State health officials are asking healthcare providers ...More
    August 27, 2013 Posted in News
  • CDC Releases Updated Health Information for International Travel
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released the online version of the 2014 edition of CDC Health Information for International Travel, commonly known as the “Yellow Book.” Nicknamed for its yellow cover, this is the ultimate guide for healthy ...More
    August 6, 2013 Posted in News
  • HHS, USDA, Food Industry Welcome New Guidelines to Aid Outbreak Responders
    Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Kathleen Sebelius and agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack have commended the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) for the new CIFOR Foodborne Illness Response Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Managers of Food ...More
    August 1, 2013 Posted in News
  • Colombia is First Country in the World to Eliminate Parasitic Disease River Blindness
    Colombia has been verified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated the parasitic disease onchocerciasis (known as “river blindness”), thus becoming the first country in the world to achieve this goal. In an official notification letter, WHO ...More
    August 1, 2013 Posted in News
  • WHO Urges Governments to Act on Hepatitis Threat
    In advance of World Hepatitis Day, July 28, 2013 the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to act against the five hepatitis viruses that can cause severe liver infections and lead to 1.4 million deaths every year. Some of these hepatitis viruses, most ...More
    July 24, 2013 Posted in News
  • Report Finds Progress Toward Public Health Preparedness but Gaps Persist
    In the 10th annual "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism" report, 35 states and Washington, D.C. scored a 6 or lower on 10 key indicators of public health preparedness. The report found that while there has been significant progress ...More
    July 20, 2013 Posted in News