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  • Zika Virus Expected to Spread in Europe in Late Spring and Summer
    A new World Health Organization (WHO) report assesses the risk of a Zika virus disease outbreak occurring during late spring and summer in Europe. While the overall risk is low to moderate, countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present are more likely to experience a Zika ...More
    May 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • Hot Tubs, Swimming Pools Not as Clean as You May Think
    Hot tubs and swimming pools are not always as clean as you might think, even when disinfected. In a new study in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, scientists have found that the more these facilities are used, the more potentially harmful compounds they contain. ...More
    May 18, 2016 Posted in News
  • Syphilis Infections are on the Rise in Europe
    New data released in ECDC's Annual Epidemiological report show that since 2010, the overall syphilis rates have been going up across Europe, particularly among men. In 2014, the reported syphilis numbers were six times higher in men than in women. Almost two-thirds (63%) of ...More
    May 18, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Guidance on Zika Virus and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil
    The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recognize that athletes and visitors are seeking more information on the risks of Zika and ways to prevent infection while attending the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016 (Aug. 5 to ...More
    May 13, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Announces Funds for States and Territories to Prepare for Zika
    U.S. states and territories can now apply to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for funds to fight Zika locally. More than $85 million in redirected funds identified by the Department of Health and Human Services is being made available to support efforts ...More
    May 13, 2016 Posted in News
  • 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