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  • WHO Issues Update on MERS-CoV Cases
    The World Health Organization (WHO) reports the following cases of laboratory confirmed Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported from Jordan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. ...More
    May 15, 2014 Posted in News
  • Second MERS Case in the U.S. is Confirmed
    A second imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was confirmed late night on May 11 in a traveler to the United States. This patient is a healthcare worker who resides and works in Saudi Arabia. This case is unlinked to the first U.S. imported case of MERS ...More
    May 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Social Mobilization is Key in Ebola Outbreak Response
    “Our country has been hit by Ebola, a dangerous viral disease. The virus is dangerous, but you will not get infected if you follow our recommendations. Here is what you can do to protect yourself and your family.” The voice of a man in a Red Cross loudspeaker ...More
    May 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa: 235 Cases, 157 Deaths
    Guinea As of May 5, 2014, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 235 clinical cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 157 deaths. There has been no change in the number of cases confirmed by ebolavirus PCR (127 cases) since the last ...More
    May 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO/UNICEF Highlight Need to Further Reduce Gaps in Access to Improved Drinking Water and Sanitation
    Since 1990, almost 2 billion people globally have gained access to improved sanitation, and 2.3 billion have gained access to drinking-water from improved sources. Some 1.6 billion of these people have piped water connections in their homes or compounds, according to a new ...More
    May 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Texas A&M Developing Technology to Detect Previously Undetectable Fecal Contamination in Water
    Technology capable of sampling water systems to find indicators of fecal matter contamination that are thousandths and even millionths of times smaller than those found by conventional methods is being developed by a team of researchers at Texas A&M University. Working ...More
    May 6, 2014 Posted in News
  • Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa: 231 Cases, 155 Deaths
    As of May 3, 2014, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 231 clinical cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 155 deaths. There has been no change in the number of cases confirmed by ebolavirus PCR (127 cases) since the last update ...More
    May 6, 2014 Posted in News
  • Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa: 226 Cases, 149 Deaths
    As of May 1, 2014, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 226 clinical cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 149 deaths. Of 210 patients tested for ebolavirus infection, 127 cases have been laboratory confirmed by PCR, including 81 ...More
    May 5, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Convenes Emergency Committee About International Spread of Wild Poliovirus
    The Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) was convened by director-general Margaret Chan under the International Health Regulations (2005) April 28-29, 2014 to discuss the international spread of wild polioviruses. Members of the Emergency Committee and ...More
    May 5, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO, CDC Agree that the World is Headed for a Post-Antibiotic Era
    Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) released Antimicrobial Resistance: Global Report on Surveillance 2014, the first comprehensive WHO report on surveillance of antibacterial resistance -- when bacteria outsmart the drugs designed to kill them. The report found that ...More
    April 30, 2014 Posted in News