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Public Health

  • Two New Cases of Human Infection with H7N9 Virus are Reported to WHO
    On Sept. 2, 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of 2 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. Details of the cases are as follows: A 66-year-old ...More
    September 4, 2014 Posted in News
  • Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa: 3,685 Total Cases, 1,841 Total Deaths
    The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that as of Aug. 31, 2014, 3,685 (probable, confirmed and suspected) cases and 1,841 deaths have been reported in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease by the Ministries of Health of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In ...More
    September 4, 2014 Posted in News
  • International Health Systems Fund Could Have Averted Ebola Outbreak
    The Ebola crisis in West Africa could have been averted if governments and health agencies had acted on the recommendations of a 2011 World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on global health emergencies, according to a new commentary published in The Lancet. The ...More
    September 4, 2014 Posted in News
  • Ugandan Team Brings Ebola Experience to Liberia
    Madira Lefa, assistant physician at Kagadi Hospital in Uganda, cried when he read what was going on in Liberia, one of the three countries most seriously affected by the Ebola outbreak. Immediately he started thinking, “I have to help my colleagues”. Madira is ...More
    September 4, 2014 Posted in News
  • Liberia Promotes Safe Air Travel Amidst Ebola Outbreak
    “Excuse me, sir, I need to take your temperature.” These words are often overheard these days at the international airport of Monrovia, where a group of doctors and nurses from the Ministry of Health of Liberia screen passengers arriving and leaving the country ...More
    September 4, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Warns Ebola Epidemic in West Africa is Outpacing Current Response
    In a briefing today, CDC director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, reported on his visits last week to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and called for immediate steps across nations to accelerate response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Frieden described a daunting situation and ...More
    September 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • Single Animal-to-Human Transmission Event Responsible for 2014 Ebola Outbreak
    Scientists used advanced genomic sequencing technology to identify a single point of infection from an animal reservoir to a human in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This research has also revealed the dynamics of how the Ebola virus has been transmitted from ...More
    September 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Experts Discuss Vaccine to Protect Against Growing Global Health Crisis
    Infectious disease experts from the University of Vermont provide the following insights on Ebola virus vaccine creation. Vermont Medicine: What is Ebola virus and where are Ebola infections most commonly seen? Vaccine Testing Center: Ebola is a filovirus and causes one of ...More
    September 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • Ebola Virus Disease Reported in Senegal
    On Aug. 30, 2014, Senegal’s Ministry of Public Health and Social Affairs provided the World Health Organization (WHO) with details about a case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) announced in that country on Aug. 29, 2014. WHO has also received details of the emergency ...More
    September 1, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Laboratories Produce First Genomic Sequence of Liberian Ebola
    With the largest Ebola outbreak in history raging through West Africa, understanding whether the virus is changing as it spreads through different populations can help responders know what treatments to use and also help research laboratories develop new tools to speed ...More
    September 1, 2014 Posted in News