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Public Health

  • Mosquito Control: Can it Stop Zika at the Source?
    Aedes aegypti, the principal mosquito species that transmits the Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses, has a number of breeding and behavioral quirks that make it extremely difficult to control. This article looks at conventional and new techniques for control and ...More
    February 18, 2016 Posted in News
  • FDA Issues Recommendations to Reduce the Risk for Zika Virus Blood Transmission in the U.S.
    As a safety measure against the emerging Zika virus outbreak, today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new guidance recommending the deferral of individuals from donating blood if they have been to areas with active Zika virus transmission, potentially ...More
    February 17, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Announces Global Emergency Response Plan for Zika Outbreak
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a global Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan to guide the international response to the spread of Zika virus infection and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it. The ...More
    February 17, 2016 Posted in News
  • Microcephaly in the U.S.
    On Jan. 16, 2016, the National IHR Focal Point for the United States of America notified the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) of a male infant with microcephaly born in Hawaii in December. The mother of the child experienced ...More
    February 15, 2016 Posted in News
  • Rebuilding Health Systems in the Wake of Ebola
    As the emergency phase of the response to the Ebola outbreak winds down in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries face an equally urgent and formidable task: building health systems capable of preventing, detecting and responding to outbreaks. ...More
    February 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • Women, Microcephaly and Zika Virus Disease: WHO Provides a Q&A
    The risk of babies born with microcephaly has raised understandable concerns among women including those who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. There are many unknowns regarding the possible causes of microcephaly. Until scientists and public health officials have ...More
    February 10, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Influenza Risk Assessment
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a risk assessment related to seasonal influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus. According to the assessment, compared to previous years, northern hemisphere seasonal influenza activity commenced late in some countries in western Europe, ...More
    February 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Emergency Operations Center Moves to Highest Level of Activation for Zika Response
    To further enhance its response to the Zika virus outbreak, CDC’s Emergency Operations Center is moving to a Level 1 activation—reflecting the agency’s assessment of the need for an accelerated preparedness to bring together experts to focus intently and ...More
    February 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • American Public Health Association Supports Emergency Funding to Combat Zika Virus
    The American Public Health Association (APHA) today announced its strong support for a new surge in funding to protect against Zika virus. The virus has health officials increasingly concerned about its recent rapid spread in the Americas and beyond and its suspected link ...More
    February 8, 2016 Posted in News