Public Health


  • Ebola Outbreak is Declared a Public Health Emergency by WHO Committee
    The first meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by director-general Margaret Chan under the International Health Regulations (2005) [IHR (2005)] regarding the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa was held by teleconference August 6-7, 2014. Members ...More
    August 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa: 68 New Cases, 29 Deaths
    Between August 5 and 6, 2014, a total of 68 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 29 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. On Aug. 6-7, 2014, an Emergency Committee of the World ...More
    August 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC to Host Twitter Chat on Ebola and Infection Control
    The recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa has increased the need for U.S. healthcare facilities to be prepared to handle potential patients with Ebola virus disease. Additionally, two American citizens with Ebola virus disease have been medically evacuated ...More
    August 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Releases New Ebola Guidance for Laboratorians
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released interim guidance for laboratorians and other healthcare personnel collecting or handling specimens in the United States on appropriate specimen collection, transport and testing of specimens from patients who ...More
    August 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC's Surge Response to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is rapidly increasing its ongoing efforts to curb the expanding West African Ebola outbreak and deploying staff to four African nations currently affected: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. The outbreak began in ...More
    August 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO to Convene Ethical Review of Experimental Treatment for Ebola
    Early next week, the World Health Organization (WHO) will convene a panel of medical ethicists to explore the use of experimental treatment in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Currently there is no registered medicine or vaccine against the virus, but there are ...More
    August 6, 2014 Posted in News
  • Ebola Virus Disease Update: 108 New Cases, 45 Deaths
    Between August 2 and 4, 2014, a total of 108 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 45 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. A mission briefing with representatives from World Health ...More
    August 6, 2014 Posted in News
  • Ebola Virus Disease: 163 New Cases, 61 Deaths
    Between July 31 and Aug. 1, 2014, a total of 163 new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD; laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 61 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Three of these cases are in Nigeria and include two ...More
    August 4, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Releases Infection Prevention Recommendations for Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals. Standard, contact and droplet precautions are recommended for any ...More
    August 1, 2014 Posted in News