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Public Health

  • California Department of Public Health Investigates Human Plague Case
    California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director and state health officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced the department is investigating a case of human plague in California, and conducting an environmental evaluation in the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite ...More
    August 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • CDC Funding Helps States Address Infectious Disease Threats
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced awards of nearly $110 million to help states and communities strengthen their capacity to track and respond to infectious diseases. The awards represent an increase of about $13 million over fiscal year ...More
    August 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Health Department Investigating Outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in the South Bronx
    The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is currently investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the South Bronx. Thirty-one cases have been reported since July 10. There have also been two deaths reported in patients with Legionnaires' disease ...More
    July 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • Africa Risks Large Meningitis Outbreak, Public Health Officials Warn
    With Africa at risk of a large meningitis outbreak, an acute shortage of meningitis C-containing vaccine threatens to severely limit the world’s ability to minimize the number of people affected, four international public health organizations warned today. ...More
    July 28, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Calls for Urgent Action to Curb Hepatitis
    On World Hepatitis Day, July 28, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, ...More
    July 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • Vaccinating and Registering Children Born During Ebola
    In Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak has affected all aspects of healthcare. Exact numbers are yet to be confirmed but it is clear that many children have missed out on routine vaccination services and birth registration during the outbreak. To counter this, mass ...More
    July 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • Ebola Diaries: Helping People to Stay Safe
    Dr. Carmem Pessoa da Silva is an infection control specialist at WHO. She was first deployed to Liberia in September 2014 when the Ebola outbreak was at its height. The number of people ill with Ebola greatly outnumbered the number of treatment beds. People needed help to ...More
    July 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues New Guidelines on HIV Testing Services
    Globally only 51 percent of people living with HIV know of their status. A new set of guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) provides a recommendation to support HIV testing services by trained lay providers and considers the potential of HIV self-testing to ...More
    July 17, 2015 Posted in News