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  • Emergency Response to Ebola Flare-up is Underway in Liberia
    The World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health teams in Liberia and Guinea are investigating the origins of transmission in Liberia’s latest flare-up after learning that a woman who died from Ebola in Liberia last week had recently traveled from Guinea ...More
    April 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Calls for Early Diagnostic Tests for Lassa Fever
    Lassa fever has killed more than 160 people in West Africa, most of them in Nigeria, since November 2015. Many of these lives could have been saved if a rapid diagnostic test were available so that people could receive treatment early. Since November 2015, Nigeria, Benin, ...More
    April 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • National Zika Summit Focused on Coordinated U.S. Response
    Today, more than 300 local, state, and federal government officials; health experts; and non-government partners are gathering at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prepare for the likelihood of mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus in some ...More
    April 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Investigators Identify New Pneumonia Epidemic in Beijing
    Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections began rising in Beijing last spring, and by December, this pathogen was found in more than half of hospitalized children suffering from pneumonia in that city, according to investigators from the Capital Institute of Pediatrics, Beijing, ...More
    March 31, 2016 Posted in News
  • Zika Virus Surveillance Intensifying in the Americas, but Burden of Disease Still Unclear
    Surveillance for Zika Virus infection is intensifying in the Americas, but "It is hard to say exactly what the burden of disease in the region is, or will be in the future," according to Dr. Sylvain Aldighieri of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health ...More
    March 30, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Declares Ebola is No Longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
    The ninth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Margaret Chan, MD, under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa, took place by teleconference ...More
    March 30, 2016 Posted in News
  • PAHO Provides FAQs on Vector Control for Zika Virus
    The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) provides the following frequently asked questions (FAQs): What do mosquitoes have to do with Zika virus? Human beings contract Zika through the bite of an infected mosquito. When a mosquito feeds on the blood of an infected person ...More
    March 28, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Updated Zika Recommendations
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued new guidance and information to prevent Zika virus transmission and health effects: • Updated interim guidance for healthcare professionals for counseling patients about pregnancy planning and the ...More
    March 25, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Calls on Countries to Unite to End Tuberculosis
    On World TB Day, observed on March 24, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries and partners to "Unite to End Tuberculosis." The call comes as we enter the era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ending tuberculosis (TB) by 2030 is a target ...More
    March 24, 2016 Posted in News
  • New CDC Laboratory Test for Zika Virus Authorized for Emergency Use by FDA
    In response to a request from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Trioplex Real-time RT-PCR Assay, a diagnostic tool for Zika virus that will be distributed ...More
    March 18, 2016 Posted in News