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Public Health

  • An R&D Blueprint for Action to Prevent Epidemics
    The R&D Blueprint is a global strategy and preparedness plan that allows the rapid activation of R&D activities during epidemics. Its aim is to fast-track the availability of effective tests, vaccines and medicines that can be used to save lives and avert large ...More
    June 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Offers Health Advice for Travelers to the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games
    The XXXI Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, Brazil, will take place Aug. 5-21, 2016 and from Sept. 7-18, 2016, respectively. Five additional cities will be hosting matches of the Olympic football tournament: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador, ...More
    June 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • Best Practices for Using PCR to Diagnose Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis
    Determining serotype for Haemophilus influenzae (Hi) and serogroup for Neisseria meningitidis (Nm) is crucial for identifying potential outbreaks and determining appropriate public health responses. Several new commercial multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) ...More
    June 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment Outlines Actions to Reduce the Spread of the mcr-1 Gene
    The recently recognized global distribution of the mcr-1 gene poses a substantial public health risk to the EU/EEA, asserts the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The gene is widespread in several continents and has been detected in bacteria isolated ...More
    June 17, 2016 Posted in News
  • A Proposed Mechanism for Enhancing Public Health Capacity
    What if private companies could obtain some coverage to protect their foreign investments in developing countries against crippling infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola? The possible path to offering disease outbreak guarantees is an idea being posed by two global ...More
    June 16, 2016 Posted in News
  • First Case of Locally Acquired Chikungunya in Texas is Reported
    On June 2, 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of the United States of America notified PAHO/WHO of the first laboratory-confirmed case of locally-acquired Chikungunya virus in the state of Texas. The patient, who is from Cameron County, became ill in November 2015 and ...More
    June 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • Rodent Flea Tests Positive for Plague in South Lake Tahoe Area
    El Dorado County health officials have been notified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that a flea from a Yellow pine chipmunk in the Tahoe area has tested positive for plague.  The flea was sampled from one of three rodents trapped in the Fallen ...More
    June 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • Low Risk of Dengue Infection Predicted for Foreign Visitors to Rio Olympics
    In 2014, before the FIFA World Cup opened in Brazil, there were fears that many of the 600,000 foreign visitors expected for the world's largest soccer tournament would acquire dengue fever. Their numbers could reach hundreds or even thousands, according to some ...More
    June 3, 2016 Posted in News