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Public Health

  • MMWR Report Provides Flu Update
    From May 24 through Sept. 5, 2015, the United States experienced typical low levels of seasonal influenza activity, according to a report in this week's MMWR by Blanton, et al. (2015). Influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 (pH1N1), influenza A (H3N2), and influenza B viruses were ...More
    September 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Malaria Death Rates Plunge but 3 Billion People Remain at Risk
    Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 percent since 2000, translating into 6.2 million lives saved, the vast majority of them children, according to a joint WHO-UNICEF report released today.  The report, “Achieving the malaria MDG target,” shows that the ...More
    September 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • Angola's Singing AIDS Nurses
    Nurse-trainer Helena Cumbelembe Inacio was struggling to teach nurses at the health center here the correct combination of medicines to prevent pregnant women with HIV from passing the infection to their children. The nurses couldn’t quite master the medication ...More
    September 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • Stopping Ebola Takes Collaboration
    In late August 2015, as Sierra Leone anxiously counted each day that passed with no new confirmed Ebola cases, a woman fell ill with fever, then diarrhea and vomiting in Sella Kafta village, Tonko Limba chiefdom, Kambia. Her family cared for her at home and, though her ...More
    September 10, 2015 Posted in News
  • Population Movement is a Significant Public Health Challenge
    Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, World Health Organization (WHO) regional director for Europe, has issued the following statement: "The large influx of refugees and migrants to countries of the WHO European Region, which has escalated in the past few months, calls for an urgent ...More
    September 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Guidance on Ebola Virus Disease in Pregnancy
    There is no evidence to show that women who survive Ebola virus disease (EVD) and subsequently become pregnant pose a risk for Ebola virus transmission. However, pregnant women with active EVD and pregnant women who survive EVD without pregnancy loss may transmit the virus ...More
    September 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • Plague Outbreak in Madagascar is Reported to WHO
    The Ministry of Health of Madagascar has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of plague. The first case was identified on Aug. 17 in a rural township in Moramanga district. The patient died on Aug. 19. As of Aug. 30, 14 cases, including 10 deaths, ...More
    September 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Guidance on Mass-Gathering Events and MERS-CoV
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued the document, "Considerations for Mass-Gathering Events and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)," which presents organizers and hosts of international mass gatherings with proposed steps to improve ...More
    September 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Declares Ebola Transmission in Liberia is Over
    Today, Sept. 3, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia to be free of Ebola virus transmission in the human population. Forty-two days have passed since the second negative test on July 22, 2015 of the last laboratory-confirmed case. Liberia now ...More
    September 3, 2015 Posted in News