Public Health


  • Lassa Fever Reported in U.S. Traveler Returning from West Africa
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have confirmed a diagnosis of Lassa fever in a person returning to the United States from West Africa. The patient was admitted to a hospital in Minnesota on March 31 with ...More
    April 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • April 7 is World Health Day 2014: Preventing Vectorborne Diseases
    More than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Every year, more than 1 billion people are ...More
    April 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • Ebola Virus Disease Cases in West Africa Climb to 143
    As at April 4, 2014, the Ministry of Health of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 143 clinically compatible cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), of which 54 are laboratory confirmed by PCR. The total number includes 86 deaths (CFR 60%). New cases have been reported ...More
    April 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • The Number of Suspected and Confirmed Cases of Ebola Climbs to 122
    (Note: In this update and subsequent ones, the terminology Ebola hemorrhagic fever will be replaced by Ebola virus disease (EVD) in line with the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). Therefore, this report provides an update on Ebola virus disease (EVD) in ...More
    April 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues New Update on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in Guinea
    The total number of suspected cases in the ongoing Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Guinea remains 86. Two more cases died bringing total deaths to 62 (CFR: 72 percent). The cases are spread across three districts in south-east Guinea (Guekedou, Macenta, and Kissidougou ...More
    March 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Southeast Asia Region is Certified as Polio-Free
    The World Health Organization (WHO)'s Southeast Asia Region, home to one-quarter of the world’s population, was certified polio-free today by an independent commission under the WHO certification process. This is the fourth of six WHO Regions to be certified, marking ...More
    March 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Update on Polio Outbreak in the Middle East
    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), polio outbreak response in the Middle East is continuing to attempt to stop an outbreak affecting the region. As of March 20, 2014, in the Syrian Arab Republic a total of 37 WPV1 cases have been reported: 25 cases ...More
    March 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Update on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in Guinea
    The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in forested areas south eastern Guinea. As of March 22, 2014, a total of 49 cases including 29 deaths (case fatality ratio: 59%) ...More
    March 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • When the Flu Bug Bit the Big Apple, Twitter Posts Told the Tale
    When Twitter recently unveiled a new grant program that will allow outside researchers to mine its stockpile of tweets, the social media site pointed to Johns Hopkins’ flu tracking as one example of the useful data that may be buried in its short online posts. In ...More
    March 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Update on Poliovirus in Cameroon
    In Cameroon, three additional wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported with onset of paralysis on Jan. 6, Jan. 25 and Jan. 31, 2014 from three new regions (North West, Adamaoua, and Centre) confirming continued WPV transmission and geographic expansion of ...More
    March 17, 2014 Posted in News