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Public Health

  • Health Officials Exploring Possible Association Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it is aware of reports of increased numbers of babies born with microcephaly (smaller than expected head size) in Brazil. The Ministry of Health (MOH) of Brazil says it is concerned about a possible association ...More
    January 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Declares Chains of Ebola Transmission in West Africa Have Been Broken
    Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia and says all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa. But WHO says the job is not over, more flare-ups are expected and that ...More
    January 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • Cholera Vaccine Supply Set to Double, Easing Global Shortage
    The global supply of oral cholera vaccines (OCV) is set to double after the World Health Organization (WHO) approved a third producer, helping to address global shortages and expand access in more countries. Globally, OCV production is low, with demands currently exceeding ...More
    January 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • Ebola Medical Team Develops Guidelines for Treating Infected Children
    When the Ebola virus outbreak erupted in West Africa in 2014, children infected with the virus -- particularly those under age 5 -- faced overwhelming challenges. Not only was there a high death rate among young children infected with the disease, they often were isolated ...More
    January 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Provides Disease Outbreak Update on H5N6, MERS
    Human infection with avian influenza A(H5N6) virus – China Between Dec. 30, 2015 and Jan. 2, 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human ...More
    January 5, 2016 Posted in News
  • First Case of Zika Virus Reported in Puerto Rico
    The Puerto Rico Department of Health reported on Dec. 31, 2015 the first locally acquired case of Zika virus infection in Puerto Rico.  Zika was confirmed in a resident of Puerto Rico with no known travel history. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...More
    January 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Announces End of Ebola Transmission in Guinea
    On Dec. 29, 2015 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of Ebola virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea. Forty-two days have passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease tested negative for the second time. Guinea now enters a ...More
    December 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Offers 2015 Public Health Highlights
    In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) led the health response to major outbreaks and emergencies from West Africa to Iraq. It provided new advice on a broad range of health issues, including dementia, food safety, HIV treatment, sugar consumption, antibiotic ...More
    December 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Love in the Time of Ebola: Study Reveals Factors Bolstering Altruism in Face of Risk
    When the Ebola epidemic broke out in 2014, many people responded with fear and loathing, calling for travelers from West Africa to be quarantined, including health workers returning from Ebola-affected areas. Responses to the Syrian refugee crisis bear some of the same ...More
    December 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues List of Top Emerging Diseases Likely to Cause Major Epidemics
    A panel of scientists and public health experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) met in Geneva last week to prioritize the top five to 10 emerging pathogens likely to cause severe outbreaks in the near future, and for which few or no medical countermeasures ...More
    December 17, 2015 Posted in News