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Public Health

  • 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
  • Summit Harnesses Global Momentum to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis
    Participants at the first-ever World Hepatitis Summit will urge countries to develop national programs that can ultimately eliminate viral hepatitis as a problem of public health concern. “We know how to prevent viral hepatitis, we have a safe and effective vaccine ...More
    September 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Circulating Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus is Confirmed in Ukraine
    In Ukraine, two cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) have been confirmed, with dates of onset of paralysis on June 30 and July 7, 2015. Both are from the Zakarpatskaya oblast, in south-western Ukraine, bordering Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and ...More
    September 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Advise Monitoring Beach Sand to Safeguard Human Health
    Beach sand contains all kinds of microorganisms, including those that can harm human health. Yet current guidelines are focused exclusively on monitoring the levels of microbes in the water. Now, an international panel of scientists is recommending monitoring the sand at ...More
    August 28, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Strengthens Focus on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene to Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases
    The World Health Organization (WHO) today unveiled a global plan to better integrate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services with four other public health interventions to accelerate progress in eliminating and eradicating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2020. ...More
    August 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • Survey Finds Many Physicians Overestimate Their Ability to Assess Patients' Risk of Ebola
    While most primary care physicians responding to a survey taken in late 2014 and early 2015 expressed confidence in their ability to identify potential cases of Ebola and communicate Ebola risks to their patients, only 50 to 70 percent of them gave answers that fit with CDC ...More
    August 27, 2015 Posted in News