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  • Health Department Investigating Outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in the South Bronx
    The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is currently investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the South Bronx. Thirty-one cases have been reported since July 10. There have also been two deaths reported in patients with Legionnaires' disease ...More
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  • Africa Risks Large Meningitis Outbreak, Public Health Officials Warn
    With Africa at risk of a large meningitis outbreak, an acute shortage of meningitis C-containing vaccine threatens to severely limit the world’s ability to minimize the number of people affected, four international public health organizations warned today. ...More
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  • WHO Calls for Urgent Action to Curb Hepatitis
    On World Hepatitis Day, July 28, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, ...More
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  • Vaccinating and Registering Children Born During Ebola
    In Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak has affected all aspects of healthcare. Exact numbers are yet to be confirmed but it is clear that many children have missed out on routine vaccination services and birth registration during the outbreak. To counter this, mass ...More
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  • Ebola Diaries: Helping People to Stay Safe
    Dr. Carmem Pessoa da Silva is an infection control specialist at WHO. She was first deployed to Liberia in September 2014 when the Ebola outbreak was at its height. The number of people ill with Ebola greatly outnumbered the number of treatment beds. People needed help to ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • WHO Issues New Guidelines on HIV Testing Services
    Globally only 51 percent of people living with HIV know of their status. A new set of guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) provides a recommendation to support HIV testing services by trained lay providers and considers the potential of HIV self-testing to ...More
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  • Chicago Response to Ebola Epidemic Provides Roadmap for Response to Public Health Emergencies
    The Ebola epidemic and resulting international public health emergency is referred to as a "Black Swan" event in medical circles because of its unpredictable and impactful nature. However, a paper in the June 30 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases suggests that the ...More
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  • The Number of Countries Meeting Global Immunization Target Has Doubled
    The number of countries reaching and sustaining 90 percent coverage of children with routine life-saving vaccinations has doubled since 2000. Updated data on the status of immunization worldwide in 2014 reveal that 129 countries, six more than in 2013, now immunize at least ...More
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  • Collaboration Can Defeat Zoonotic Diseases
    A new report finds that most neglected zoonotic diseases can be controlled through the use of existing knowledge and tools. The report urges to accelerate action by the global community in line with World Health Assembly resolutions that provide the policy framework to act ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
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