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  • CDC Changes Reporting of Numbers of Pregnant Women Affected by Zika Virus
    To gain a more complete picture of the impact of Zika virus infection during pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today will begin reporting the total number of pregnant women with Zika virus infection from two newly established enhanced ...More
    4 days ago Posted in News
  • New PLOS Article Advises Consolidation of Outbreak Response Activities
    To make the world safer against future infectious disease threats, national health systems should be strengthened, the World Health Organization's emergency and outbreak response activities should be consolidated and bolstered, and research and development should be ...More
    4 days ago Posted in News
  • Thousands of Public Pools, Hot Tubs Closed Annually Due to Serious Violations
    Every year, serious health and safety violations force thousands of public pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds to close, according to a report published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. But there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself and your ...More
    5 days ago Posted in News
  • Zika Virus Expected to Spread in Europe in Late Spring and Summer
    A new World Health Organization (WHO) report assesses the risk of a Zika virus disease outbreak occurring during late spring and summer in Europe. While the overall risk is low to moderate, countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present are more likely to experience a Zika ...More
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  • Hot Tubs, Swimming Pools Not as Clean as You May Think
    Hot tubs and swimming pools are not always as clean as you might think, even when disinfected. In a new study in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, scientists have found that the more these facilities are used, the more potentially harmful compounds they contain. ...More
    6 days ago Posted in News
  • Syphilis Infections are on the Rise in Europe
    New data released in ECDC's Annual Epidemiological report show that since 2010, the overall syphilis rates have been going up across Europe, particularly among men. In 2014, the reported syphilis numbers were six times higher in men than in women. Almost two-thirds (63%) of ...More
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  • WHO Issues Guidance on Zika Virus and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil
    The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recognize that athletes and visitors are seeking more information on the risks of Zika and ways to prevent infection while attending the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016 (Aug. 5 to ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • CDC Announces Funds for States and Territories to Prepare for Zika
    U.S. states and territories can now apply to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for funds to fight Zika locally. More than $85 million in redirected funds identified by the Department of Health and Human Services is being made available to support efforts ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Recommendations for Strengthening Global Health Security
    The announcement in April that the World Health Organization (WHO) had begun the process of electing its next director-general could mark renewed effort to strengthen the enforcement of the International Health Regulations (IHR). In the wake of the recent Ebola crisis, ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Yellow Fever Epidemic: A New Global Health Emergency?
    Evidence is mounting that the current outbreak of yellow fever is becoming the latest global health emergency, say two Georgetown University professors, who call on the World Health Organization (WHO) to convene an emergency committee under the International Health ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
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