Ebola spread concentrated in Congo, not a wider emergency: WHO

An outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that has killed more than 700 people and is continuing to spread does not constitute an international emergency, the World Health Organization said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Health workers carry a newly admitted confirmed Ebola patient into a treatment centre in Butembo in the … Read more

Ebola death toll in DRC passes 750: WHO

Toll: Three people on a motorbike carry a cross for a grave in Ebola-hit North Kivu. (Photo: AFP/John WESSELS) GENEVA: The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 750 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday (Apr 12), ahead of a key review on the severity of the epidemic. WHO’s … Read more

The Source of That Mysterious E. Coli Outbreak Has Likely Been Found

Credit: Shutterstock The mystery behind what's causing the Escherichia coli outbreak that's sickened more than 100 Americans in the past month may finally be solved: Officials have linked the outbreak to ground beef. In a statement released today (April 12), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that, based on interviews with the sick … Read more

Health experts discuss rise in Ebola, to decide if emergency – WHO

Disease experts were evaluating on Friday whether an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that has killed more than 700 people and is continuing to spread now constitutes an international emergency, the World Health Organization said. FILE PHOTO: Health workers carry a newly admitted confirmed Ebola patient into a treatment centre … Read more

New York declares measles emergency, blasts misinformation fueling outbreak

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn on Tuesday in response to a measles outbreak, requiring unvaccinated people living in the affected areas to get the vaccine or face fines. FILE PHOTO: A vial of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and an information sheet is seen … Read more

Congo Ebola outbreak ‘far from contained,’ US aid chief says

The deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is far from contained, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A woman cries during the funeral of a child, suspected of dying from Ebola, next to the coffin in Beni, North Kivu Province of Democratic Republic of Congo, … Read more

How Bad Can the NYC Measles Outbreak Get?

Credit: Joe Amon/Getty Images A growing measles outbreak in New York City has led officials to declare a public health emergency in parts of the city. There have been nearly 300 confirmed measles cases in the city since the outbreak began last October, mainly in Orthodox Jewish communities in parts of Brooklyn, according to the … Read more

China reports new African swine fever outbreak in Xinjiang region

African swine fever is not harmful to humans but can be fatal to pigs. (Photo: AFP/Greg Baker) BEIJING: China said on Monday (Apr 8) it had confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever in Xinjiang region, as the highly contagious disease spreads through the world’s largest hog herd. The outbreak in Yecheng county in the … Read more

Harvard researchers explore correlation between trust in leaders and combating Ebola

Inoculating against misinformation Harvard researchers Patrick Vinck and Phuong Pham are working on reconciling the conflict between trust in institutions and treating Ebola. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Despite new vaccine, Ebola responders in Africa must first work on trust In the lawless eastern provinces of sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest country, an Ebola outbreak that has quietly … Read more

CDC investigates E.coli outbreak in several states

A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS/Tami Chappell/File Photo) REUTERS: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several other U.S. agencies are investigating an E.coli outbreak in five states, the CDC said on Friday (Apr 5). The CDC, the US Department … Read more

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