Communicable Diseases

U.S. flu outbreak worsens- hospitalizations highest in nearly a decade

U.S. flu outbreak worsens- hospitalizations highest in nearly a decade

Published 03/02/2018

Emergency room nurse Christine Bauer treats Joshua Lagade of Vista, California, for the flu as his girlfriend Mayra Mora looks on in the emergency room [more…]

Zambia relaxes restrictions as cholera outbreak slows

Zambia relaxes restrictions as cholera outbreak slows

Published 14/01/2018

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia on Sunday relaxed rules imposed to curb the spread of cholera as the number of new cases being reported has halved, [more…]

Global measles deaths fall, but elimination goals far off

Global measles deaths fall, but elimination goals far off

Published 26/10/2017

Annual deaths from measles dropped below 100,000 worldwide last year for the first time, to 90,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international agencies said on Thursday. [more…]

Trial data suggest new typhoid shot could halve infection rate

Trial data suggest new typhoid shot could halve infection rate

Published 28/09/2017

A new typhoid vaccine developed by privately-held Bharat Biotech proved safe and highly immunogenic in a study and could be used to prevent millions of infections if it succeeds in final-stage clinical trials, researchers said on Friday. [more…]

HIV-prevention pill can be taken as needed

HIV-prevention pill can be taken as needed

Published 31/07/2017

By Andrew M. SeamanReuters Health - Men can safely take a pill that protects against the virus that causes AIDS when they need it, instead of every

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WHO warns of cholera risk at annual haj, praises Saudi preparedness

WHO warns of cholera risk at annual haj, praises Saudi preparedness

Published 14/07/2017

FILE PHOTO: An old man infected with cholera lies on the bed at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, May 12, 2017.

A cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has infected more than 332,000 people, could spread during the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in September, although Saudi authorities are well prepared, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

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Yemen`s cholera death toll rises to 1,500: WHO

Yemen`s cholera death toll rises to 1,500: WHO

Published 01/07/2017

FILE PHOTO: Women sit with relatives infected with cholera at a hospital in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemen May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

The death toll from a major cholera outbreak in Yemen has risen to 1,500, Nevio Zagaria, the World Health Organization's (WHO) representative in Yemen, said on Saturday, and appealed for more help to put an end to the epidemic.

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Congo declares Ebola outbreak over after four deaths

Congo declares Ebola outbreak over after four deaths

Published 01/07/2017

Democratic Republic of Congo declared its two-month Ebola outbreak officially over on Saturday after 42 days without recording a new case of the disease.

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More consistent guidelines needed for therapy animals

More consistent guidelines needed for therapy animals

Published 23/06/2017

By Will Boggs MD(Reuters Health) - Hospitals and other healthcare facilities don’t consistently follow guidelines to ensure the safety of therapy ani

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WHO confirms Congo polio outbreaks in new eradication setback

WHO confirms Congo polio outbreaks in new eradication setback

Published 13/06/2017

Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered two separate outbreaks of polio, a debilitating and potentially deadly disease that the world is trying to eradicate, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

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