Tag Archives: Ebola

Covid-19: A Q & A on the first case in Orange County, Ca.

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Matthew Zahn, M.D., is medical director of the Division of Epidemiology and Assessment for the Orange County Health Care Agency. He answers questions here about one of the first patients confirmed to have the novel coronavirus, diagnosed, with what is now known as Covid-19, in Orange County, Ca. in January. When the magnitude of the Ebola […]

Covid-19: As its toll surpasses 1000 lives, the new coronavirus outbreak gets a name

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Covid-19 is announced as China case count surges past 40,000, as 13th patient diagnosed in U.S. Dr. Tedros also notes that struggle to end DRC Ebola outbreak continues Unheard of, and across most of the world unrecognized until two months ago, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus that as of today has taken more […]

In a decade of global health advances, Science Speaks coverage finds movement toward equity

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This year marks the close of a dynamic decade in global infectious disease research and responses that changed expectations of what humanity can accomplish toward making the world a healthier, safer and more just home for everyone who shares it. From its launch in 2009, Science Speaks has covered some of the most consequential steps […]

DRC Ebola PHEIC continues amid ongoing obstacles while vaccine approval represents “major milestone” for future responses

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While the committee examining the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo emerged today from its 5th meeting with the conclusion that transmissions of the virus there continues to pose a public health emergency of international concern (or PHEIC), news on the vaccine used to control the outbreak represented game-changing developments for the control […]

Calling Goma Ebola confirmation a potential “game changer,” Tedros says he will reconvene WHO emergency committee

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Citing the confirmation of a man sick with Ebola in Goma, a Democratic Republic of Congo city of 2 million near neighboring Rwanda’s border, and the continuing impacts of violence and political instability on efforts to control the spread of the virus, World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ended a speech before a […]

What we’re reading: Why DRC Ebola crisis calls for a PHEIC, how to end an epidemic and more

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It’s time to declare a public health emergency on Ebola – This opinion piece highlights what the declaration of a PHEIC, or public health emergency of international concern, would do towards optimizing and accelerating efforts to control the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and enhancing preparedness in neighboring countries. Shifting the argument of […]

Global Health Security 2019: Panel highlights communities’ value in global health security

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SYDNEY – Greater meaningful engagement with communities confronting disease threats should be prioritized in efforts to strengthen global health security moving forward, leaders said here on Thursday. Communities and their cultural practices and traditions should no longer be viewed as obstacles getting in the way of implementing activities related to preventing, detecting and responding to […]

World Health Assembly 2019: Failures persist in DRC Ebola outbreak responses, leaders say

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GENEVA – While international agencies identify violence and community mistrust as the main reasons the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains uncontrolled, here DRC Minister of Health Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga identified gaps in communication, data and planning as additional weaknesses preventing effective responses. “We need to emerge from silos,” he […]

World Health Assembly 2019: Health leaders confront impacts of global vaccine barriers

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GENEVA – Expert panelists from the World  Health Organization, United States, other nations and civil society agreed in a discussion here today that misinformation, easily spread through social media, continues to cause significant confusion among parents about the safety and benefits of vaccines. At least 480 websites are currently dedicated to actively spread misinformation about […]

116th Congress: Three new Democrats, one new Republican bring a range of inspirations to LHHS House Appropriations Subcommittee

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies oversees spending at HHS agencies that include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. With new members that include the author of one of the first comprehensive legislative acts responding to AIDS in America, a […]