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Spike In Ebola Cases In DRC Prompts Health Ministry To Implement New Prevention Measures

Associated Press: Rate of new Ebola cases has doubled since September “The rate of new Ebola cases has more than doubled since September after rebel violence in northeastern Congo caused response efforts to be briefly suspended, health officials said Thursday. In a statement, the International Rescue Committee said it was…

Surge In Malaria Cases In DRC’s Ebola Outbreak Zone Prompts Widespread Treatment Effort; Experts Call For Outbreak To Be Declared International Emergency

CIDRAP News: Malaria spike in Ebola zone prompts mass treatment efforts “A surge in malaria infections — with symptoms that can mimic Ebola — in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) main Ebola hot spot prompted the launch [Wednesday] of a four-day mass malaria drug administration campaign, the World…

Polio Remains Public Health Emergency Of International Concern, WHO Committee Says

Devex: WHO says international spread of polio still a public health emergency “The international spread of polio virus continues to be a problem four years after the WHO’s Emergency Committee designated it a public health emergency of international concern. The committee on Friday announced it would extend the emergency by…

More Women Infected With Ebola In DRC Outbreak

VOA News: Congo’s Worst Ebola Outbreak Hits Women Especially Hard “The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the throes of its worst-ever Ebola outbreak, with more than 420 cases in the country’s volatile east, and a mortality rate of just under 60 percent. But this outbreak — the nation’s tenth…

CDC Releases Publication On Agency’s Global Health Security Efforts

Public Health Reports: Global Health Security: Protecting the United States in an Interconnected World Rebecca E. Bunnell, deputy director for science and policy at the Division of Global Health Protection at the CDC, and colleagues discuss how CDC’s health security efforts help protect U.S. health, safety, and economic interests. The…