Plot, poison, or curse? Ebola rumours spread in Congo
20 SEP - Some think the disease is a plot to kill off opposition voters. Others believe it is a money-making scheme by foreign groups. These are among the rumours that have caused people to refuse Ebola vaccines and throw stones at health workers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where an Ebola outbreak has killed almost 100 people since July, the Red Cross said.
5 stories to watch during the UN General Assembly in New York
20 SEP - Will underfunded diseases get an UNGA boost?
Germ City: How SARS Changed the Face of Air Travel
20 SEP - In 2003, an outbreak of another deadly virus, SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, spread throughout Asia. Over 8,000 peopleworldwide contracted the illness. It killed nearly 1 in 10 of those infected. In the United States, only 8 people were confirmed to have been infected by SARS.
To prevent future outbreaks, the World Health Organization implemented international health regulations and increased disease surveillance to make it easier to identify sick passengers.
Biosafety Reforms Still Lagging at Military Labs
20 SEP - Three years after discovering that a military laboratory had shipped live anthrax to facilities around the world, the Department of Defense still has not developed a plan to evaluate its biological security practices, the federal Government Accountability Office reported on Thursday.
‘Latent’ Tuberculosis? It’s Not That Common, Experts Find
20 SEP - Active infections kill 4,000 people a day worldwide, more than AIDS does. But the notion that a quarter of the global population harbors silent tuberculosis is “a fundamental misunderstanding.”
The devastating effect of world's biggest ever flu outbreak
20 SEP - New research into the the world’s worst ever flu pandemic reveals the toll the illness wrought on ordinary people still suffering the devastating effects of the First World War.
WHO Global Tuberculosis Report
19 SEP - WHO has published a global TB report every year since 1997. This 2018 edition is published in the lead up to the UN high-level meeting on TB.
World Health Organization Early Warning, Alert, and Response System
Ahead of Print November 2018 - The Early Warning, Alert, and Response System (EWARS) is a web-based system and mobile application for outbreak detection and response in emergency settings. EWARS provided timely information on epidemic-potential diseases among >700,000 Rohingya refugees across settlements. EWARS helped in targeting new measles vaccination campaigns and detecting outbreaks of acute jaundice syndrome.
Opinion: Our lack of pandemic preparedness could prove deadly
SEP 19 - Policymakers need to pay much closer attention to the threats that could be posed by biologically engineered pathogens. There are still no licensed vaccines for most of the deadly viral pathogens that have occurred naturally in the past 40 years. That includes HIV, West Nile, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). A pathogen that combined the lethality of any of these diseases with the ability to spread like influenza could cause extraordinary illness and mortality
Lessons from the latest Ebola outbreak in the DRC
19 SEP - In this guest commentary, Philip A. Lederer, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and an infectious disease physician at Boston Medical Center, discusses lessons that the global health community must learn from Ebola virus outbreaks.