Monkeypox in the UK

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Monkeypox in the UK

The first two cases of monkeypox in the UK were identified earlier this month. Both cases were in travelers who recently arrived from Nigeria, but health officials have not identified any epidemiological link between the two patients.

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Zimbabwe Cholera Outbreak Test of New Government

Zimbabwe Cholera Outbreak Test of New Government

Zimbabwe declared a State of Emergency after an outbreak of cholera sickened thousands of people, prompting the newly-elected government to ban public gatherings in the capital city, Harare. We explore Zimbabwe’s recent struggle with cholera and the role these social distancing measures might play in responding to cholera.

Ebola in DRC: Q&A with Dr. Joseph Fair

Ebola in DRC: Q&A with Dr. Joseph Fair

This week, Outbreak Observatory brings you firsthand perspectives on the DRC Ebola outbreak, via an interview with Dr. Joseph Fair, team lead for the International Medical Corps response in North Kivu.

The Politics of Measles in Europe

The Politics of Measles in Europe

Europe is reporting a record high number of measles cases for the first six months of 2018. We explore which European nations have been hardest hit, and we examine the potential role of the European political climate in exacerbating the outbreak.

WHO Warns of Possible "Third Wave" of Cholera in Yemen

WHO Warns of Possible "Third Wave" of Cholera in Yemen

The WHO and UN both issued recent warnings of a possible third wave of cholera infections in Yemen. The warnings are based on recent increases in disease incidence, but official data is limited, making it difficult to assess the circumstances contributing to the warnings.

DRC's Neighbors on the Alert for Ebola

DRC's Neighbors on the Alert for Ebola

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo threatens to cross into neighboring Uganda, but the government of Uganda’s extensive efforts to prevent spillover may be enough to hold off the outbreak.

Ebola Vaccine and the Crucial Role of Healthcare Workers

Ebola Vaccine and the Crucial Role of Healthcare Workers

The DRC and the WHO have launched a new ring vaccination campaign to combat the new Ebola outbreak in North Kivu. The first recipients of the vaccine are healthcare workers, whose health and safety are paramount in the fight to contain the disease.

XDR Typhoid Fever in Pakistan

XDR Typhoid Fever in Pakistan

While the incidence of isolated cases and limited outbreaks of drug-resistant infections have risen in recent years, sustained transmission of these infections are more rare. An ongoing outbreak of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) typhoid fever in Pakistan illustrates the growing threat posed by drug-resistant pathogens.

Of Mice and Microbes....or the Grapes of Rats

Of Mice and Microbes....or the Grapes of Rats

Health officials in Germany quick identified the unusual source of a tularemia outbreak at a vineyard, potentially preventing cases across Europe and around the globe.