Lassa Fever in Nigeria

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Lassa Fever in Nigeria

Nigeria has been battling a Lassa fever outbreak since late 2016, but a recent increase in incidence, more than 600 cases since the beginning of 2018, is raising concerns that the outbreak could be worse than 2017.

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Olympic Fever: Infectious Diseases at the Winter Games

Olympic Fever: Infectious Diseases at the Winter Games

Outbreaks of norovirus, seasonal influenza, and avian influenza on the Korean Peninsula leading up to the Winter Olympic Games are raising concern about the potential for sparking widespread transmission or a pandemic. We look at the actual risk posed by infectious diseases at the Olympics.

World Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day was recognized on Sunday, January 28. Leprosy, formally known as Hansen's Disease, primarily affects vulnerable populations in developing countries around the world. Victims are often vilified and stigmatized over fear of their disease, further challenging their efforts to seek care.

US CDC to Cut Back Overseas Programs

US CDC to Cut Back Overseas Programs

Unless the United States commits additional funding to support the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), the US CDC will be forced to eliminate public health preparedness and response support programs in nearly 40 countries. Not only do these cutbacks affect local outbreak prevention, detection, and response capabilities, they could also hamstring domestic outbreak readiness and response.

Cholera in Zambia

Cholera in Zambia

Facing the prospect of a growing cholera outbreak, the Zambian government experienced pushback by the public against some public health interventions aimed at controlling the outbreak.

US Influenza- Update

US Influenza- Update

Influenza incidence is on the rise across the country, and deaths among younger adults may signal that early predictions of a particularly severe flu season may have been accurate.

Displaced Populations and the Threat of Disease

Displaced Populations and the Threat of Disease

Populations forcibly displaced from their homes by natural disasters, persecution, and conflict are extremely vulnerable to a myriad of infectious disease and other health threats. We take a look at two ongoing outbreaks among refugees in Bangladesh and Kenya.

The UK Battles Measles Outbreak

The UK Battles Measles Outbreak

The United Kingdom has been battling a growing outbreak of measles, with all cases tied to larger outbreaks occurring in other European countries.