WHO Debuts Global Influenza Strategy

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WHO Debuts Global Influenza Strategy

The latest in a long history of influenza planning, the WHO’s Global Influenza Strategy for 2019-2030 takes a more holistic and comprehensive approach to establishing global influenza preparedness and response capacity.

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Funding Ebola in the DRC

Funding Ebola in the DRC

WHO has requested $148 million to fund the next six months of response operations as the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to grow. This post discusses the importance of increasing financial support to enhance response efforts.

The Venezuela Crisis and Infectious Disease Spread

The Venezuela Crisis and Infectious Disease Spread

Venezuela’s political and economic crisis has fostered conditions favorable to communicable disease outbreaks, including measles, malaria, and HIV. We call attention to the spread of these diseases in Venezuela, and we examine the evidence of regional transmission.

Indonesia Confirms First Polio Case Since 2006

Indonesia Confirms First Polio Case Since 2006

For the first time since 2006, Indonesia has reported that two individuals have been infected with polio. This outbreak demonstrates the importance of vaccination and maintaining sensitive surveillance.

Measles’ Big Year: The Impact of Low Vaccination Coverage

Measles’ Big Year: The Impact of Low Vaccination Coverage

Globally, measles are on the rise. This post outlines two outbreaks from this past year, one in the Ukraine and the other in Madagascar. Both of these outbreaks illustrate how low vaccination coverage can lead to high case numbers.

Revisiting the PHEIC Decision in the DRC

Revisiting the PHEIC Decision in the DRC

The WHO Emergency Committee convened in October 2018 to determined that the Ebola outbreak in the DRC did not constitute a PHEIC. Since then, the outbreak has tripled in size (now the 2nd largest ever) and expanded in geographic area, and some are calling for the WHO to revisit the PHEIC issue before the situation worsens any further.

Measles in the Pacific Northwest (US)

Measles in the Pacific Northwest (US)

A measles outbreak centered in Clark County, Oregon has already resulted in cases in two other states, including Hawai’i. This outbreak illustrates the risks posed by pockets of low vaccination coverage and the intense effort required to complete contact tracing for such a highly transmissible infection.

Update: Lassa Fever in Nigeria, 2018

Update: Lassa Fever in Nigeria, 2018

In 2018, Nigeria experienced an unusually large Lassa fever outbreak. This post revisits the outbreak and discusses the use of metagenomic sequencing to aid in its response.

XDR Typhoid in Pakistan Poses “Public Health Concern”

XDR Typhoid in Pakistan Poses “Public Health Concern”

We provide an update to an outbreak of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) typhoid fever in Pakistan. Cases have more than doubled since July 2018, prompting the WHO to issue new recommendations to contain the outbreak and prevent further antimicrobial resistance.