Read current official WHO and CDC news updates, listed below in the Newsfeeds section, descending from the most recent on top. See the notices from both organizations mapped globally immediately below.**
WHO Disease Outbreaks
Dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) – Ethiopia...
Mon, 25 May 2020Between 2 and 8 April 2020, six suspected human cases of dracunculiasis in Duli village, Gog district, Gambella region, Ethiopia, were reported to WHO.
Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
Thu, 21 May 2020From 13 to 19 May 2020, no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
Thu, 14 May 2020From 6 to 12 May 2020, no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Figure 1). Since the resurgence of the outbreak on 10 April 2020, seven confirmed cases have been reported from Kasanga, Malepe and Kanzulinzuli Health Areas in Beni Health Zone. Of these, one is receiving care at the Beni Ebola treatment centre (ETC), one who was receiving care at the ETC recovered and was discharged, and one remains in the community, 35 days after symptom onset. Efforts to locate this individual are being undertaken to test and provide care for this person. Four of the people confirmed to have Ebola died, including two community deaths and two deaths in the ETC in Beni. So far, no definitive source of infection has been identified.
As of 12 May, 90 contacts are currently under surveillance, of which 41 are high-risk contacts who had direct contact with body fluids of the last confirmed case. All contacts have exited their high-risk period (seven to 13 days after last exposure). Contacts from the previous six cases reported in April have exited their follow-up period. Of the 41 high-risk contacts, 37 have been vaccinated. A total of 1486 people have been vaccinated in Beni and Karisimbi since 10 April 2020.
CDC Travel Notices:
Watch - Dengue in the Americas...
Thu, 21 May 2020Dengue is a risk in many parts of Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Some countries are reporting increased numbers of cases of the disease. Travelers to the Americas can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites.
Watch - Yellow Fever in Ethiopia...
Thu, 23 Apr 2020There is an outbreak of yellow fever in the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia. Travelers going to Ethiopia should receive vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before travel and should take steps to prevent mosquito bites while there.
Warning - Health Infrastructure Breakdown in Venezuela...
Mon, 20 Apr 2020CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Venezuela. The country is experiencing outbreaks of infectious diseases, and adequate health care is currently not available in most of the country.
Alert - Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo...
Mon, 20 Apr 2020There is an outbreak of Ebola in the North Kivu (Kivu Nord) and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Alert - Rubella in Japan...
Mon, 20 Apr 2020There is an outbreak of rubella in Japan. Travelers to Japan should make sure they are vaccinated against rubella with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine before travel.
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The Travel Clinical Assistant (TCA) is by the Georgia Department of Health.
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):
EARLY RELEASE: Universal and Serial Laboratory Testing for SARS-C...
Fri, 22 May 2020This report describes how universal, serial reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing of residents in a long-term care skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles, California, helped to interrupt transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 in the facility.
QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Disability...
Thu, 21 May 2020In 2018, among adults aged ≥18 years, those ever receiving a diagnosis of diabetes were more likely to have disability than those never receiving a diagnosis of diabetes.
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Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal
This list includes items from the latest issue of the Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal.
In The Literature...
Sat, 23 May 2020
Unusual Brain Lesions Diagnosed From a Cerebrospinal Fluid Wet Pr...
Sat, 23 May 2020A 43-year-old Hispanic woman presented with a 3-week history of diffuse headaches associated with nausea, weakness, and dizziness that did not respond to conservative management with analgesics. Her medical history was unremarkable, and she denied the use of intravenous drugs or a history of blood transfusions. The patient was from El Salvador but had been living in the United States with her husband for the past 25 years. She had no other travel exposures. Computed tomography showed bilateral cerebral lesions, and the patient was admitted for further evaluation and treatment. Generalized weakness was noted at her neurologic examination, but findings were otherwise nonfocal. She was dizzy and unsteady when she walked.
Sat, 23 May 2020
Listen: New England Journal of Medicine
The New England Journal of Medicine is a weekly general medicine journal, and this audio news feed presents interviews with specialists.
NEJM Interview: Dr. Eric Rubin and Dr. Lindsey Baden on capitaliz...
Wed, 20 May 2020Eric Rubin is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Lindsey Baden is a Deputy Editor of the Journal. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. E.J. Rubin, L.R. Baden, and S. Morrissey. Audio Interview: Capitalizing on Immune Responses to Covid-19. N Engl J Med 2020;382:e93.
NEJM Interview: Dr. Nicole Lurie on rapid vaccine development, in...
Wed, 20 May 2020Dr. Nicole Lurie is a strategic advisor to the CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. N. Lurie and Others. Developing Covid-19 Vaccines at Pandemic Speed. N Engl J Med 2020;382:1969-1973.
NEJM Interview: Dr. Eric Rubin and Dr. Lindsey Baden on finding r...
Wed, 13 May 2020Eric Rubin is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Lindsey Baden is a Deputy Editor of the Journal. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. E.J. Rubin, L.R. Baden, and S. Morrissey. Audio Interview: Finding Reliable Information about Covid-19. N Engl J Med 2020;382:e81.
Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal:
This list contains articles published online ahead of print.
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy:
News from the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).
Johns Hopkins Medicine RSS Feed:
Johns Hopkins Medicine science and medical news.
Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19...
Mon, 25 May 2020Story tips from Johns Hopkins Medicine experts on Covid-19
Weekly Tip Sheet: Research News from Johns Hopkins Medicine NOT R...
Thu, 21 May 2020Tip sheet with latest Johns Hopkins research news NOT related to COVID-19. Stories: more women & seniors needed in cholesterol drug trials, improving medical care quality for homebound seniors & 2020 JHM Science Writers Boot Camp goes virtual.
Researchers Urge Clinical Trial of Blood Pressure Drug to Prevent...
Tue, 19 May 2020Researchers in the Ludwig Center at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center report they have identified a drug treatment that could--if given early enough--potentially reduce the risk of death from the most serious complication of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as SARS-CoV-2 i
American Journal of Infection Control:
RSS feed including 'the latest published articles, both published in an issue and published as Articles in Press.'
Detection of Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriace from Fomite S...
2020-05-25Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are pathogens in health care facilities associated with high morbidity, mortality, and limited treatment options.1 CRE can be transmitted via contaminated fomites, emphasizing the importance of environmental contamination as a potential source of facility amplification.2 Accurate detection of environmental contamination is a critical component to understanding the CRE burden and transmission. However, methods to detect CRE from environmental sources are not standardized, limiting our ability to evaluate this clinically relevant issue.
Surgical site infection in hip arthroplasty in a 10 year-follow-...
2020-05-25Hip replacement is the most effective intervention to treat a deteriorated hip joint with persistent and disabling pain. Severe osteoarthritis is the most common indication for this procedure with an increasing demand as the population ages.1 Additionally, hip joint replacement may be conducted to treat severe joint damage following hip fracture,2,3 or other conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, femoroacetabular compression syndrome, hip dysplasia, neoplasia and osteonecrosis.3 In the United States alone, over 370,000 total hip arthroplasties are performed each year, with growth projections ranging from 71.2% to 145% by 2030.
Pretreated household materials carry similar filtration protecti...
2020-05-25Since December 2019, the novel 2019 SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) has rapidly spread leading to a global pandemic.1 According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, as of April 14, 2020, there are been more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 100,000 reported deaths.2 During this time, the WHO has called upon industry to increase production of PPE equipment by 40% to relieve the shortage that is currently putting healthcare providers worldwide at risk of contracting the illness.