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With Ebola Still Rampant, No Place to Go for Africa's Sick

September 30, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Six months after West Africa's first Ebola outbreak emerged, generous offers of aid are finally pouring in, but beds for the sick are filling up as fast as clinics can be built.  Often there is nowhere to take the sick except to so-called "holding centers" where they await a bed at an Ebola treatment facility.

Muscle Weakness and Paralysis May be Caused by Enterovirus 68

September 29, 2014 2:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials are...

Red Cross, Italian Military Participate in Ebola Evacuation Drills

September 26, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian authorities and medical experts insist...

Lockdown in Ebola-ridden Sierra Leone Lifted

September 22, 2014 1:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Frustrated residents complained of food shortages...

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Businesses Must Be Prepared For All Infectious Diseases, Not Just Pandemics

September 19, 2014 11:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Although the continuing Ebola Virus outbreak has yet to leave African soil, a handful of Americans have been infected by the virus.  Organizations need to be conscious of not only Ebola, but any outbreak that could affect their staff and damage their productivity.

Crowded Shelters, Lack of Equipment Compounding Problems in Kashmir

September 19, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Doctors in the flood-ravaged Himalayan region of Kashmir said Wednesday that they were seeing outbreaks of gastroenteritis among people crowded into shelters after their homes were inundated two weeks ago.  Patients were also dying due to a lack of basic medical equipment.

Sierra Leone Officials Upset with World Health Organization After Doctor Succumbs to Ebola

September 15, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care.  Dr. Olivet Buck died Saturday, hours after the U.N. health agency said it could not help evacuate her to Germany.

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Virus Hospitalizes Hundreds of Children Across Ten States

September 8, 2014 4:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of children in more than 10 states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.  Nearly 500 children have been treated at one hospital alone.

Ebola Resurgent in West Africa

September 8, 2014 10:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ebola is returning to regions of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone where it was thought to have been contained.  Officials say people in contact with the sick have evaded surveillance, moving at will and hiding their illnesses until they infect others in turn.

Doctor Unsure if Latest American with Ebola Will be Sent to Atlanta Hospital

September 3, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The doctor who oversaw treatment of two American missionaries who contracted the Ebola virus in west Africa said he doesn't know if a third sick American will be coming to his Atlanta hospital.  The North Carolina-based group Serving In Mission said Tuesday that the obstetrician has developed the Ebola virus and is now in isolation in Liberia.

Ebola Outbreak Driving Food Prices Up

September 2, 2014 8:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Food in countries hit by Ebola is getting more expensive and will become scarcer because many farmers won't be able to access fields.  Surrounding countries have closed land borders, many airlines have suspended flights to and from the affected countries, restricting food imports to the hardest-hit countries. Those countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — all rely on grain from abroad to feed their people.

More Ebola Cases in Nigeria as Outbreak Continues

August 25, 2014 11:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died. the two are spouses of a man and woman who had direct contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who flew into the country last month with the virus and infected 11 others before he died in July.

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Ebola Outbreak Disrupting Flow of Goods, Driving Prices Up

August 19, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 in West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for up to a million people as hunger threatens the largely impoverished area.Amid roadblocks manned by troops and pervasive fear among the population of the dreaded disease, the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola is increasingly impacting the food supply in three countries.

Tekmira Stock Sees Wild Swings Amid Ebola Outbreak

August 12, 2014 1:44 pm | by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Jason Kolbert, a biotechnology analyst at Maxim Group in New York, said investors are "freaking out" because a Spanish priest, who was reportedly treated with another Ebola drug called ZMapp, died on Tuesday in Madrid after being transported by air from Liberia.

The Perfect Storm: Preparing for the Next Pandemic

August 5, 2014 11:09 am | by Ed Schlichtenmyer, Business Continuity and Quality Manager at ImpactWeather | Articles | Comments

Ed Schlichtenmyer, Business Continuity and Quality Manager at ImpactWeather, discusses the importance of being prepared for a pandemic or epidemic, common pandemic misconseptions and why it is important for business continuity practitioners in the corporate world to be prepared.

Second Case Confirmed as Ebola Outbreak Spreads to Nigeria

August 5, 2014 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people in four countries.

As Ebola Outbreak Grows, Air Travel Could Prove More Dangerous

July 28, 2014 5:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people.  Airports in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three other West African countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak, have implemented some preventive measures.

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Ebola outbreak in West Africa – rising number of calls to International SOS

July 15, 2014 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Internaitional SOS reported a huge increase in requests for information about Ebola Virus after the outbreak, but said the risk is low for business travelers to become infected is low if they follow proper procedures and exercise caution  

After Safety Breaches, CDC to Close Two Labs

July 14, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing an anthrax scare and other safety problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said it shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs.  An incident at one of the closed Atlanta labs could have accidentally exposed workers in three labs to anthrax last month. A second, previously undisclosed problem earlier this year involved deadly bird flu.

Fewer MERS Cases as Scientists Try to Stop the Spread

July 7, 2014 4:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Infection rates for the Middle East respiratory syndrome are slowing and scientists are working to stop the dangerous coronavirus from spreading further internationally.  Scientists say most of the 824 confirmed cases of MERS since 2013, including at least 286 deaths, could have been prevented.  

Ebola Outbreak Continues in Africa

June 30, 2014 2:00 pm | News | Comments

 The World Health Organization said that the latest figures show 567 cases with 350 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Last week the organization reported more than 330 deaths.  Most of the deaths, 267 of them, are in Guinea, but with Sierra Leone reporting 39 new cases and eight deaths between June 15 and 17, growth there appears to be faster.

Upcoming Pilgrimage Season Raises MERS Concerns

June 23, 2014 8:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Efforts to prevent the spread of a dangerous virus need to be stepped up ahead of the start of the Muslim pilgrimage season, when millions of people from all over the world will travel to Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization said last week.  The U.N. health agency has recorded 701 confirmed cases and 249 deaths worldwide from the Middle East respiratory syndrome, the vast majority of them in Saudi Arabia.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Workers May Have Been Exposed to Anthrax

June 23, 2014 8:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some of its staff in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria because of a safety problem at one of its labs. Agency officials say the risk of infection is low, but that about 75 staff members were being monitored or given antibiotics as a precaution.

Dr. Tomas Aragon's Presentation on Health Threats Now Available

June 17, 2014 11:13 am | Articles | Comments

Due to popular demand, Continuity Insights is releasign the slides from Dr. Tomas Aragon's Presentation "Preparing for Microbial Threats to Health:What Every Professional Should Know."  Aragon gave the presentation as a plenary speaker at Continuity Insights’ Continuity West conference on Monday, June 9 at the South San Francisco Convention Center.

Dr. Tomas Aragon Discusses Outbreaks, Infectious Diseases in a Business Setting

June 10, 2014 10:42 am | by Joe Shust | Articles | Comments

Dr. Tomas Aragon, Health Officer for the city of San Francisco and San Francisco County, gives a presentation, “Preparing for Public Health Disasters: What Every Business Should Know,” at CI West conference at South San Francisco Convention Center.

Saudi Review Finds Over 100 More MERS Infections

June 3, 2014 1:27 pm | by Adam Schreck, Associated Press | News | Comments

The surprise disclosure followed the unexpected firing of the kingdom's deputy health minister, heightening concerns about the country's ability to halt the spread of the Middle Eastern respiratory virus. He was the second senior Saudi health official to lose his job in less than two months.

MERS in America: Is spread of Virus a Worry?

May 19, 2014 8:37 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, has mostly spread before to health care workers or family members caring for a sick patient. The two men in the U.S. were together only in two business meetings. But health officials say they don't find it alarming and that the risk of MERS to the general public remains low.

Officials: 2nd US Case of MERS reported

May 13, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Overall, 538 people have been reported to have the respiratory illness, including 145 people who have died. So far, all had ties to the Middle East region or to people who traveled there. As many as one-fifth of cases have been in health-care workers, Schuchat said. 

UN: Spread of Polio Now a World Health Emergency

May 6, 2014 10:33 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

For the first time ever, the World Health Organization on Monday declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency that could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease.

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