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U.S. Government Contracts with Quebec Biotech Company to Make Anti-Ebola Drug

February 26, 2015 8:57 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A Quebec City biotech company has been awarded a contract to make a ZMapp-like product to fight Ebola.  The U.S. government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority issued a contract to make monoclonal Ebola antibodies to Medicago.

WHO Urges Europeans to Step Up Measles Vaccinations

February 26, 2015 8:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization is urging Europe to step up measles vaccination efforts as...

Retired Doctor Discusses Experience With Measles

February 23, 2015 4:26 pm | by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Dr. Frank Jagdis knows measles. As a medical student in the pre-vaccination 1960s and later as a...

North Korea Bans Foreigners from Marathon Over Ebola Concerns

February 23, 2015 3:19 pm | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

Further restricting travel to the already isolated country, North Korea barred foreigners from...

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BC Pros Should be Aware of Emerging Issues

February 18, 2015 3:41 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference will feature several presentations from companies representing various industries that will focus on emerging issues.  Presenters will cover a wide range of topics that many BC pros will likely be faced with soon if they haven’t been working on them already.

Washington State Re-Considering Vaccine Exemptions

February 18, 2015 1:48 pm | by Rachel La Corte, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Personal or philosophical opposition to vaccines would not be an authorized exemption for the parents of school-age children under a measure that received a public hearing before a House committee, drawing at least two dozen opponents to the proposed change.

School Officials are Not Required to Be Vaccinated in Some States

February 17, 2015 11:30 am | by Christine Armario, Associated Press | News | Comments

 While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.

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AIDS Now Second Leading Cause for Adolescent Deaths Globally

February 17, 2015 11:03 am | by Tom Odula, Associated Press | News | Comments

AIDS has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally, global health agencies said.  About 120,000 people aged between 10-19 years died of AIDs-related illnesses in 2013.

As U.S. Military Prepares to Leave, Liberia's President Vows to Have Zero Ebola Cases

February 12, 2015 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberia's president vowed  that the country would get to zero Ebola cases soon as the U.S. military announced it will be withdrawing most of its troops who have spent the last several months helping to battle the disease.  Only 100 U.S. troops will remain in West Africa after April 30, down from 2,800 initially deployed. 

Two More Infants Have Measles. Bringing Illinois' Total Cases to Ten

February 12, 2015 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Health officials say two more infants from a suburban Chicago day care have measles, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois to 10.  Chicago and Cook County health officials said  that nine of the 10 cases are associated with a KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine

Measles Outbreak Still a Major Concern for Public Health Officials

February 5, 2015 10:41 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Disneyland outbreak has already spread well beyond the theme parks that attract tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe, who could then return home with the virus. Disease investigators for weeks raced to identify measles-stricken patients, track down potential contacts and quarantine them if necessary.

Testing for Ebola Drug Stopped as Cases Decline

February 5, 2015 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Doctors Without Borders says that human testing on a potential Ebola drug is being stopped because there aren't enough patients because of a decline in Ebola cases.  The drop-off in Ebola infections is good news for Liberia, but it means there are not enough sick people to take part in the study.

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Human Testing of Potential Ebola Vaccine Begins in Liberia

February 3, 2015 11:32 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Large-scale human testing of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia's capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa.  There is currently no licensed treatment for Ebola, a ghastly virus that has killed at least 60 percent of even its hospitalized victims.

World Health Organization Eyes Reform After Slow Ebola Response

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.  WHO's chief, Dr. Margaret Chan, acknowledged Sunday that WHO was too slow to grasp the significance of the Ebola outbreak, which is estimated to have killed more than 8,600 people.

Be Prepared for Outbreaks of All Sizes

January 22, 2015 10:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those fighting Ebola need to stay on their toes and continue to battle the virus until the outbreak is over, just as business continuity professionals must do with any crisis. Most business continuity professionals have not and will not ever be directly affected by Ebola, but it is a good lens through which to examine their programs.

Measles Outbreak at Disneyland Infects 70

January 22, 2015 10:39 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Seventy people have been infected in a measles outbreak that led California public health officials to urge those who haven't been vaccinated against the disease, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disney parks where the spread originated. 

Ebola Fight Not Over Yet, U.N. Mission Chief Cautions

January 21, 2015 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Close to 1,000 new cases of Ebola were recorded in the last three weeks despite progress in combatting the deadly disease and "the fight is far from won," the U.N. mIssion chief in West Africa said.  Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed told the U.N. General Assembly that "Ebola continues to be a global threat."

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Dutch Navy Finds Three Stowaways After Delivering Ebola Aid

January 20, 2015 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dutch navy says it has discovered three stowaways on board a ship that delivered aid to Ebola-hit nations in West Africa.  According to the navy, the men were immediately given medical checks and showed no symptoms of Ebola or any other acute illness.

Koroma Predicts Sierra Leone Will be 'Ebola Free' by May

January 16, 2015 10:41 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Even as his country registered 19 new Ebola cases over a 24-hour period, Sierra Leone's president is predicting there will be zero new confirmed cases by the end of March.  President Ernest Bai Koroma also predicted that his West African country  would be Ebola-free by World Health Organization standards by May. 

Bridal Shop Visited by Ebola Survivor to Close its Doors

January 9, 2015 9:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Operators of a northeast Ohio bridal shop linked to an Ebola survivor say the store is closing because it lost significant business and has been stigmatized.  Dallas nurse Amber Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola days after visiting Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal store in Akron in October.

Health Care Worker Being Monitored for Ebola at Nebraska Hospital

January 6, 2015 8:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An American health care worker who experienced high-risk exposure to the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone arrived at a Nebraska hospital for observation.  The patient has been transported to Nebraska Medical Center, which has a specialized biocontainment unit.

Ebola Causing Difficulty for Nations Also Battling Malaria

December 30, 2014 11:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

West Africa's fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus.  In Gueckedou, near the village where Ebola first started killing people in Guinea's tropical southern forests a year ago, doctors say they have had to stop pricking fingers to do blood tests for Malaria.

New Ebola Cases in Liberia a Major Setback

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

 Dozens of new Ebola cases have erupted in Liberia, near the border with Sierra Leone, Liberian health officials warned , marking a setback amid recent improvements.  The flare-up is due to a number of factors including people going in and out of Liberia and traditional practices such as the washing of bodies, said Liberia's Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah.

Ebola Survival Rate up in Hard-Hit Area of Sierra Leone

December 26, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One year into the world's worst Ebola outbreak, doctors are reporting an encouraging sign: About 70 percent of patients in a hard-hit area of Sierra Leone now survive.  The Ebola death rate has fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus.

Despite Some Success, 2014 a Rough Year for Public Health

December 23, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named Ebola fighters the persons of the year. Nevertheless, this was a black-eye year for public health.  Some vital vaccines did not work well. Federal laboratories were careless with dangerous pathogens. And international health officials failed to stop a West Africa outbreak from exploding into the worst Ebola epidemic ever.

Army Virologist Found Traces of Ebola in West Africa Long Before Outbreak

December 19, 2014 8:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Army virologist using diagnostic tools found traces of Ebola virus in patient samples in West Africa -- a region thought to be untouched by the disease -- seven years before the largest, deadliest Ebola outbreak took the world by surprise in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. 

Senatorial Elections in Liberia Postponed Due to Ebola

December 15, 2014 3:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Officials in Ebola-stricken Liberia have postponed senatorial elections elections until the end of the week, while some urged calling off the vote for fear the results would not be credible.  Ebola has killed nearly 3,200 people this year in Liberia, and many question whether elections can be held at all under such circumstances.

Nurse Exposed to Ebola Being Monitored For Virus

December 11, 2014 4:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone is being admitted to the National Institutes of Health near Washington, D.C.  The NIH says in a statement that the nurse was expected to be admitted to the Bethesda, Maryland, facility on Thursday. 

Sierra Leone's President Urges Traditional Leaders to Stop Unsafe Burials

December 11, 2014 3:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's president implored the country's traditional leaders  to stop cultural practices that have been blamed for spreading Ebola, like burials that involve touching corpses.  Officials have said up to 70 percent of new infections in Sierra Leone are linked to unsafe burials. The bodies of people who have died from Ebola are highly contagious and must be handled carefully.

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