Public Health

Mapping The World’s Ebola Outbreaks

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Bloomberg In March, Ebola was reported in Guinea and neighboring Liberia, killing 93 people out of 151 suspected cases in the worst outbreak in seven years. While previous epidemics have affected larger populations, what’s unusual this time is how the disease has spread. Originating in small towns in southeast Guinea, the virus traveled 660 kilometers…

West Africa Ebola Outbreak Spreading Fast

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Between March 22-24, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following Flash messages to subscriber mobile devices: 3/24 Canadian health auth rpt possible Ebola case in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Individual fell ill after plane travel from Liberia, West Africa. Monitoring. 3/24 US embassies in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea warning AMCITS of deadly Ebola outbreak. Avoid contact w indiv…

CDC Issues More Warnings on H1N1

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On December 30th, 2013, AlertsUSA issued the following Flash message to subscriber mobile devices: CDC warns H1N1 Swine Flu now widespread in 10 states. 23 other states reporting regional outbreaks. Also warns children 6 mo thru 8 yo may need 2nd [vaccine] dose. AlertsUSA subscribers have been notified twice in the last two weeks via…

CDC: H1N1 Swine Flu Picking Up Steam Nationwide

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From Nov through Dec 2013, CDC receivednumerous reports of severe respiratory illness among young and middle-aged adults. Many were infected with influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 (pH1N1) virus. Multiple pH1N1-associated hospitalizations, including many requiring intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and some fatalities have been reported. The pH1N1 virus that emerged in 2009 caused more illness in…

Guangdong on High Alert Against H7N9

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Health authorities in south China’s Guangdong Province are on high alert against H7N9 bird flu after six human cases were confirmed this week. Guangdong has launched an emergency monitoring plan and announced 130 designated hospitals. “Guangdong faces a high risk of sporadic human H7N9 infections. But the risk of an epidemic is very low. We’re…