Dr Margaret Chan on Ebola: ‘Never again should the world be caught by surprise, unprepared’

In a special session of the Executive Board on Ebola, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Margaret Chan gave the following speech concerning the Ebola outbreak in West Africa: Mister chairman, distinguished members of the Executive Board, Excellencies, Ambassadors, colleagues in the UN system, ladies and gentlemen, The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in parts of West Africa is the largest, longest, most severe, and most complex in the…


California promotes mosquito bite awareness as dengue fever, chikungunya grows in Mexico and Latin America

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is urging the public to protect themselves against mosquito bites, after receiving reports of an increase in dengue fever and chikungunya in Mexico and Latin America. Public domain image/National Atlas of the United States As of December 31, 2014 a total of 155 chikungunya cases have been reported from five Mexican states and more than 26,000 confirmed cases reported in the Caribbean and…


Pauline Cafferkey recovers from Ebola: ‘I am just happy to be alive’

Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital with Ebola in December 2014, has been discharged today. Scotland map/CIA Ms Cafferkey has made a complete recovery and is now free of the virus, which she caught while caring for patients with Ebola in Sierra Leone. She praised the staff who cared for her at the Royal Free Hospital and said she was delighted to be…


China reports new H7N9 avian influenza cases in Shanwei and Dongguan

The Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province (GDHFPC) has reported two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9). Influenza A (H7N9) virus/CDC According to the GDHFPC, the male patient aged 62 in Dongguan and the female patient aged 78 in Shanwei were hospitalised for management. The male patient is in critical condition while the female patient in serious condition. To date, 493 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have…


2015 Africa Cup of Nations: Ebola preparedness

Equatorial Guinea, a country just south of Cameroon in West-Central Africa, is hosting the one million people gathered for the 30th Africa Cup of Nations after Morocco refused due to the largest Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in history in West Africa. Soccer ball/flomar (public domain) Much preparation was required to make the sporting event as safe as possible, with efforts from Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Health, FIFA and the World Health Organization…