Dr Doussou Touré arrives for work at Coléah Medical Centre. She washes her hands from a bucket set up in front of the building, proceeds to a screening area where her temperature is checked and recorded and only then enters the bustling facility that she supervises.
“Ebola is under control now, but we try to keep up the infection prevention and control systems that were put in place during the outbreak,” Dr Touré says, pointing to several sturdy, brightly-coloured bins, each one designated for the disposal of varying waste matter.
Le sida sera-t-il éradiqué d’ici 2030? L’ONU a réaffirmé en juillet cet objectif, alors que le nombre d’infections a enregistré une baisse de 35% depuis 2000. "Nous allons vers une génération sans sida", s'est réjoui le 14 juillet le secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, lors d'une visite dans la capitale ethiopienne, Addis-Abeba.
On 4 November 2014, WHO was notified by the Ministry of Health of Madagascar of an outbreak of plague. The first case, a male from Soamahatamana village in the district of Tsiroanomandidy, was identified on 31 August. The patient died on 3 September.
As of 16 November, a total of 119 cases of plague have been confirmed, including 40 deaths. Only 2% of reported cases are of the pneumonic form.
Infectious diseases can break out suddenly, almost anywhere in the world, and with devastating impact.
The past week has seen Ebola infecting key medical staff in Sierra Leone, a deadly Middle East virus become airborne and a whole city in China put on lock-down for fear of bubonic plague.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), a UN body that exists to protect and advise the international community about threats such as these, raised concerns in May about the "striking changes in the communicable disease situation".
When he opened the box, André Berro was wearing surgical gloves, mask, and eye protection—routine protocol for a CDC quarantine public health officer, but this was not a routine package. A U.S. Customs scan of the airmail package that arrived at the San Francisco airport from the Philippines showed an outline of what looked like several human skulls.
July 25, 2013--During a routine check of a national forest in California, a squirrel was found to be infected with plauge. This prompted officials to shut down the Angeles National Forest until further testing could be conducted. Agricultural workers will dust squirrel burrows to reduce the flea population. Read more here.