Ebola Outbreak Spreads to 3rd Province in Eastern Congo

Africa|Ebola Outbreak Spreads to 3rd Province in Eastern CongoImageA motor taxi driver getting his hands washed at an Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, in July.CreditCreditJohn Wessels/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesKINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Congo said on Friday that its yearlong Ebola outbreak had spread to a third province, with two new cases confirmed in the current outbreak, the second-largest in recorded history. Read more »

Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Declared a Global Health Emergency

CreditCreditJohn Wessels/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesThe year-old Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now considered a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, in a formal declaration that many public health experts called long overdue.had considered whether to declare a global health emergency in the Congo outbreak. Read more »

Ebola Outbreak Reaches Major City in Congo, Renewing Calls for Emergency Order

“The identification of the case in Goma could potentially be a game-changer in this epidemic,” said Dr.Tedros said people in the street in Congo have asked him, “‘Are you here to help us, or to prevent this thing from coming to you? Read more »

Measles Outbreak: Cases Reach Highest Level in More Than 25 Years

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that there had been 971 known cases of measles in the United States so far this year.That is eight more cases than in 1992, the previous high since vaccines became widely used, when 963 cases were reported in the United States all year. Read more »

Measles Outbreak Infects 695, Highest Number Since 2000

The vaccine is considered very safe, and two doses are about 97 percent effective at conferring immunity.CreditCreditAlisha Jucevic for The New York TimesThe number of measles cases in the United States has risen to 695, the highest annual number recorded since the disease was declared eliminated in this country in 2000, federal health officials said on Wednesday. Read more »