Pan-filovirus T-cell vaccine protects mice from Ebola and Marburg
(PLOS) Vaccines that induce protective T-cell responses could protect against members across the filovirus family, according to a study published Feb. 28 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Tom á š Hanke of the University of Oxford, Bette Korber of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and colleagues (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 28, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Pregnant Women Exposed to Ebola Should Get Vaccine - WHO
[VOA] An independent advisory body convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends pregnant women and breastfeeding women in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo be vaccinated against the deadly Ebola virus. Latest WHO figures put the number of Ebola cases in the DRC at 853, including 521 deaths since the beginning of the outbreak in August. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 25, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ebola vaccine now for pregnant, nursing women, UN health agency announces
In a reverse decision, the World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends vaccinating pregnant and breastfeeding women against the Ebola virus. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pregnant, nursing women can now be given Ebola vaccine, UN health agency announces
Reversing an earlier decision, the World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends vaccinating pregnant and breastfeeding women against the Ebola virus. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

SAGE (Strategic Advisory Group of Experts) Interim Recommendations on Vaccination Against Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 2/20/2019. This three-page document outlines recommendations about vaccination against Ebola virus disease in the context of the outbreak in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Given the continuing high case count and the risk of further spread, members of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) reviewed the epidemiological situation, progression on the development of different candidate Ebola vaccines, and modeling results on the potential impact of different Ebola vaccine delivery strategies. SAGE concluded that the currently recomme...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Doctors admit vaccines are harmful and turn our immune systems against us
(Natural News) The World Health Organization (WHO) recently included vaccine skeptics – people who are hesitant to vaccinate themselves or their children because they are concerned about the potential health risks – on their annual list of “global health threats,” along with serious dangers like superbugs, climate change, the Ebola virus, HIV and air pollution.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: DR Congo's Neighbors Still On Alert For Ebola Virus
[Deutsche Welle] Vaccination campaigns have started in the countries neighboring the DRC, while the Ebola virus continues to spread in the North-eastern regions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: 500 Killed in Ebola Epidemic
[Cameroon Tribune] The Health Ministry says a vaccination campaign saved more than 76,000 lives (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 12, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola Vaccine Is Key in Ongoing Efforts to Contain Outbreak
[The Conversation Africa] Vaccines are recognised as one of the most powerful tools in controlling and preventing infectious diseases. This despite strong anti-vaccination movements around the globe. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 12, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Why Ebola Vaccine On Trial in the DRC Is Raising Hopes
[The Conversation Africa] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has emphasised that an experimental vaccine is playing a major role in controlling the spread of Ebola in the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Without the vaccine, the outbreak has the potential to spiral out of control, considering the country's social and political landscape as well as the sheer ability of the virus to spread. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 11, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Vaccine deep state declares vaccine skepticism to be a "global health threat" so that vaccine truth educators can be labeled "dangerous" to society
(Natural News) According to the World Health Organization’s latest annual list of “global health threats,” anti-vaxxers – people whose fears about the safety of vaccines have made them hesitant to allow their children to be vaccinated – pose as much risk to world health as the Ebola virus, air pollution, climate change, HIV and superbugs,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Sudan: Health Workers Vaccinated Against Ebola
[WHO] Yambio -The Ministry of Health of South Sudan, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners, today started vaccinating health workers and other front-line responders against Ebola as part of preparedness measures to fight the spread of the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 29, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

NIAID-sponsored clinical trial of Ebola vaccines begins at Cincinnati Children's
(Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center) A Phase 1 clinical trial of investigational vaccines intended to protect against Zaire ebolavirus (Ebola) is underway at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in the United States. The study is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Part of an international effort to stop Ebola from spreading, the trial will test two experimental vaccines together for their safety and ability to produce an immune response in healthy volunteer participants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Investigational monoclonal antibody to treat Ebola is safe in adults
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) The investigational Ebola treatment mAb114 is safe, well-tolerated, and easy to administer, according to findings from an early-stage clinical trial published in The Lancet. Eighteen healthy adults received the monoclonal antibody as part of a Phase 1 clinical trial that began in May 2018 at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' Vaccine Research Center developed the investigational treatment and conducted and sponsored the trial. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 24, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Superbugs, Anti-Vaxxers Make WHO ’ s List Of 10 Global Health Threats
(CNN) — From climate change to superbugs, the World Health Organization has laid out 10 big threats to our global health in 2019. And unless these threats get addressed, millions of lives will be in jeopardy. Here’s a snapshot of 10 urgent health issues, according to the United Nations’ public health agency: Not vaccinating when you can One of the most controversial recent health topics in the US is now an international concern. “Vaccine hesitancy — the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines — threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-prevent...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Local TV Source Type: news

Top 10 Threats to Global Health Include Flu, Pollution Top 10 Threats to Global Health Include Flu, Pollution
Other threats on WHO's radar include Ebola and other high-threat pathogens, antimicrobial resistance, vaccine'hesitancy,'weak primary healthcare, and noncommunicable diseases.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - January 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Breakthrough in Fight Against Ebola
[VOA] In northeastern Congo, more than 600 people have fallen ill with the Ebola virus, and at least 368 people have died from the disease. It's been difficult to contain the virus because of conflict in the region, despite medical advances, including a vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 13, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Vaccine for Ebola closer as experimental drug ‘protects against ALL strains of the killer virus’
Scientists at The University of Texas Medical Branch said the drug could continue to protect people even as Ebola evolves. The efficiency could relieve burden on the frontline health care workers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Ebola vaccine effective in trials with primates, ferrets
Scientists have developed a single dose treatment that has shown promise for combating the Ebola virus in tests with nonhuman primates and ferrets, a study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ebola in the DRC: Will New Tx Bring Hope in the New Year?
(MedPage Today) -- Experts discuss how vaccination, experimental tx hope to control the epidemic (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 7, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) Backgrounder: The Ebola Virus
Source: Council on Foreign Relations. Published: 1/7/2019. This resource, updated in January 2019, provides background information about the Ebola virus, where it has occurred, and how it is contained. It discusses how response partners have continued to struggle to control the disease, despite the use of an experimental vaccine, as a new outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2018 grew to become the second largest ever. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
The response by WHO and partners to the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak continues despite disruptions to key services due to security incidents taking place in Beni and Butembo during the recent election on 30 December 2018. In order to ensure the safety of all staff deployed, as a precautionary measure, operations were scaled back for a few hours on election day. All normal operations have been fully restored as of 1 January 2019. After an intensification of field activities in early December, notable improvements can be observed in many areas, notably a decrease in cases in Beni. However, hard-earned progress ...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 4, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Congolese flee to Uganda after vote, raising Ebola fears
Congolese flee to Uganda after vote, raise Ebola fears; WHO asks vaccine supplier to make more (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

As Ebola Threatens Mega-cities, Vaccine Stockpile Needs Grow As Ebola Threatens Mega-cities, Vaccine Stockpile Needs Grow
Doubts are growing about whether the world's emergency stockpile of 300,000 Ebola vaccine doses is enough to control future epidemics as the deadly disease moves out of rural forest areas and into urban mega-cities.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

As Ebola threatens mega-cities, vaccine stockpile needs grow
Doubts are growing about whether the world ’s emergency stockpile of 300,000 Ebola vaccine doses is enough to control future epidemics as the deadly disease moves out of rural forest areas and into urban mega-cities. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

West Africa: Why Ebola Is Proving Hard to Beat in the DR Congo
[The Conversation Africa] Nearly this time exactly two years ago I wrote about the latest positive results showing - for the first time - that a vaccine against one of the world's scariest viruses, Ebola, could work. I was writing after the epidemic that hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from 2013 until 2016. Since then, there have been three more outbreaks of the disease: all in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Top 12 Global Health Moments of 2018
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalDecember 14, 2018A month-by-month guide to the moments that captivated us most throughout the year.As 2018 comes to an end, we ’re looking back on the moments this year that filled us with joy, wonder, sorrow, and fear.These are some of the ones we won ’t forget:January: A mother and daughter assassinated in Pakistan for delivering polio vaccinesThis was the year we were supposed to eradicate polio, according to thePolio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013 –2018. But there were27 new cases of wild poliovirus this year and it remains endemic in Afgh...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Capacity Building for Fistula Treatment and Prevention in Mali (Fistula Mali) Family Planning & Reproductive Health Infectious Diseases Ebola obstetric fistula technology Policy Advocacy Health Workforce Systems Primary Health Care Source Type: news

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is occurring in an unforgiving context. Non-engagement from communities and conflict continue to hamper response activities in some affected areas. Moreover, poor infection prevention and control (IPC) practices across numerous private and public health centers remain a major source of amplification of the outbreak and risk to health and other frontline workers. Despite these challenges, substantial progress has been made on multiple fronts to address the situation, and daily successes are being observed in the implementation of proven public he...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Worries about Ebola outbreak grow, despite use of vaccine
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - December 13, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Cohen, J. Tags: Epidemiology, Medicine, Diseases In Depth Source Type: news

Fears grow over the spread of Ebola as health vaccinations are given in neighbouring countries
More than 2,000 doses have been allocated to frontline workers in South Sudan. The country is 'at very high risk' of the outbreak along with Uganda and Rwanda, according to the WHO. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Sudan health workers to get Ebola shots as Congo outbreak grows
Some 2,000 healthcare and frontline workers in South Sudan are to be offered Ebola vaccines to try to stop any importation of the viral disease from an epidemic in Congo, the World Health Organization said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

South Sudan to begin Ebola vaccinations as 'very high risk'
The WHO says the country is at "very high risk" in the current Ebola outbreak. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

South Sudan: Healthcare and Frontline Workers To Be Vaccinated Against Ebola
[WHO] Juba -The Ministry of Health of the Republic of South Sudan with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), DFID, GAVI vaccine alliance and other partners, is set to vaccinate targeted healthcare and frontline workers operating in high risk states bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against Ebola virus disease (EVD) as part of national preparedness efforts. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Scientists to test tailor-made vaccine tech to fight epidemics
A global coalition set up to fight disease epidemics is investing up to $8.4 million to develop a synthetic vaccine system that could be tailor-made to fight multiple pathogens such as flu, Ebola, Marburg and Rabies. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern
The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of vaccines is big enough to last for the rest of the outbreak. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ebola spreads to major Congo city
The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern
Health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccines are enough. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
Responding to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in north-eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to be a multifaceted challenge. By utilising proven public health measures (contact tracing, engaging communities) as well as new tools at hand (vaccine and therapeutics), WHO remains confident the outbreak can be contained and brought to an end. During the reporting period (28 November – 4 December 2018), 35 new cases were reported from nine health zones in North Kivu and Ituri provinces: Beni (8), Komanda (eight), Katwa (eight), Vuhovi (three), Kalunguta (two), Butembo (two), Mabalako (two),...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Pregnant Women and Vaccines Against Emerging Epidemic Threats: Ethics Guidance for Preparedness, Research, and Response
Source: Wellcome Trust. Published: 9/2018. This 96-page guidance provides a roadmap for the ethically responsible, socially just, and respectful inclusion of the interests of pregnant women in the development and deployment of vaccines against emerging pathogens. It discusses how recent epidemics, including Zika virus, Lassa Fever, Ebola, and H1N1 influenza, have highlighted the ways in which infectious disease outbreaks can severely affect the health interests of pregnant women and their offspring. It specifies 22 concrete recommendations, organized around three key areas: public health preparedness, R&D, and vaccine...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Global Health: Battle Against Ebola in Congo Pits Medical Hope Against Local Chaos
A vaccine and new treatments are on hand, but the outbreak is in an area rife with unpredictable gunfire, bandits and suspicion of outsiders. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Ebola Virus Epidemics Vaccination and Immunization Hypodermic Needles and Syringes World Health Organization Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) Source Type: news

Notes for the Record: Technical Elements to Consider for the Use of Investigational Therapeutics and Investigational Vaccine for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for Frontline Healthcare Workers Potentially Exposed to Ebola Virus in the Current Outbreak
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 11/2018. This eight-page document provides technical notes from a World Health Organization Ad-Hoc Expert Consultation on Clinical Trials for Ebola Therapeutics, held on October 11, 2018. A table details Categories of Risk of Transmission of Ebola Virus Following Potential Exposure, and topics include Data Collection and Clinical Trials, and Other Factors to Consider. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: WHO, Ministry Train Health Workers On Compassionate Use of Ebola Vaccine
[WHO] As the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak escalates in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda is ticking all the boxes to ensure that the country is able to respond effectively should there be a confirmed case of Ebola in the country. As of 13th November 2018, there were 295 confirmed cases with 209 death and still counting. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Ebola Vaccination Kicks Off in Rwenzori Sub-Region
[Monitor] Vaccination of all health workers against the deadly Ebola disease has kicked off in the Rwenzori Sub-region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Safety for Frontline Health Workers Paramount to Ebola Response and Global Health Security
November 09, 2018The threat in DRC may no longer be containable and could become endemic.US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield came to Capitol Hill in Washington Monday with an ominous warning:The current Ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is now so serious that it might not be containable and could become endemic.TheWorld Health Organization (WHO) reports this week that there are now 300 cases of the virus and 186 deaths since the outbreak was declared four months ago. Twenty-seven health workers have been infected and three have died.Key to ending the ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Uganda: Frontline Workers Vaccinated in Bid to Halt Spread of Deadly Ebola
[UN News] The World Health Organization (WHO), and Ugandan Ministry of Health, have begun vaccinating frontline health workers in the country against Ebola, in a bid to stop an outbreak in the neighbouring Democratic of Congo (DRC) from crossing the border. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Frontline workers vaccinated in Uganda over Ebola fears, as top UN officials visit outbreak epicentre in DR Congo
The World Health Organization (WHO), and Ugandan Ministry of Health, have begun vaccinating frontline health workers in the country against Ebola, in a bid to stop an outbreak in the neighbouring Democratic of Congo (DRC) from crossing the border. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Uganda to Vaccinate Health Workers Amid Contagion Fears Along DRC Border
[RFI] Uganda planned to start vaccinating some of its health workers against Ebola on Wednesday, making it in the first country in the world to give the vaccine without experiencing an active outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 7, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Govt to Deploy Ebola Vaccine to Health Workers on DRC Border
[VOA] Uganda will begin administering the experimental Ebola vaccine to approximately 2,000 health care and front-line workers along its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, the Ministry of Health said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Central Africa:Ugandan Govt Starts Ebola Vaccinations
[Monitor] Kampala -Uganda will today, and for the very first time, start vaccination against the deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) as a preventive measure against the disease that has ravaged neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Uganda to Deploy Ebola Vaccine to Border Points
[East African] Uganda has announced that it will deploy an Ebola vaccine even though there is no outbreak of the disease in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news