Call for Urgent Action by 275 World Leaders on Global Education Emergency In Face of Covid19
Credit: UNICEF Mali / DickoBy External SourceNEW YORK, Aug 18 2020 (IPS) We write to call for urgent action to address the global education emergency triggered by COVID-19. With over 1 billion children still out of school because of the lockdown, there is now a real and present danger that the public health crisis will create a COVID generation who lose out on schooling and whose opportunities are permanently damaged. While the more fortunate have had access to alternatives, the world’s poorest children have been locked out of learning, denied internet access, and with the loss of free school meals – once a lif...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Economy & Trade Education Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Source Type: news

Equatorial Guinea: GITGE Doubles Down On Price and Capacity During Covid-19 - Will Roll-Out More FTTH Based On Pilot Results
[Balancing Act] London -- Spanish-speaking Equatorial Guinea is one of the most under-reported telecoms markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. To right the balance a little this week we're running a translation of an interview in CIO Magazine with Dr Oscar Ondo Ngomo Nchama, D-G of the public sector telco GITGE. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 2, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

129 Vietnam virus patients repatriated; local spread widens
A plane carrying 129 Vietnamese citizens diagnosed with COVID-19 has arrived in their homeland from Equatorial Guinea (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Equatorial Guinea: WHO Representative Is Asked to Leave Country
[WHO] Brazzaville -The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Equatorial Guinea has informed the WHO Regional Office for Africa that its country head of office, Dr Triphonie Nkurunziza must leave Malabo as soon as possible. WHO finds the decision regrettable. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 5, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The lengths parents go to: World's largest frogs protect their young by building their own "nursery ponds"
(Natural News) The goliath bullfrog (Conraua goliath) is the largest living species of frog on Earth. They can grow to more than 13 inches long and usually weigh up to seven pounds. These giant frogs are native only to the two Central African states of Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon. Scientists now believe that the secret behind their... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exxon Equatorial Guinea offshore workers test positive for coronavirus -sources
Thirty workers at an ExxonMobil-operated offshore oil platform in Equatorial Guinea have tested positive for the new coronavirus, two sources close to the ministry told Reuters. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Africa: UNFPA West and Central Africa Regional Planning Meeting to hold in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
[UNFPA in WCA] To focus on Nairobi summit on ICPD25 commitments in the region (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Has coronavirus reached AFRICA? Sudan reports two suspected cases
Two citizens of Sudan are being monitored after displaying symptoms of the virus following a visit to Wuhan, local reports say. Officials in Equatorial Guinea have quarantined four travellers from China. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global Health: Widespread Testing Begins on Malaria Vaccine That Is Only Partly Effective
Despite the vaccine ’ s drawbacks, the W.H.O. endorsed testing on 360,000 children, in an effort to lower death rates in Africa. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Malaria Mosquitoes Clinical Trials GlaxoSmithKline PLC Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Sanaria Inc World Health Organization Unitaid Africa Equatorial Guinea Source Type: news

New research: High risk of malaria transmission after blood transfusions in sub-Saharan Africa
(Burness) A new study suggests that in high transmission areas of sub-Saharan Africa, nearly one in four blood bank supplies contain the parasites that cause malaria. Additional research, focusing on the blood supply of Equatorial Guinea's capital, Malabo, found slightly higher levels of latent malaria infection, most of it -- more than 89 percent -- at a level that commonly used diagnostic technology cannot detect. Both studies were presented at the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan African Malaria Conference in Dakar, Senegal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Methanol from African Plants Kills Mesothelioma Cells
This study provides evidences of the cytotoxicity of the tested plant extract and highlights the good activity of Elephantopus mollis and Kalanchoe crenata,” Kuete wrote. “They deserve more exploration to develop novel cytotoxic drugs.” The post Methanol from African Plants Kills Mesothelioma Cells appeared first on Mesothelioma Center - Vital Services for Cancer Patients & Families. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 2, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: African medicinal plants African whitewood apoptosis mesothelioma BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine breast cancer Cameroon cancer chemotherapy colon cancer cytotoxicity against mesothelioma cells doxorubicin Dr. Victor Kuete Source Type: news

Niger: Energy Firm Renews Resolve to Eliminate Malaria
[CAJ News] Lagos -EXXON Mobil, the international oil and gas company, has renewed its support for local and global organisations working to end malaria around the world. The company works with partners across Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Tanzania to raise awareness and advocate for solutions to fight the disease. Planned activities and public events include voluntary testing and counseling sessions, mosquito net distribution, community clean-up campaigns, school engagements, and p (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Anti-Malaria Drug Resistant Parasite Invades Continent
[Financial Gazette] A MALARIA strain that is partially resistant to the anti-malaria drug, artemisinin has been detected in a Chinese patient, who had travelled from Equatorial Guinea to China. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 16, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Cameroon: Bushmeat Trade Tests Ebola Prevention
[Al Jazeera] Ebolowa -The market in Ambam, a colonial town with brick-red cottages and rusty roofs, near the southern borders with Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, is a cluster of booth-sized shops and stalls. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Bobby: the gorilla on the wrong side of the law
The western lowland gorilla was smuggled from Africa to Italy in the 1980s. As taxidermy, he is part of a new exhibition at the National Museum of ScotlandName: BobbySpecies: Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)Dates: 1983-2008Claim to fame: Much-loved zoo animalWhere now:National Museum of ScotlandIn 1994, magistrates from the Italian province of Ancona found the manager of a local circus guilty of importing a gorilla into the country. Bobby (variously also known as Bongo, Bongo III and Bongo Junior) had been captured as a baby in Equatorial Guinea more than a decade earlier and is thought to have been brough...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 28, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Henry Nicholls Tags: Science Zoology Biology Natural History Museum Museums Culture Conservation Environment Wildlife Evolution Source Type: news

Cameroon: Poultry Ban Hurting Farmers
[Deutsche Welle] Gabon and Equatorial Guinea have imposed ban on table birds from Cameroon due to the resurgence of the avian influenza virus. Poultry farmers say the ban has hugely affected their business. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 2, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Equatorial Guinea: Building the Capacities for Guinea's SRs Will Be Challenging
[GFO] The lack of capacity of sub-recipients is a long-standing problem in Guinea. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 28, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Where commerce and conservation clash: Bushmeat trade grows with economy in 13-year study
(Drexel University) Comprehensive results of 13 years of one of the longest continuously running studies of commercial hunting activity have been published in the journal PLOS ONE. The researchers recorded more than 197,000 animal carcasses for sale and analyzed market patterns in relation to political, economic and legal factors in the country of Equatorial Guinea in central Africa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 3, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Africa: Kaleidoscope of the International Conference On Africa's Fight Against Ebola, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
[Sierra Leone Government] The recently concluded International Conference on Africa's fight against Ebola held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea focuses on Africa helping Africans in the Ebola Recovery and Reconstruction and attracted AU Foreign Affairs Ministers, Ministers of Health, Heads of States. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 31, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: President Mugabe Returns
[The Herald] President Mugabe returned home early this morning from Equatorial Guinea where he chaired an International Conference on Africa's fight against Ebola. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 22, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Western Sahara: Health Minister Meets African Counterparts At Malabo Ebola Conference
[SPS] Malabo -The Minister of Public Health Mr. Mohamed Lamine Daddi, who represented the President of the Republic Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz at the International Conference on Africa's Fight Against Ebola held in Equatorial Guinea on July 20-21, has meet with various African counterparts, heads of delegations and prestigious personalities attending the event. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 22, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: Ebola Countries Attend Confab On Africa's Fight Against Ebola
[New Dawn] Ministers and high level officials from countries most affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have attended the International Conference on Africa's Fight Against Ebola held from July 20-21, 2015 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 22, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Egypt: Health Minister - Ebola Conference to Discuss Assisting Plagued Countries
[Egypt Online] Health Minister Adel Adawy said on Monday 20/7/2015 the international conference on Ebola in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, will discuss means to assist countries plagued with the Ebola virus to prevent its spread. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 21, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Egypt: Mahlab Attends Ebola Conference in Equatorial Guinea
[Egypt Online] Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab arrived on Monday 20/7/2015 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to take part in an international conference on Ebola, which will open on Tuesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 21, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Buhari to Address AU Ebola Conference
[Daily Trust] President Muhammadu Buhari is to address a gathering of heads of state at an international conference on Africa's fight against Ebola in Equatorial Guinea next week. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 17, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Equatorial Guinea: Five Minutes With Dr. Facinet Yattara - 'In Boke, Reticence Led to an Uprising'
[Ebola Deeply] The Guinean district of Boke, home to the world's largest bauxite deposits and to a key mine, is critical to the country's economy. Last month, mining operations were overshadowed by violence when youths staged an uprising, angry at government efforts to remove a suspected Ebola patient from her home. Dr. Facinet Yattara, regional coordinator from the National Ebola Response Center, spoke with Ebola Deeply. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 23, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Statement on the 4th IHR Emergency Committee meeting regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus
The fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 - 15 was convened via teleconference by the Director-General on 17 February 2015. The following IHR States Parties submitted an update on the implementation of the Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 13 November 2014: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Pakistan and the Syrian Arab Republic. The Committee noted that the international spread of wild poliovirus has continued with one new exportation from Pakistan into neighbouring Afghanistan docume...
Source: WHO news - February 27, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: poliomyelitis [subject], polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis, Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

Africa: AU Hails Successful Ebola-Free Afcon 2015, Congratulates Hosts, CAF & Elephants
[CAF]The African Union has commended CAF, Equatorial Guinea and President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo for hosting a successful AFCON with Chairperson Dr. Nkhosazana Dlamini Zuma hailing its staging as a demonstration of African unity and solidarity in defeating Ebola. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 9, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: CAF President Issa Hayatou Receives UNAIDS Recognition for Commitment to "Protect the Goal" Campaign
[CAF]Bata, Equatorial Guinea, 7 February 2015 - The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Issa Hayatou has been honoured with the prestigious 2015 Certificate of Achievement by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on the occasion of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Equatorial Guinea. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 9, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Morocco: Morocco Fined, Banned From Two Afcon Tournaments
[CAF]The CAF Executive Committee, meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on the side lines of the 30th edition of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations took action on the refusal of Morocco to host this competition as scheduled and agreed i.e. from 17 January to 8 February 2015. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 7, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Fighting Hunger From the Pitch
[IPS]Yaounde -A video ad is being screened before every match at the Africa Cup of Nations currently under way in Equatorial Guinea. Part of African Football Against Hunger, a joint initiative by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), it shows a player dribbling a football, taking a shot and scoring - the winning kick is a metaphor for ending hunger in Africa by 2025. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 2, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Drama Looms At Africa Cup of Nations
[allAfrica]With the final round of pool matches under way, one of the major features of the African Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea has been the inability of teams to hold onto a lead. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - January 26, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Equatorial Guinea: Nation Shows Ebola the Red Card
[Deutsche Welle]Morocco was too scared of Ebola. Equatorial Guinea seized the opportunity and offered to host the Africa Cup of Nations in its place. Authorities in Malabo are confident that they can keep the virus at bay. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Ebola Virus Tests for All Nations Cup Players
[Independent (Lagos)]The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has insisted that all players taking part in the 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea must undergo the Ebola virus test. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 15, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Equatorial Guinea: Ebola Drug Trial Begins in Guinea
[MSF]A clinical trial for a possible treatment for Ebola started in Guinea on the 17th of December. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 26, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

U.N. Concerned Over Ebola Backlash
Anthony Banbury, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), visits a safe burial site for Ebola victims in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: UN Photo/Ari GaitanisBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 2014 (IPS)The United Nations, which is working on an emergency footing to battle the outbreak of Ebola, is worried about the potential for further isolation of the hardest-hit nations in West Africa.“It’s a psychological fear,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told IPS. “And there has been a chain reaction.”He cautioned there should ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 17, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Africa Cup of Nations ebola Guinea Liberia Source Type: news

Africa: Equatorial Guinea to Host Nations Cup
[Independent (Lagos)]The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named Equatorial Guinea as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, replacing Morocco that pulled out as host last Saturday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WHO statement on the third meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus
The third meeting of the Emergency Committee under the IHR (2005) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 was convened by the Director-General through electronic correspondence from 2 through 7 November 2014.1 The following IHR States Parties submitted an update on the implementation of the Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 31 July 2014: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Pakistan and the Syrian Arab Republic. The Committee noted that the international spread of wild poliovirus has continued since 31 July 2014, with at least 3 new exportations from Pakistan into neighbouring Afghanis...
Source: WHO news - November 14, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: immunization [subject], vaccination, international health regulations [subject], ihr, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Pakistan [country], Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

West Africa: Equatorial Guinea Resumes Flights to West Africa
[Cameroon Tribune]President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea during a press conference in the capital, Malabo on Monday, September 15, 2014 announced that flights from the country's national airline companies will resume soon to West Africa, local press reported. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Poliovirus in Cameroon – update
In Cameroon, 2 new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported from the East Region, with onset of paralysis on 26 June 2014 and 9 July 2014. Genetic sequencing of these latest isolated viruses confirms continued wild poliovirus circulation, gaps in surveillance resulting in undetected transmission and geographic expansion to new areas of the country. The outbreak in Cameroon has been ongoing since at least October 2013. The outbreak continued into 2014, with international spread to Equatorial Guinea. In March 2014, WHO elevated the risk assessment of international spread of polio from Cameroon to very high, due to ...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 6, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: poliomyelitis [subject], polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis, African Region [region], Cameroon [country], Disease outbreak news [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee concerning the international spread of wild poliovirus
On 5 May 2014 the Director-General declared the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the International Health Regulations [IHR 2005], issued Temporary Recommendations to reduce the international spread of wild poliovirus, and requested a reassessment of this situation by the Emergency Committee in 3 months. The 2nd meeting of the Emergency Committee was held by teleconference on Thursday 31 July 2014 from 13:00 to 17:15 Geneva time (CET) 1. The affected States Parties that met the criteria for ‘States currently exporting wild poliovirus&rsquo...
Source: WHO news - August 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: vaccination, ihr, polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis, Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

The Battle to Eradicate Polio in Pakistan
Epidemiology can be all about geography—and that’s especially true when it comes to polio. If you live in the U.S., where polio was eradicated in 1979, the specter of the disease has faded almost entirely, though pockets of infections can occur among the unvaccinated. In Pakistan, however, things are moving in precisely the opposite direction, and have been for a while now. MorePolio Virus Discovered in Brazilian SewageWhy Polio is Doomed and Gun Violence Isn’tMoney Over Medical: Why We Don't Yet Have an Ebola Vaccine NBC NewsAnd You Thought Your Beach Was Crowded NBC NewsAmericans' Views of Muslims Have ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - July 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized North Waziristan Pakistan polio Rotary International Taliban vaccinations Source Type: news

Update on polio in Equatorial Guinea
As of 16 July 2014, Equatorial Guinea has reported a total of 5 wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases, with onset of paralysis between 28 January 2014 (first case) and 3 May 2014 (most recent case). Genetic sequencing indicated that the cases are linked to the ongoing outbreak in Cameroon. A national emergency action plan to respond to the polio outbreak was developed by the Ministry of Health and polio partner agencies and is being implemented. Three nationwide campaigns with bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV) have already been conducted in the country - two campaigns targeting children under 15 years old in April 2014 and...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 17, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: ihr, polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis, vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, African Region [region], Disease outbreak news [doctype], Equatorial Guinea [country] Source Type: news

Africa: SADR Supports Lesotho Initiative On Nutrition in Africa
[SPS]Malabo -President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz attended this morning a meeting called for by the Kingdom of Lesotho, in the margin of the 23rd summit of heads of state and government of the African Union, underway in Equatorial Guinea. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 27, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UN resolved to help Equatorial Guinea build better future, Ban says in Malabo
The United Nations will help Equatorial Guinea to reduce poverty and inequality, and promote food security, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged today as he arrived in the country on the eve of his address to the African Union Summit. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 26, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Update on polio in central Africa
On 17 March 2014, WHO elevated the risk assessment of international spread of polio from central Africa, particularly Cameroon, to very high. A new exportation event from Equatorial Guinea demonstrates that the risk of international spread from central Africa remains very high (http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_03_17_polio/en/). On 18 June 2014, Brazil reported that wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) had been detected in a sewage sample collected in March 2014 at Viracopos International Airport in Sao Paolo state. Genetic sequencing indicates that this virus is most closely related to the virus that is circulating in Equatorial G...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 25, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: infectious diseases, polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis, African Region [region], Cameroon [country], Disease outbreak news [doctype] Source Type: news

Detection of poliovirus in sewage, Brazil
On 18 June 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for Brazil reported the isolation of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) from sewage samples collected in March 2014 at Viracopos International Airport, in Campinas municipality in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Virus has been detected in the sewage only; sewage samples collected from the same site subsequent to the detection of WPV1 have been either negative or only positive for Sabin strains or non-polio enteroviruses; to date no case of paralytic polio has been reported. The isolate was detected through routine environmental surveillance testing of sewage water; there is n...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 23, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: vaccination, native people, indigenous people, polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis, travel and health, air travel, Brazil [country], Disease outbreak news [doctype], Region of the Americas [region] Source Type: news

Nearly One-Third of World’s Population Is Overweight
Schools around the world, like this one in Melilla, Uruguay, are trying to introduce healthy eating habits to bring down rates of obesity and overweight. Credit: Victoria Rodríguez/IPSBy Farangis AbdurazokzodaWASHINGTON , May 31 2014 (IPS) Over two billion people – or 30 percent of the world’s population – are either obese or overweight, and no country has successfully reduced obesity rates to date, according to a new study published this week by the British medical journal, The Lancet. The number of overweight and obese people increased from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013, according to...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 31, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Farangis Abdurazokzoda Tags: Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Population Poverty & MDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations World Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Body Mass Index Michelle Obama obesity Overweight The Source Type: news

Nigeria: Photo Awareness Campaign Helps Fight Polio
[This Day]It will be recalled that on May 5, the World Health Organisation (WHO), declared the international spread of polio a public health emergency. In Africa, Nigeria is the only remaining polio endemic country from where the virus spreads and threatens children in other countries. This year, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon reported three polio cases each, and Ethiopia, one to date. This WHO declaration underscores the urgent need to eradicate the disease; and yet, younger generations in developed countries have (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - May 29, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Anti-Vaxxers Simply Won’t Quit
It’s never easy to say oops. You know it if you’ve ever said something nasty during an argument and found it hard to apologize later. You know it if you’ve ever caused a fender bender on the road and been unable to say “my bad.” And you know it if you’ve ever failed to inoculate your baby against a range of disabling and deadly diseases that can be easily and harmlessly prevented with vaccines, in effect failing to perform the most basic job of parenthood, which is to keep your children safe. MoreMeasles Outbreaks Have Hit 13 States This Year, CDC Says‘Are Your Children Vaccinated?...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - May 5, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anti-vaccinators extremists measles mumps Parents polio vaccines WHO whooping cough Source Type: news