Epidemic and pandemic-prone diseases

Recent imported case of MERS with travel history to Kuwait proves it is still a global threat

A joint team from WHO and Kuwait’s Ministry of Health speak with the physician who treated the Korean MERS patient. (Photo: WHO) Recent imported case of MERS with travel history to Kuwait proves it is still a global threat

In a globalized world, infectious disease outbreaks can travel between countries within hours, potentially becoming a concern for the entire world. When a 61-year old Korean man was diagnosed with the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in the Republic of Korea (RoK) on September 9, after returning from a trip to Kuwait, this was exactly the scenario that many people feared. The recent memory of 186 cases and 36 deaths that occurred in the Republic of Korea’s 2015 outbreak further added to this fear.

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New EWARN Handbook to enhance quality of epidemiological surveillance in humanitarian emergencies

Influenza experts from WHO and Libya’s Ministry of Health review a laboratory.New EWARN Handbook to enhance quality of epidemiological surveillance in humanitarian emergencies

27 September 2018 - From 17 to 20 September, 30 health professionals from 7 countries met in Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss and improve data collection, analysis and reporting for Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN) in humanitarian emergencies.  EWARN, an early warning surveillance system for humanitarian emergencies, has played a critical role in countries like Somalia and Yemen, by improving early detection and effective monitoring of cholera and diphtheria outbreaks. Each of the 7 represented countries in the workshop has implemented the EWARN system in humanitarian crisis affected settings.

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Mission accomplished: an incident- and outbreak-free Hajj

Influenza experts from WHO and Libya’s Ministry of Health review a laboratory.Mission accomplished: an incident- and outbreak-free Hajj

26 August 2018 - Last week, a total of 2.7 million muslim pilgrims passed through Saudi Arabia on the annual Hajj, one of the largest mass gatherings in the world and a key pillar of Islam. Thanks to the hard work by the Saudi Ministry of Health and the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), the 2018 Hajj passed without major incidents or outbreaks of infectious diseases.

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The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework or ‘PIP Framework’ is an innovative public health instrument that seeks to better prepare the world to respond to pandemic influenza.

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