Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Declared a Global Health Emergency

Rebecca Katz, director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University, said in a statement: “Almost all international legal and policy experts agree that the conditions for declaring a public health emergency of international concern were met long ago, so we are delighted to see that the emergency committee and the…

Measles outbreak: Loddon head teacher makes immunisation plea

Image copyright Google Image caption Three students at Hobart High School have contracted measles A head teacher has written to parents to remind them to make sure their children are immunised after a measles outbreak at his school. Jim Adams wrote to parents after three cases were confirmed at Hobart High School, Loddon, Norfolk. “Measles…

Essex strep A outbreak death toll rises to 13

Image copyright BSIP/Getty Images Image caption The Essex outbreak of Group A streptococcal (iGAS) infection began in Braintree Thirteen people have now died in an outbreak of Group A streptococcal infection, health bosses said. Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) confirmed a patient died from sepsis earlier this year and was not included in the…

Twelve died in Essex Strep A outbreak

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most people affected are “elderly and had been receiving care for chronic wounds” Twelve people died during an outbreak of a rare contagious bacterial strain, it has emerged. A total of 32 people have been infected across Essex with the invasive Group A streptococcal (iGAS) infection. The outbreak began…

Listeria outbreak: Derbyshire man named as victim

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Five people have died after nine cases linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads eaten by patients were confirmed A cancer patient whose death has been linked to the listeria outbreak has been named. Ian Hitchcock, 52, was being treated at Derby’s Royal Hospital after being diagnosed with liver cancer…

Listeria outbreak: More affected hospitals named

Image copyright Getty Images Eight hospitals in seven NHS Trusts have reported cases of listeria linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads eaten by patients, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed. The list includes Leicester Royal Infirmary and two hospitals in Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, along with hospitals in Derby, Liverpool, Manchester and Wexham. Nine…

Listeria outbreak: Health secretary orders NHS food review

Image copyright PA Image caption Matt Hancock says he is “incredibly concerned” by the outbreak A “root and branch” review of hospital food has been ordered by the health secretary after two more patient deaths were linked to an outbreak of listeria. Public Health England (PHE) confirmed on Friday the total number of deaths related…

For the Third Time, W.H.O. Declines to Declare the Ebola Outbreak an Emergency

For the third time, the World Health Organization declined on Friday to declare the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a public health emergency, though the outbreak spread this week into neighboring Uganda and ranks as the second deadliest in history. An expert panel advising the W.H.O. advised against it because the risk…

Deadly Ebola outbreak ‘not global threat’

Image copyright Getty Images The World Health Organization has decided not to declare a global emergency over the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The WHO said Ebola was “very much an emergency” in the region, but it did not pose a global threat. However, it was damning of countries for giving less…

Two more hospital patients die in sandwich listeria outbreak

Image copyright Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Image caption Two deaths occurred at Manchester Royal Infirmary Two more hospital patients have died in an outbreak of listeria linked to pre-packed sandwiches. Public Health England (PHE) said the victims were among nine patients affected in England. The death of two of patients from Manchester Royal Infirmary…