Jason Beaubien http://wamc.org en To Combat Ebola Outbreak, Health Officials Call For 'Drastic' Action http://wamc.org/post/combat-ebola-outbreak-health-officials-call-drastic-action Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The World Health Organization, today, wrapped up an emergency meeting in West Africa on how to stop the growing Ebola outbreak there. The outbreak is now the largest ever recorded. The group Doctors Without Borders described the situation as out of control, and the World Health Organization is saying there needs to be drastic action to contain it. NPR's Jason Beaubien has been following the Ebola outbreak and monitoring this meeting in Ghana. He joins me now here in the studio. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 94083 at http://wamc.org As Death Count Rises, Health Officials Work To Stem Ebola's Spread http://wamc.org/post/death-count-rises-health-officials-work-stem-ebolas-spread The World Health Organization is reporting that the Ebola virus has yet to be contained in West Africa. It's one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in decades — with over 500 cases, some 330 of which ended in death. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 92910 at http://wamc.org Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm http://wamc.org/post/thriving-towns-east-africa-are-good-news-parasitic-worm People trying to grow food and support their families on the shores of Lake Malawi are not only causing serious environmental problems, they're also causing a surge in a debilitating disease.<p>Thriving towns along the lake are changing the ecosystem in ways that are allowing a parasitic worm to flourish, researchers <a href="http://www.cell.com/trends/parasitology/abstract/S1471-4922(14)00038-5">reported</a> last week in the journal <em>Trends in Parasitology</em>.<p>The intestinal disease, called <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/schistosomiasis/">schistosomiasis</a>, won't kill you, but Wed, 28 May 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 91480 at http://wamc.org Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm CIA Announces Plans To End Fake Vaccination Programs http://wamc.org/post/cia-announces-plans-end-fake-vaccination-programs The White House announced that the CIA will stop using fake vaccination programs to further its spy operations. The decision comes after leaders from U.S. public health schools brought the practice to light. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 20 May 2014 20:37:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 90906 at http://wamc.org How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus http://wamc.org/post/how-us-hospitals-are-planning-stop-deadly-mers-virus In the past month, Middle East respiratory syndrome has morphed from a little-known disease in the Arabian Peninsula to a major global health concern, with more than 300 cases in Saudi Arabia in April, 54 of them fatal.<p>Two cases have been reported in the U.S. as well — one in Indiana and one in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/12/311879323/deadly-mers-virus-detected-in-florida">Florida</a>. Both men had worked in Saudi Arabia hospitals. Wed, 14 May 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 90457 at http://wamc.org How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus Gene Sequencing Could One Day Make Malaria Easier To Treat http://wamc.org/post/new-lab-technique-could-one-day-make-malaria-easier-treat Malaria has proved one of the hardest diseases on the planet to treat. The World Health Organization estimates there are nearly 200 million cases each year, and the parasitic infection is blamed for some 700,000 deaths annually.<p>One reason malaria may be so difficult to treat is that different types of malaria parasites can be streaming through the victim's body at the same time. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 90359 at http://wamc.org Gene Sequencing Could One Day Make Malaria Easier To Treat The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency http://wamc.org/post/comeback-polio-public-health-emergency It is, says the World Health Organization, "an extraordinary event." Polio is spreading to a degree that constitutes a public health emergency.<p>The global drive to wipe out the virus had driven the number of polio cases down from 300,000 in the late 1980s to just 417 cases last year. The World Health Organization has set a goal of wiping out polio by 2018.<p>But this year, polio has been reported in 10 countries, and there are fears the number could rise. Mon, 05 May 2014 22:09:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 89755 at http://wamc.org The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency To Fight Polio Outbreaks, WHO Lays Down New Rules http://wamc.org/post/fight-polio-outbreaks-who-lays-down-new-rules The World Health Organization is warning that recent outbreaks of polio in the Middle East, Africa and Asia mark a setback to the decades-long effort to eradicate the disease. In response, the WHO has declared a world health emergency. It's asking Syria, Pakistan and Cameroon — current polio hot spots — to require all travelers leaving those countries to show proof of vaccination. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 89742 at http://wamc.org Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus http://wamc.org/post/why-us-worried-about-deadly-middle-eastern-virus <em><strong>UPDATE at 4:17 p.m. Friday:</strong> Saudi Arabia has confirmed 313 cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, including 92 deaths, the Ministry of Health <a href="http://www.moh.gov.sa/CoronaNew/PressReleases/Pages/mediastatemenet-2014-04-25-001.aspx">said</a> Friday. Of note, one of the 14 new patients caught the virus while working as a hospital receptionist.</em><p>The latest medical acronym to fear is MERS: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:19:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 88973 at http://wamc.org Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus Polio Threatens To Spread Through Central Africa http://wamc.org/post/polio-threatens-spread-through-central-africa Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>In Central Africa, there are new fears that polio is on the move. Polio cases in Cameroon have spread to the tiny country of Equatorial Guinea, and there's concern it could spread even further in the region. Significant progress against polio has been made in much of the world this year. But global efforts to eradicate the virus could face a setback if polio gets a foothold in central Africa. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 88553 at http://wamc.org