Ebola in mind, U.S. colleges screen some students
College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
U.S. infant vaccination rates high
The vast majority of parents are making sure that their children get vaccinated against potentially serious diseases, according to data from CDC’s 2013 National Immunization Survey – Children (19-35 months) published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
MERS: Low transmissibility, dangerous illness
The MERS coronavirus has caused disease outbreaks across the Arabian Peninsula and spread to Europe several times. The severe pneumonia virus has claimed the lives of several hundred people since its discovery in 2012. An international team of researchers led by virologists from the University of Bonn have now come to the conclusion, through direct observation, that the rate of human transmission is low. Still, a third of infected persons with symptoms die.
Puerto Rico investigating possible Chikungunya-related deaths
The Puerto Rican Health Department said Thursday that it is investigating whether two people who died had contracted Chikungunya, which--if true--would be the first two fatalities linked to that virus on the island.