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CDC 'let the country down' on coronavirus testing – White House

May 18, 2020 - 9:35 AM

Trump often blames the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama, for passing on "broken tests" for the new coronavirus – although Obama left office years before the virus came into existence

BRIEFING. Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in the daily briefing of the coronavirus task force at the White House on April 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Duque asks Congress to pass bill creating PH Centers for Disease Control

Apr 16, 2020 - 6:30 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III also backs the passage of a measure allowing the government to stockpile on supplies critically needed during times of pandemics and other disasters

PANDEMIC. A patient suspected of having COVID-19 is pushed pushed on a stretched by workers from the East Avenue Medical Center on April 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Trump decides against quarantine of New York region

Mar 29, 2020 - 1:50 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, advises residents of the region not to travel except for essential purposes

GHOST TOWN. Cars cross 42th street as rain falls on March 28, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

Attendee at conservatives' political summit has coronavirus

Mar 08, 2020 - 1:57 PM

This attendee 'had no interaction' with President Trump or Vice President Pence and 'never attended the events in the main hall' at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington DC, says the organizer

CPAC 2020. Members of set up crew work on the final setup during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center February 26, 2020 in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Is it time for PH to have its own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?

Feb 15, 2020 - 5:33 PM

Having a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would 'centralize the response to emerging infectious diseases threats' according to an infectious disease expert

QUARANTINE. Mactan-Cebu International Airport monitors arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

China's coronavirus has not mutated in the U.S., says CDC

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:42 PM

'All the sequences we've extracted are similar to the one that China initially posted a couple of weeks ago,' says Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MASKS ON. Passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, California, on January 22, 2020.  Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

South Korea confirms first case of SARS-like virus from China

Jan 20, 2020 - 2:58 PM

A 35-year-old Chinese woman who flew in from Wuhan is confirmed to have the new coronavirus strain, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says

HITTING SOUTH KOREA. This file photo taken on January 18, 2020 shows medical staff members carrying a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by AFP

U.S. identifies likely culprit of vaping illness outbreak

Nov 10, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The US-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention identify vitamin E acetate as responsible for the vaping-linked lung injury outbreak in the United States

'WE VAPE, WE VOTE.' Demonstrator vapes during a rally outside of the White House to protest the proposed vaping flavor ban in Washington DC on November 9, 2019. Photo by Jose Luis Magana/AFP

Vaping-related illness sickens over 500 in U.S.

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:13 AM

More than half the cases involved patients under 25 years of age and three-quarters were men, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 2, 2018 a man exhales smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC. - Canada reported its first hospitalization for severe respiratory illness linked to vaping on September 18, 2019, following an outbreak in the US that has killed seven people and sickened hundreds. (Photo by EVA HAMBACH / AFP)

South Korea reports first MERS case in 3 years

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:33 PM

'Authorities have traced and separated 20 people who have come in close contact with the infected person,' says the head of Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

After 18 years, polio back in Papua New Guinea – WHO

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:48 PM

PNG has not had a case of the disease since 1996, and was certified as polio-free in 2000 along with the rest of the World Health Organization's Western Pacific region

Kids aged 11-12 need just two doses of cancer vaccine

Oct 21, 2016 - 9:59 AM

Those aged 15 26 should continue to receive 3 doses says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

DOH: Zika virus endemic in PH

Oct 04, 2016 - 8:54 PM

It was just established within the week that the Philippines is indeed endemic for Zika virus Category 2 says lawmaker Scott Davies Lanete who sponsored the health department s proposed budget at the Lower House

ENDEMIC. Health officials say the Philippines is endemic for Zika virus. File photo of a jar with larvas of Aedes eegypti mosquito by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

US extends 6-month warning to men over Zika risk

Oct 01, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Men who live in or have traveled to an area of active Zika transmission are now urged to wait half a year before attempting conception regardless of whether they have been diagnosed with Zika or showed any symptoms

ZIKA VIRUS. This file photo taken on January 25, 2016 shows an Aedes Aegypti mosquito sitting on human skin in a lab of the International Training and Medical Research Training Center (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Zika-hit Miami neighborhood safe – Florida governor

Aug 08, 2016 - 12:21 AM

Florida Governor Rick Scott says authorities are doing a very good job of working to get rid of the mosquitoes which transmit the Zika virus

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 06: A plane sprays pesticide over the Wynwood neighborhood in the hope of controlling and reducing the number of mosquitos, some of which may be capable of spreading the Zika virus on August 6, 2016 in Miami, Florida. This is the second round of aerial spraying in the area as the county continues to try and prevent the Zika virus from spreading. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid the area. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Continental US records first Zika-related death

Jul 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Health officials say the elderly victim who had an underlying health condition died in late June after traveling to a country where the mosquito transmitted virus is active

ZIKA VIRUS. A file photograph showing a mosquito 'Aedes aegypti', that transmit the Zika virus, in a laboratory in San Salvador, El Salvador, on February 7, 2016. File photo by Oscar Rivera/EPA

Zika linked to birth defects in 6 US cases

Jun 17, 2016 - 6:53 PM

The CDC says it will publish weekly results of women who are pregnant and infected with Zika

ZIKA. David Heymann (L), Chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Committee on Zika, and Bruce Aylward (R), Executive Director ad interim of the Outbreaks and Health Emergencies Cluster of WHO, at the 3rd meeting of the Zika Virus Infection and Possible Neurological Complications Emergency Committee, at the World Health Organization (WHO), in Geneva, Switzerland, June 14, 2016. Photo by Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Puerto Rico declares first case of Zika-related microcephaly

May 14, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Puerto Rico says it has counted 925 cases of Zika so far 18 of which involve pregnant women

Scientists using smartphone app warn of 'global sleep crisis'

May 07, 2016 - 11:23 AM

The study finds social pressures weaken and or conceal biological drives in the evening leading individuals to delay their bedtime and shorten their sleep

First US Zika-related death in Puerto Rico

Apr 30, 2016 - 7:45 AM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned of a potential explosion of Zika cases in Puerto Rico possibly reaching into the hundreds of thousands

FIRST. In this file photo, Ana Rius, the Secretary of the Department of Health of Puerto Rico, speaks during a news conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 28, 2016. Rius is quoted as saying the first Zika-related death in US soil involves a 70-year-old patient who died at the end of February. File photo by Jorge Muniz/EPA

Men with Zika should wait 6 months before unprotected sex – US

Mar 26, 2016 - 10:50 AM

Meanwhile women confirmed to have Zika or who have its symptoms should wait at least 8 weeks after the illness first appears before trying to become pregnant

ZIKA VIRUS. This file photo taken on January 25, 2016 shows an Aedes Aegypti mosquito sitting on human skin in a lab of the International Training and Medical Research Training Center (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Eating peanuts helps infants avoid allergy, even after pause

Mar 05, 2016 - 12:34 PM

The latest study includes evidence gleaned from following 550 children age 5 to 6 some of whom stopped eating peanuts while others carried on

US details cases of 9 pregnant women with Zika virus

Feb 27, 2016 - 8:49 AM

Health officials say two of the women miscarried and two elected to terminate their pregnancies

ZIKA AND PREGNANCY. A picture made available on February 12, 2016 of Patricia Vieira de Araujo (L) holding her one-month-old granddaughter Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the zika virus during her mother's pregrnacy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 11, 2016. File photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

US says increased Zika border screening ineffective

Feb 12, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Most people who are infected with Zika are asymptomatic and therefore could not be identified during the screening process says the Department of Homeland Security

ZIKA VIRUS. An employee of the municipality of Chacao fumigates the hall of a school during efforts to prevent the possible spread of the Zika virus in the country, in Caracas, Venezuela, February 5, 2016. File photo by Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Birth defects in Latin America spark Zika virus panic

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:52 AM

With the sting of a mosquito bite and a fever many pregnant women may not know that they caught the Zika virus – until it strikes their unborn child

ZIKA VIRUS. A pregnant woman stands at her house in a zone of the shanty town of Beco do Sururu, located close to Boa Viagem, the richest neighborhood of city of Recife, Brazil, 22 January 2016. Recife is the Brazilian city with more cases of Zika virus. Photo by Percio Campos/EPA

'Poisoned' durian candy contaminated with bacteria – DOH

Jul 16, 2015 - 5:56 PM

Wendy s Durian Candy tests positive for staphylococcus bacteria One of the victims is still in the hospital but will be discharged soon

CANDYMAKER. Wendy's Durian Candy manufacturer Janet Aquino holds up the product tag of their durian candy. File photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

18 labs may have received live anthrax samples – US officials

May 29, 2015 - 9:33 AM

As of yet only one of the facilities is confirmed to have received a live sample The 17 other laboratories got samples from the same batch and are likely to be live as well

OSAN. A general view shows the main gate of the US Osan Air Base in the city of Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, South Korea, 28 May 2015. Yonhap/EPA

WHO: World is better prepared for next flu pandemic

Feb 28, 2015 - 1:53 PM

An influenza pandemic is the most global of infectious disease events currently known It is in every country’s best interests to prepare for this threat

US authorities discover deadly 'Bourbon' virus

Feb 21, 2015 - 9:14 AM

Bourbon is part of a group of viruses known as thogotovirus which has been linked to ticks or mosquitoes in Europe Asia and Africa

BOURBON. The newly discovered virus is said have contributed to the death of a man in Kansas in 2014. Photo from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

D​​OH on Dis​​neyland measles outbreak: Not one country’s fault

Feb 20, 2015 - 6:58 PM

Philippine health officials say that while the outbreak may be associated with the Philippines it doesn’t necessarily mean the first case was exposed to a Filipino

OUTBREAK. The theme park known as 'The Happiest Place on Earth' has a new contagion, measles, with an outbreak of 125 cases linked to Disneyland. File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

US faces measles outbreak, vaccine debate rages

Feb 04, 2015 - 10:08 AM

The resurgence of the disease in the US coincides with a movement of some parents refusing to vaccinate their children

WEAPON. In this photo illustration, a bottle containing a measles vaccine is seen at the Miami Children's Hospital on January 28, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Disney measles outbreak spreads to more US states, Mexico

Jan 24, 2015 - 10:18 AM

Most – 42 – of the 51 cases are in California but three more have been found in Utah two in Washington and one each in Oregon Colorado Nebraska and Arizona

DISNEYLAND AND MEASLES. People visit Disneyland on January 22, 2015 in Anaheim, California. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

CDC monitoring lab tech after possible Ebola exposure

Dec 25, 2014 - 7:48 AM

The technician is not currently showing any symptoms of the hemorrhagic fever

UNACCEPTABLE. CDC chief Tom Frieden orders a full review after one of its technicians may have been exposed to a live sample of the deadly Ebola virus. File photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images/AFP

New Ebola cases slowing in Liberia, but too soon to celebrate – WHO

Oct 30, 2014 - 12:06 AM

UPDATED It appears that the trend is real in Liberia and there may indeed be a slowing of the epidemic s spread there says WHO assistant director general Bruce Aylward

MEDICATION. A photograph made available 13 October 2014 shows a Liberian health worker gives medication to a young Ebola patient at the MSF Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia 20 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

US modifies Ebola guidelines after quarantine uproar

Oct 28, 2014 - 10:30 AM

The decision comes after UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and health workers coming from Ebola hit areas strongly criticized the US quarantine guidelines

UPROAR. Charles King (L), Chief Executive Officer of Housing Works, and Peter Staley (R), American HIV/AIDS-LGBT rights activist, denounce the region's new quarantine rules outside the Bellevue Hospital Center where patients with, or are suspected of having, Ebola are being treated in New York, 27 October 2014. Justin Lane/EPA

Number of Ebola cases nears 10,000

Oct 23, 2014 - 4:39 PM

With experts warning the rate of infections could reach 10 000 a week by early December researchers around the world are scrambling to beat the tropical fever

A health workers in protective suit puts glasses on, on October 1, 2014 at MSF's (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia. Pascal Guyot/AFP

Cuba sends more doctors to Ebola-hit west Africa

Oct 23, 2014 - 9:02 AM

The death toll from the outbreak nears 4 900 and countries race to get experimental vaccines ready for real world use

TO THE FRONTLINE. The first members of a team of 165 Cuban doctors and health workers unload boxes of medicines and medical material from a plane upon their arrival at Freetown's airport to help the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, on October 2, 2014. Florian Plaucheur/AFP

5 misconceptions about Ebola

Oct 20, 2014 - 2:09 PM

Information is the best weapon against Ebola

Nigeria declared Ebola-free in 'spectacular success'

Oct 19, 2014 - 7:12 PM

UPDATED Nigeria s official Ebola free status comes after Senegal was given the all clear on October 17 providing rare good news in the world s worst outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever

Nigerian pupils of Powa International Childrens School wash their hands as part of the 2014 Hand Washing Day Ebola sensitization campaign in Abuja, Nigeria on Wednesday, October 15 2014. Photo by STR/EPA

CDC cleared Ebola nurse to fly, mulls travel ban

Oct 16, 2014 - 11:32 PM

The decision to let her fly was based on in this case the disclosure from the health care worker in terms of her well being says CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds

Texas case forces US to 'rethink' Ebola approach

Oct 14, 2014 - 11:26 AM

US CDC head: What we will be doing in the coming days and weeks is doubling down on the amount of education training outreach and support we provide

US President Barack Obama (2nd L), Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell (R), and Assistant to President Obama for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco (L) participate in a conference call with Director of the Center for Disease Control Dr. Tom Frieden on Ebola in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 13 October 2014. Alex Wong/Pool/EPA

First US Ebola infection result of 'protocol breach'

Oct 12, 2014 - 10:03 PM

UPDATED Top US health officials have said a breach of protocol was to blame for the new Ebola patient – the second person infected outside Africa and the second diagnosed in the United States

Members of the Hazmat crew walk down stairs from the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying in Dallas, Texas. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

Second US Ebola case deals blow to global battle

Oct 12, 2014 - 5:52 PM

UPDATED The latest Texas case underlines United Nations fears and growing concerns in the United States about Ebola for which there is no vaccine or widely available treatment

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas, USA, 01 October 2014, where a patient with the Ebola virus is being treated. Richard Rodriguez/EPA

Nations step up measures to stem worsening Ebola outbreak

Oct 12, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Countries across the world scrambled Saturday October 11 to stem a deadly Ebola outbreak that UN officials warn is getting worse

A photograph made available on 10 October 2014 shows a Liberian burial squad carry the body of an Ebola victim in Marshall, Margini county, Liberia, 25 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

New York's JFK airport rolls out Ebola screenings

Oct 11, 2014 - 11:54 PM

UPDATED Passengers arriving from Liberia Sierra Leone and Guinea will have their temperatures taken and get assessments for signs of illness answering questions about their health and exposure history

JFK AIRPORT. Passengers wait in line at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens, New York, USA, 09 October 2014. Justin Lane/EPA

Ebola toll passes 4,000 as fears grow worldwide

Oct 11, 2014 - 8:28 AM

From Australia to Zimbabwe and Macedonia to Spain people who showed signs of fever or had recent contact with Ebola victims are whisked into isolation units or ordered to stay in their homes

FIGHTING FOR LIFE. A paramedic wearing protective clothing visits ebola infected nurse Teresa Romero at Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, Spain, October 10, 2014. The health condition of Romero is serious but stable, according to Carlos III Hospital' sources. Another 13 people are in hospital under observation. Photo by Victor Lerena/EPA

US urges action to keep Ebola from becoming 'next AIDS'

Oct 09, 2014 - 11:54 PM

UPDATED We have to work now so that it is not the world s next AIDS CDC director Tom Frieden tells the heads of the United Nations World Bank and International Monetary Fund

EBOLA. “"I would say that in the 30 years I've been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS," says Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. File photo by Cellou Binani/AFP

Intensity of Ebola spread unseen since AIDS: CDC chief

Oct 09, 2014 - 9:16 PM

We have to work now so that it is not the world s next AIDS

EBOLA. “"I would say that in the 30 years I've been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS," says Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. File photo by Cellou Binani/AFP

Ebola quarantines mount in Spain, as nations add airport screenings

Oct 09, 2014 - 8:53 PM

EU officials rush to reassure citizens Europe is well armed to prevent an Ebola epidemic but experts point to some gaps in public health systems which could be called upon to ward off contagion of the tropical fever

Members of a sanitation team and a fire crew wait outside the residence of Teresa, a Spanish nurse, and her husband Javier Limon on October 8, 2014 in Alcorcon after they were admitted Sunday and Monday respectively to a Madrid hospital fearing infection with the deadly Ebola virus. Curto de la Torre/AFP

Man dies of Ebola in Texas, as world toll nears 3,900

Oct 08, 2014 - 11:28 PM

UPDATED The spillover of the virus – with the first diagnosis in United States and the first case of infection in Spain – has raised fears of contagion in the West