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Rappler's latest stories on epidemiology


Researchers warn 'Ebola for plants' hitting Africa's cassava crop

Apr 13, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Africa is the world's largest producer of cassava, accounting for 57% of a crop that some 800 million people around the world rely on

'EBOLA FOR PLANTS.' People prepare large bags of cassava to be sold at Sao's market, a few kilometers from Bangui, in Central Africa on April 12, 2013. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Mosquitoes can spread Zika to their eggs – study

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:15 AM

This vertical transmission from female mosquito to her eggs may help the virus survive even when conditions are poor

HEALTH THREAT. Doctor William Araya shows a jar with larvas of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, that transmit the Zika virus, the Dengue and the Chikunguna, at a laboratory in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27, 2016. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

PH begins school-based dengue immunization

Apr 04, 2016 - 4:04 PM

Critics however slam the health department for its unusual decision to provide the dengue vaccine to millions of Filipino children just a few months after getting regulatory approval

SCHOOL-BASED IMMUNIZATION. A student from Parang Elementary School gets a shot of Dengvaxia, the world's first-ever dengue vaccine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Eric Tayag gets new DOH post

Apr 18, 2015 - 11:08 AM

Health Secretary Janette Garin says Director Eric Tayag prefers being in regional offices – perfect for his new role leading the department s Bureau of Local Health Development

NEW POST. Director Enrique Tayag will now lead the health department's Bureau of Local Health Development after years of serving as director of the National Epidemiology Center. File photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Africa's uneven health care becomes easy prey for Ebola

Oct 02, 2014 - 5:14 PM

While nations like Ivory Coast Kenya and South Africa have well equipped hospitals with specialist units and high tech labs vast expanses of the continent remain health care deserts

Liberians watch as a burial team enters their community to collect a dead body suspected of being an Ebola victim in the slum area of Logan Town outside Monrovia, Liberia, 30 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

PH 'exported' measles to other countries

Aug 27, 2014 - 7:02 PM

The health department records 6 287 laboratory confirmed cases of measles for 2014

MERS alert: 11 things OFWs should do

Apr 24, 2014 - 2:34 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration asks recruitment agencies to report to the health department once they know of any case of the virus among their deployed workers abroad

Ona: Philippines is MERS-free

Apr 21, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Health Secretary Enrique Ona says the OFW who had tested positive for MERS in the UAE has overcome the infection and is now free from the virus

DOH announces first case of MERS virus infection in PH

Apr 16, 2014 - 6:28 PM

UPDATED The case an OFW makes the Philippines one of the first 2 countries in Asia outside the Middle East to have laboratory confirmed cases of the virus

MERS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

Camels likely source of MERS virus in people – study

Feb 25, 2014 - 2:28 PM

Research now shows the virus is extraordinarily common in camels and has been for at least 20 years

DEADLY NEW VIRUS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

HIV-AIDS epidemic: A call to action

Jul 06, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Since the HIV AIDS epidemic is largely borne by unprotected sex it is imperative that safe sex be promoted as much as possible

Figure 1 - Total HIV-AIDS cases reported annually, from Jan 1984 to Dec 2012. Source: NEC-DOH, PNAC website

Study: Air pollution linked to low birth weight

Feb 06, 2013 - 1:26 PM

Low birth weight below 5 5 pounds or 2 5 kilograms is linked to serious health problems including a higher risk of complications or death in the weeks right after birth as well as chronic health problems later in life

A woman covers her face with her sweater in the heavy smog in Haozhou, central China's Anhui province on January 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO

Is HIV going viral?

Oct 21, 2012 - 12:57 AM

Since the DOH began recording HIV in 1984 there have been 10 514 reported cases of HIV in the Philippines

HIV crisis worsening in PH

May 24, 2012 - 3:44 PM

There are a total of 9 163 registered HIV cases in the Philippines In March 2012 there were 313 registered new cases

Philippines is most disaster-prone in Asia

Jan 28, 2012 - 3:03 PM

But is it at the top of the President s agenda?

PRIORITIZE. From left to right: Margareta Wahlstrom, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction; Jacqui Badcock, UN System in the Philippines Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Coordinator; Brigitte Leoni, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Regional Communication Officer