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A World With Fleeting Flu Cases

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The current influenza surveillance data should be interpreted with caution, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO announced on March 1, 2021, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has influenced to varying extents health-seeking behaviors globally. The various hygiene and physical distancing measures implemented to reduce the spreading of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have likely played a role in reducing influenza virus transmission.

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Africa’s Ebola Outbreaks Disrupts International Travel

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Traveling to the USA from certain African countries now requires additional public health interventions.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on February 24, 2021, the U.S. government will funnel travelers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Guinea to six U.S. airports.
The CDC will institute public health measures related to outbreaks of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Africa.

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Ebola Vaccinations Accelerate in West African Countries

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As Ebola immunization scales up in Guinea, the country’s African neighboring nations are on high alert, urgently preparing to detect, isolate and manage any cases and quickly stamp out potential cross-border outbreaks, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
All six nations bordering Guinea are finalizing their national preparedness and readiness operational plans according to a WHO readiness assessment tool. The overall state of readiness in these west African countries is nearly 66% which is still lower than the benchmark of 80%.

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El Salvador Certified Malaria-Free

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The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the Republic of El Salvador became the first country in Central America was awarded a certification of malaria elimination. 
The WHO certification announced on February 25, 2021, follows more than 50 years of commitment by the Salvadoran government to ending the disease in a country hospitable to malaria.

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Thousands of Airport Screeners Needed in the USA

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it is launching recruitment efforts nationwide to fill over 6,000 Transportation Security Officer (TSO) positions by the Summer of 2021.
Based on anticipated seasonal travel trends in the months ahead and the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public, TSA has launched national efforts to recruit new employees in support of screening operations at approximately 430 airports nationwide.

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Ebola Vaccinations Launch in Western Africa

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Ebola vaccination of people at high risk in Guinea launched as an emergency response was escalated, said the World Health Organization (WHO).
The new vaccination program is to counter the spread of the Ebola virus that re-emerged in Guinea’s western Africa country for the first time since 2016.
The vaccination campaign was launched in Gouecke, a rural community in N’Zerekore prefecture, where the first cases were detected on February 14, 2021. N’Zerekore is Guinea’s second-largest city and is close to the border with Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire.

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American’s Travel App Helps Flyers Enter the USA

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American Airlines is the first U.S. airline to introduce an easy way to provide results from a negative COVID-19 test and other completed documents required for international travel. 
American’s mobile health passport VeriFLY app helps customers understand and verify their travel requirements, which will be available for travelers starting January 23, 2021, for travel from all international destinations to the USA.

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Air Industry Seeks to Abolish Passenger Quarantines

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European and international aviation associations urge European governments to immediately abolish quarantine measures and other travel restrictions following new Recommendations published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control (ECDC).
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) – ECDC “Guidelines for COVID-19 testing and quarantine of air travelers: Addendum to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol” also confirm that air travelers account for less than 1 percent of all detected COVID-19 cases and do not increase the rate of virus transmission.

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Malaria Prevention Programs Save Millions of Lives

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The 2020 edition of the World Malaria Report looks back at key events and milestones that helped shape the global response to the disease over the last 20 years, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
During these 2 decades, about 1.5 billion cases and 7.6 million deaths related to malaria were averted.
This year’s report, which was published on November 30, 2020, also features a special section on malaria and the COVID-19 pandemic and a detailed analysis on progress towards the 2020 milestones of WHO’s global malaria strategy.

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Skiers Can Avoid Coronavirus This Winter

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown considerable uncertainty into the 2020-2021 ski season, one thing remains certain. Snow-covered mountains will beckon outdoor enthusiasts to click into skis or strap on a snowboard.
Laura Sehnert is an avid skier and plans to ski this winter with her family.
“I grew up skiing in Colorado and love that we have the opportunity to do so with our children,” said Laura Sehnert, chief medical officer and an emergency medicine physician at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center,