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Mpox Cases Continue Decreasing in 2023

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The World Health Organization (WHO) published the Multi-country Mpox outbreak, External situation report #15, confirming Mpox cases recently increased by 716 new cases (0.8%) and nine new related fatalities.
However, reported cases have been steadily declining globally as of February 2, 2023.
From January 2022 through January 30, 2023, a cumulative total of 85,449 laboratory-confirmed cases of mpox and 89 deaths have been reported from 110 countries/territories/areas in all six WHO Regions.

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Has Influenza Flown South for Spring Break 2023

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As vacationers plan their Spring Break 2023 plans, many ask what happened this year's flu season.
According to reports recently published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2022-2023 flu season is ending in the Northern Hemisphere.
For example, the WHO's Influenza Update N° 437 concluded countries of North America reported most indicators of influenza activity decreased to levels similar to or below levels typically observed this time of year.

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West Africa Regains Floating Hospital Access

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A global charity confirmed it is bringing a state-of-the-art hospital to those in need along Africa's west coast. 
Because over 50% of the world's population lives within 100 miles of the coast, Texas-based Mercy Ships can sail modern hospital ships directly to people in The Gambia and Senegal without access to medical care.
The newest ship in the Mercy Ships feet welcomes patients on board in the port of Dakar, Senegal.

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Childhood Polio Eradication Focuses on Seven Countries

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This year, 2023, is when the worldwide community is positioned to entirely interrupt polio transmission in children, per the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Strategy 2022-2026. 
The GPEI stated on January 24, 2023, a unique epidemiological window of opportunity has presented itself this year that 'we must capitalize on.'
It is the nature of a highly infectious disease that spreads easily with population movements that outbreaks will continue to occur until polio is gone from all areas. 

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Caribbean Mosquitoes Carry a Seldom Discussed Travel Disease

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While approximately 500 million people in the Americas are at risk of dengue in 2023, most Caribbean visitors are unaware of this mosquito-transmitted disease.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently confirmed the Aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary source of dengue transmission in infants, young children, and adults.
Once infected, dengue symptoms range from mild to incapacitating high fever and related fatalities.

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Can Vaccines Curtail Alaska's Tuberculosis Outbreak

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When planning an extended visit to Alaska's remote villages in 2023, an old vaccine-preventable disease reappeared and accelerated new cases last year.
According to preliminary figures released by Alaska's Division of Public Health on January 19, 2023, 96 active Tuberculosis (TB) cases were identified in 2022, with numerous cases under investigation.
The Health Department's Bulletin #1, issued on January 19, 2023, represents a 66% increase in TB cases compared to the prior three years.

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Why Umrah Insurance for Foreign Pilgrims?

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In alignment with the Saudi Vision 2030 and in pursuit of achieving it through the Doyof Al Rahman National Program, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah today announced on Twitter a special Comprehensive Insurance Coverage for pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

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Polio-free India Seemed Impossible

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Region recently reported India completed 12 years free of polio, a remarkable achievement.
The WHO announced on January 13, 2023, that this achievement was realized due to consistent, determined efforts and genuine commitment at all levels. 
WHO Director Dr. Hamid Jafari reflected on his time eradicating polio in India and what lessons we can take to address the final challenges for achieving eradication in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Excerpts of his statements are inserted below.

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Uganda's Recent Ebola Outbreak Ends

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There was very good news reported today by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa regarding the recent Sudan ebolavirus outbreak in the Republic of Uganda.
Today, the government of Uganda declared the end to the Ebola outbreak that began in September 2022, The last patient was released from care in late November 2022, which started the 42-day countdown to the end of the outbreak.
This was Uganda's first Sudan ebolavirus outbreak in a decade and its fifth overall for this kind of Ebola.

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Uganda's 5th Sudan Ebola Outbreak Ends

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There was very good news reported today by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa regarding the recent Sudan ebolavirus outbreak in the Republic of Uganda.
Today, the government of Uganda declared the end to the Ebola outbreak that began in September 2022, The last patient was released from care in late November 2022, which started the 42-day countdown to the end of the outbreak.
This was Uganda's first Sudan ebolavirus outbreak in a decade and its fifth overall for this kind of Ebola.