CDC Hosts International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
Monday, August 27, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Task Force for Global Health, Inc., are hosting the 2018 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID) today through Wednesday in Atlanta. Held every 2-3 years, the ICEID brings together more than 1,500 public health professionals from around the world to encourage the exchange of the latest information on issues affecting the emergence, spread, and control of infectious diseases.
ICEID 2018 marks the 10th occurrence of this premier infectious disease conference. The program includes plenary and panel sessions with invited speakers, oral abstract and poster presentations, and scientific and public health exhibitors—all focusing on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases…
MMWR News Synopsis for August 30, 2018
Cholera Outbreak in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya — November 2015–June 2016
Cholera can spread rapidly in densely populated settings such as refugee camps. Without prompt treatment, people with severe disease can die within hours.
Cholera continues to be a public health problem in Kenya. Refugee camps are at particularly high risk of cholera outbreaks because of high population density. Cholera is preventable by proper water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices like routine hand washing and treatment of water used for drinking, cooking, and washing. In this study, we investigated a cholera outbreak in the largest refugee camp in Kenya that hosts a population of nearly 340,000 refugees. Improvement to WASH practices controlled the outbreak and prevented further illness and deaths. CDC encourages affected communities and departments of health, water, and environment to improve WASH practices to prevent cholera outbreaks in future.