Jason Beaubien http://apr.org en To Combat Ebola Outbreak, Health Officials Call For 'Drastic' Action http://apr.org/post/combat-ebola-outbreak-health-officials-call-drastic-action Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The World Health Organization, today, wrapped up an emergency meeting in West Africa on how to stop the growing Ebola outbreak there. The outbreak is now the largest ever recorded. The group Doctors Without Borders described the situation as out of control, and the World Health Organization is saying there needs to be drastic action to contain it. NPR's Jason Beaubien has been following the Ebola outbreak and monitoring this meeting in Ghana. He joins me now here in the studio. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 55100 at http://apr.org Second Surge Of Ebola Strikes West Africa http://apr.org/post/second-surge-ebola-strikes-west-africa Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>An Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now the largest and most deadly outbreak of that virus ever recorded. The first cases were confirmed in Guinea in March. Health officials thought they had a handle on this. They did not. A rash of new cases popped up in neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia. So we're going to talk about this with NPR's Jason Beaubien, who's been following the story. Hi, Jason.<p>JASON BEAUBIEN, BYLINE: Good morning.<p>INSKEEP: What's going on?<p>BEAUBIEN: Basically it looked like this outbreak was going to be like other outbreaks. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 54607 at http://apr.org As Death Count Rises, Health Officials Work To Stem Ebola's Spread http://apr.org/post/death-count-rises-health-officials-work-stem-ebolas-spread The World Health Organization is reporting that the Ebola virus has yet to be contained in West Africa. It's one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in decades — with over 500 cases, some 330 of which ended in death. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 54146 at http://apr.org Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm http://apr.org/post/thriving-towns-are-good-news-parasitic-worm People trying to grow food and support their families on the shores of Lake Malawi are not only causing serious environmental problems, they're also causing a surge in a debilitating disease.<p>Thriving towns along the lake are changing the ecosystem in ways that are allowing a parasitic worm to flourish, researchers <a href="http://www.cell.com/trends/parasitology/abstract/S1471-4922(14)00038-5">reported</a> last week in the journal <em>Trends in Parasitology</em>.<p>The intestinal disease, called <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/schistosomiasis/">schistosomiasis</a>, won't kill you, but Wed, 28 May 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 52831 at http://apr.org Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm CIA Announces Plans To End Fake Vaccination Programs http://apr.org/post/cia-announces-plans-end-fake-vaccination-programs The White House announced that the CIA will stop using fake vaccination programs to further its spy operations. The decision comes after leaders from U.S. public health schools brought the practice to light. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 20 May 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 52334 at http://apr.org How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus http://apr.org/post/how-us-hospitals-are-planning-stop-deadly-mers-virus In the past month, Middle East respiratory syndrome has morphed from a little-known disease in the Arabian Peninsula to a major global health concern, with more than 300 cases in Saudi Arabia in April, 54 of them fatal.<p>Two cases have been reported in the U.S. as well — one in Indiana and one in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/12/311879323/deadly-mers-virus-detected-in-florida">Florida</a>. Both men had worked in Saudi Arabia hospitals. Wed, 14 May 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 51954 at http://apr.org How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus Gene Sequencing Could One Day Make Malaria Easier To Treat http://apr.org/post/new-lab-technique-could-one-day-make-malaria-easier-treat Malaria has proved one of the hardest diseases on the planet to treat. The World Health Organization estimates there are nearly 200 million cases each year, and the parasitic infection is blamed for some 700,000 deaths annually.<p>One reason malaria may be so difficult to treat is that different types of malaria parasites can be streaming through the victim's body at the same time. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 51866 at http://apr.org Gene Sequencing Could One Day Make Malaria Easier To Treat The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency http://apr.org/post/comeback-polio-public-health-emergency It is, says the World Health Organization, "an extraordinary event." Polio is spreading to a degree that constitutes a public health emergency.<p>The global drive to wipe out the virus had driven the number of polio cases down from 300,000 in the late 1980s to just 417 cases last year. The World Health Organization has set a goal of wiping out polio by 2018.<p>But this year, polio has been reported in 10 countries, and there are fears the number could rise. Mon, 05 May 2014 22:09:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 51394 at http://apr.org The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency To Fight Polio Outbreaks, WHO Lays Down New Rules http://apr.org/post/fight-polio-outbreaks-who-lays-down-new-rules The World Health Organization is warning that recent outbreaks of polio in the Middle East, Africa and Asia mark a setback to the decades-long effort to eradicate the disease. In response, the WHO has declared a world health emergency. It's asking Syria, Pakistan and Cameroon — current polio hot spots — to require all travelers leaving those countries to show proof of vaccination. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 51375 at http://apr.org Mysterious Kidney Disease Slays Farmworkers In Central America http://apr.org/post/mysterious-kidney-disease-slays-farmworkers-central-america Manuel Antonio Tejarino used to be a lean, fit field hand.<a name="_GoBack"></a> During the sugar cane harvest, he'd swing a machete for hours, hacking at the thick, towering stalks.<p>Now Tejarino is slumped in a faded, cloth deck chair outside his sister's house on the outskirts of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua.<p>Tejarino's kidneys are failing. He's grown gaunt. His arms droop by his side. In the tropical midday heat, he alternates between wiping sweat off his brow and pulling a sweatshirt up over his bare chest.<p>"I feel like I'm burning," says Tejarino, 49. "My blood pressure goes down. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 51071 at http://apr.org Mysterious Kidney Disease Slays Farmworkers In Central America Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus http://apr.org/post/why-us-worried-about-deadly-middle-eastern-virus <em><strong>UPDATE at 4:17 p.m. Friday:</strong> Saudi Arabia has confirmed 313 cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, including 92 deaths, the Ministry of Health <a href="http://www.moh.gov.sa/CoronaNew/PressReleases/Pages/mediastatemenet-2014-04-25-001.aspx">said</a> Friday. Of note, one of the 14 new patients caught the virus while working as a hospital receptionist.</em><p>The latest medical acronym to fear is MERS: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 50803 at http://apr.org Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus Sharp Rise In MERS Cases May Mean The Virus Is Evolving http://apr.org/post/sharp-rise-mers-cases-may-mean-virus-evolving There's growing concern that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome may have entered a new phase in the way it's spreading in Saudi Arabia.<p>The country has reported a sharp uptick in <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/faq.html">MERS</a> cases over the past week. Since the deadly respiratory virus was first detected in September 2012, a total of 244 cases have been found in Saudi Arabia. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:38:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 50575 at http://apr.org Sharp Rise In MERS Cases May Mean The Virus Is Evolving Polio Threatens To Spread Through Central Africa http://apr.org/post/polio-threatens-spread-through-central-africa Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>In Central Africa, there are new fears that polio is on the move. Polio cases in Cameroon have spread to the tiny country of Equatorial Guinea, and there's concern it could spread even further in the region. Significant progress against polio has been made in much of the world this year. But global efforts to eradicate the virus could face a setback if polio gets a foothold in central Africa. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 50447 at http://apr.org Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa http://apr.org/post/polio-hits-equatorial-guinea-threatens-central-africa Health officials are worried.<p>After being free of polio for nearly 15 years, Equatorial Guinea has <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx">reported</a> two cases of the disease.<p>The children paralyzed are in two distant parts of the country. So the virus may have spread widely across the small nation.<p>The outbreak is dangerous, in part, because Equatorial Guinea has the worst polio vaccination rate in the world: 39 percent. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 50307 at http://apr.org Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift http://apr.org/post/global-aid-health-hits-record-high-though-total-aid-dipping International development aid has hit an all-time high, despite some nations dramatically slashing their foreign assistance budgets. As patterns of international assistance shift, an increasing amount of money is being invested in improving health in the developing world.<p>Donors from wealthy nations, aid groups, U.N. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 49803 at http://apr.org Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift