World Health Organization – Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

STAT — Overdose deaths fall for the first time in three decades
New preliminary statistics from the CDC show that deaths from drug overdoses likely fell last year for the first time in three decades.

CBS — Heat wave across central U.S. prompts health warnings
Extreme heat warnings are posted across the central U.S. Temperatures feel well over 100 degrees. Public health officials are warning people to heed their heat warnings.

CNN — Mosquitoes have been almost completely wiped out on two Chinese islands
A population of the world’s most invasive mosquito species was almost completely wiped out by an experiment on two islands in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, according to a study published Wednesday.

Los Angeles Times – Los Angeles, California cities ‘overrun by rodents’ that pose public health epidemic, study says

An ever-growing number of rodents in California — particularly in Los Angeles — is being fueled by a spiking homeless population and restrictions on rodenticides that are risking a public health crisis, according to a study released Tuesday.

Washington Post — Court strikes down Virginia law for ‘criminalizing an illness’ in targeting homeless alcoholics
A divided federal appeals court this week struck down a Virginia law for “effectively criminalizing an illness” by targeting homeless alcoholics for buying, consuming or having alcohol.

 

Check out today’s public health news on Thursday, July 18, 2019.