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The World Health Organization's director-general has declared the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo an international health emergency.

The outbreak in the DRC has killed more than 1,650 people, and about 12 new cases are reported daily, according to the WHO.

Wellness Wednesday: Measles in Ohio, Burnout

Jul 17, 2019
Nicholas Richter gets a measles vaccine shot from a nurse at a Louisville clinic.
Lisa Gillespie / Side Effects Public Media

A Stark County adult who recently traveled to a state with confirmed measles cases is the first Ohioan to contract the disease this year.

Ohio hasn’t seen an outbreak since 2014, when 382 cases were confirmed. 

Today on Wellness Wednesday, what might be ahead for Ohio in the latest measles outbreak, and more.

Ohio Reports First Measles Case Of 2019

Jul 12, 2019

Amid the country’s worsening measles outbreak, Ohio is reporting the state’s first case of this year.

A young unvaccinated adult in Stark County contracted the virus and has since recovered, but not before coming into contact with some people who are believed to be unvaccinated, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s Jose Rodriguez.

Officials are monitoring those who may have been in contact with this individual and they are in self-quarantine, Rodriguez says.

Nurse Nicole Simpson prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta on Feb. 7, 2018.
David Goldman / AP

Blue Water Vaccines, based in Norwood, has scheduled clinical trials for 2020 involving a universal flu vaccine it's developing. The company closed Tuesday on $7 million worth of funding led by CincyTech.

Indians Pitcher Reveals Leukemia Diagnosis

Jul 6, 2019

Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco says the blood disorder that sidelined him earlier this season is leukemia.

The 32-year-old right-hander shared his diagnosis with Dominican Republic television station CDN37 during a hospital visit there. The full interview will air Sunday at 4 p.m., according to tweets from the station and the reporter who broke the news, Frank Camilo.

Carlos Malvestutto works on infectious diseases at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

There are about 230 new cases of HIV in Franklin County every year, mostly among people aged 25-29. On Thursday, celebrated as National HIV Testing Day, free testing is available at multiple locations across the city. 

If mosquitoes have emotions and foresight, they're probably happy with the current weather pattern. The abnormally high rainfall means good breeding conditions for the little bloodsuckers.

Ohio employees would have the right to sue if forced to have flu shots or other vaccines, under a new proposal being considered by state lawmakers.

The Ohio House bill would prohibit employers from firing or refusing to hire employees who object to immunizations. Employees could object to vaccinations because of medical reasons like allergies, or because of philosophical or religious beliefs.

The number of new measles cases in the United States so far this year has hit 971, exceeding a record established 25 years ago that covered a whole year of new measles cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.

Ohio continues to do better in preparing for public health emergencies like flu outbreaks or flooding, according to a study released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Ohio Lyme Disease Cases On The Rise

May 8, 2019

With warmer weather and backyards full of deer, Lyme disease is on the minds of the public health community.

Back in the 90s, Ohio saw a handful of Lyme disease cases. Now, that number is well into the hundreds each year. There were nearly 300 cases in 2018, according to data from the Ohio Department of Health. Last year, Cuyahoga County had 25 cases, the highest in the state.

Joel Rosario rides Game Winner to victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Nov. 2, 2018.
Darron Cummings / Associated Press

It’s a rainy spring evening in Louisville, less than two weeks from one of city’s biggest events: the Kentucky Derby. On May 4, people from across the U.S. and world stream into town to watch a day of horse racing.

Americans could be forgiven for not knowing that much about measles. After all, it's been 51 years since an effective vaccine was introduced, quickly turning the disease from a common childhood experience to a rarity, and nearly two decades since the disease was declared eliminated from the U.S.

But outbreaks have surfaced throughout the country over the past few months, affecting more than 700 people.

Nurse Nicole Simpson prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta on Feb. 7, 2018.
David Goldman / AP

As the nation battles a measles outbreak, there’s a new bill in the Ohio legislature that would require that parents be told there are exemptions in the law that requires kids to be vaccinated to attend school.

Measles is on the rise again, all around the globe.

Though the number of people affected in the U.S. is still relatively low compared with the countries hardest hit, there are a record number of U.S. measles cases — more than 700, so far, in 2019, according to the CDC — the highest since the disease was eliminated in the U.S. back in 2000.

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