United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater

There is no higher priority for EPA than protecting the health and safety of Americans. EPA is providing this important information about COVID-19 as it relates to drinking water and wastewater to provide clarity to the public. The COVID-19 virus Read More …

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA): Coronavirus: no evidence that food is a source or transmission route

EFSA’s chief scientist, Marta Hugas, said: “Experiences from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), show that transmission through food consumption did not occur. At the moment, Read More …

WHO Technical Brief: Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19 – 3 March 2020

In late 2019, an acute respiratory disease, known as COVID-19, emerged. The pathogen responsible for COVID-19 is severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2, also referred to as the COVID-19 virus), a member of the coronavirus family. In response to Read More …

WHO declares the new coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) The second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the outbreak Read More …

Lassa fever outbreak kills dozens in Nigeria

At least 29 killed and 195 cases of the disease confirmed in the latest outbreak to hit the country, government says. Nigerian authorities have announced increased emergency measures to contain the latest outbreak of Lassa fever in the West African Read More …

WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation report

WHO Director-GeneralDr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and colleagues are in Beijing to meet with government and health experts supporting the response. The mission’s aim is to understand the latest developments and strengthen the partnership with China, in particular for the response. Read More …

New China virus: Number of cases jumps as infection spreads to Beijing

The number of people infected with a new virus in China tripled over the weekend, with the outbreak spreading from Wuhan to other major cities. Wuhan reported 136 new cases of the respiratory illness. The capital Beijing reported two cases, Read More …

Mystery SARS-Like Virus Spreads as First Confirmed Case Emerges Outside China

A new virus from the same family as the deadly SARS disease has spread beyond China’s borders for the first time with a case emerging in Thailand, UN and Thai officials said on Monday. Thai doctors diagnosed a Chinese traveller with mild Read More …

Lassa fever: Britons who came into contact with victims brought back to UK for tests

Three Britons have been brought back to the UK from Sierra Leone for medical assessment after coming into close contact with two people who have been diagnosed with Lassa fever. One of the two Dutch nationals who contracted the virus Read More …

Walmart Pork Containing Superbugs Resistant to Important Antibiotics Found

Testing has revealed the presence of bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics in pork products sold at Walmart stores in the eastern U.S., according to a report. Research conducted by non-profit World Animal Protection (WAP) identified several strains of bacteria in Read More …