An Ebola Outbreak in a War Zone Is About as Bad as It Gets

Right now the DRC is experiencing a world-first: an Ebola outbreak in a war zone.  

October 25, 2018


With vaccine in hand, Ebola response teams are struggling to track those who need it

The Ebola response teams in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are having increasing trouble keeping track of where the virus is spreading, a problem that threatens containment efforts and undermines the effectiveness of the vaccination program there.  

October 23, 2018


Flea-borne typhus spreads across Los Angeles area

A rise in typhus, a bacterial disease spread by lice or fleas, has hit the Los Angeles area, and public health officials are sounding the alarm. 

October 8, 2018


Infectious disease expert to lead Center for Global and Immigrant Health

Anne Rimoin, associate professor of epidemiology in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, has been appointed director of the school’s Center for Global and Immigrant Health.

October 8, 2018


The monkeypox mutation

Nearly 40 years since we defeated smallpox, scientists fear a new deadly plague could strike at any moment. 

September 27, 2018


Ebola crisis worsens in Congo, health workers infected

At least 10 health-care workers have been infected with the deadly Ebola virus as they battle an outbreak in an eastern province of Congo, officials said over the weekend, as concerns mount that the number of cases is growing faster than public health officials can respond.

August 19, 2018


Measles outbreaks come with serious consequences

Measles outbreaks can be very costly to communities, a new report suggests.

July 31, 2018


Ebola in survivor’s family shows deadly virus’s lasting effects

More than four years after the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, scientists are still uncovering sobering new information about the lasting effects of the virus on survivors.

July 23, 2018


The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?

The epidemics of the early 21st century revealed a world unprepared, even as the risks continue to multiply. Much worse is coming.

July/August 2018


Research during Ebola vaccine trial: It’s complicated

During an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus like the one underway in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), research necessarily takes a back seat to proven containment strategies, including isolation of infected people, identification and testing of their contacts, and safe burial of the dead.

May 25, 2018


Most Maps of the New Ebola Outbreak Are Wrong

Villages, and sometimes whole regions of the Congo, are misplaced—but the ministry of health and a team of cartographers are racing to get better data.

May 21, 2018


Data from DRC suggest many Ebola infections may go unrecognized

Researchers documented serologic evidence of exposure to Ebola virus in villages that were not affected by an outbreak of the disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

January 24, 2018


Ebola survivors still immune to virus after 40 years

People who beat infection in 1976 can make antibodies against Ebola today.

December 14, 2017


Forty years later, Ebola survivors are still making antibodies to the lethal virus

Forty years after the first documented Ebola outbreak, some of the survivors still have antibodies against the virus, a new study reveals. The find bolsters the widely held assumption that Ebola survivors remain immune to the virus for life. The work may also help guide development of new medicines and clarify the long-term health consequences of an Ebola infection.

December 14, 2017


40 Years Later, Some Survivors of the First Ebola Outbreak Are Still Immune

The antibodies in their blood might hold the key to future vaccines.

December 14, 2017


40 years after first Ebola outbreak, survivors show signs they can stave off new infection

UCLA-led study holds promise for development of vaccines and therapeutic drugs to fight the virus.

December 14, 2017


Strength Training at Home and Abroad

Through both established and informal channels, the Fielding School has a long legacy of building public health capacity both at home and abroad. 

December 1, 2017


Monkeypox On The Rise: How Worried Should We Be? 

We talked to two monkeypox experts to get the lowdown on the disease. Here are some of the questions we asked and some of their surprising answers. 

November 16, 2017


Monkeypox Outbreaks On the Rise in Africa?

Dr. Reena Doshi (former Faucett Fellow, currently EIS officer with CDC) gives briefing on recent Monkeypox outbreaks in central Africa.

November 9, 2017


Virus Hunter
She’s called the unstoppable woman. Meet one of the world’s top virus hunters, who travels to the most remote parts of the planet to identify and stop pandemics.

November 7, 2017


We asked an expert about the worst (and grossest) movie viruses
Epidemiologist Dr. Anne Rimoin joins us this week to debate movie outbreaks. How realistic is the ‘Walking Dead’? Is the Rage Virus in ’28 Days Later’ even possible?

October 26, 2017


FSPH Student Stories: Inconnu
Cyrus Sinai describes his efforts to place unknown villages of the province of Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo on the map, which not only enables disease surveillance but also facilitates access to health services.

October 2017


How the Democratic Republic of the Congo Beat Ebola in 42 Days
The latest outbreak was swiftly contained by a fast, decisive response, acting as a model for containing infectious diseases in remote places.

July 3, 2017


Ebola outbreak in Africa ends — but gaps in public health leave region vulnerable

Experts say effective response to the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo helped prevent the virus from spreading.

July 2, 2017


[Video] Anne Walsh Rimoin ‘92 – Alumni Achievement Presentation

Annie Rimoin celebrates her 25th reunion with appreciation for the important role Middlebury has played in her career as an Epidemiologist, Professor, and virus hunter working to prevent pandemics before they start.

June 10, 2017


Could pigs be involved in Congo’s new Ebola outbreak?
It might all just be a big coincidence. But scientists and public health officials are investigating whether pigs are somehow involved in the Ebola outbreak now underway in a remote region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

May 26, 2017


How Ebola Adapted to Us
During the recent record-breaking outbreak, the virus picked up a mutation that made it better at infecting human cells.

Nov 3, 2016


Bonobos are threatened by the booming bushmeat trade
Dr. Anne Rimoin is a professor of epidemiology whose work often takes her to Democratic Republic of Congo. Once, she rescued a baby bonobo herself.

Dec 7, 2015


What You Need to Know the Measles Outbreak
How bad is the current outbreak?

Feb 23, 2015


FSPH Student Stories: Tracking Monkeypox in the DRC
FSPH alumna Dr. Nicole Hoff (PhD ’14) shares how her dissertation research in monkeypox disease surveillance in the Democratic Republic of Congo is changing how the disease is reported and tracked on the local and national level.

February 2015


Fear of Ebola Spreads Faster Than the Virus
The first person to contract Ebola in the United States is a nurse who treated Thomas Duncan, the man who died of Ebola in Dallas after catching it in Liberia. Other healthcare workers who treated Duncan might be at risk.We’ll hear about the risks in this country, and how Ebola spread in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Oct 13, 2014


Ebola spreading across West Africa
Anne Rimoin, Professor of Epidemiology from UCLA Fielding School of Public Health discusses the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

July 31, 2014


Move Over, Indiana Jones—This Incredible Virus Hunter Scours the Most Remote Parts of Africa for Deadly Diseases
Epidemiologist Anne Rimoin at work in the Democratic Republic of Congo

July 3, 2014


[Video] Ebola Outbreak! | TakePart Live
Should America worry about the Ebola Outbreak?

July 2, 2014


Why Americans Should Worry About the Ebola Outbreak
Virus hunter Anne Rimoin talks about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and how it could affect the U.S.

July 1, 2014


Congo’s Uncharted Territory
The Democratic Republic of Congo, otherwise known as DR Congo, remains a black hole for public health surveillance, an epidemiology no-mans land in which we know little of the who, what and where of infectious diseases in the very heart of Africa.

August 19, 2013


[Video] Monkey Pox in DRC
VOA’s health correspondent Linord Moudou talks to an infectious disease epidemiologist who has been conducing research on monkey pox in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Mar 7, 2013


Emerging Diseases: New Threat From Poxviruses
Smallpox may be gone, but its viral cousins – monkeypox and cowpox – are staging a comeback

March 1, 2013


Genetic Sleuthing Uncovers Deadly New Disease in Africa 
Global Research Effort Identifies ‘Bas-Congo’ Virus as the Cause of Small, Isolated Outbreak in 2009

Sep 28, 2012


[Video] Infectious Disease Expert Anne Rimoin Interview- Virus Hunters
UCLA infectious disease expert Anne Rimoin talks about the alarming recent rise in monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Aug 24, 2011