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Zika Virus: A Quick Update
Feb 1, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

In early December 2015, we reported on Brazil’s microcephaly outbreak and its alleged potential connection with Zika virus. This piece is a quick...

Finally, A Vaccine Against Dengue?
Jan 5, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dengue is the “fastest spreading vector disease” in the world (1). Approximately half of the...

Ebola Update: Death in Nigeria, Impact on Healthcare Workers, and Containment Measures in Liberia
Jul 29, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

Nations around the world have voiced concern about West Africa’s Ebola outbreak spreading via air travel, with warnings like “Ebola only a plane ride...

World Hepatitis Day 2014
Jul 28, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

Monday, July 28 marks World Hepatitis Day, a global public health campaign led by the WHO to raise awareness about the five hepatitis viruses (A, B,...

Ebola Update: Largest Outbreak on Record Causes 603 Deaths
Jul 16, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

On July 15, the WHO reported a total of 964 cases including 603 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Guinea still has the greatest number of...

Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine Prequalified by WHO
Oct 11, 2013 | Sheryl Gordon

In a momentous statement on October 9, the World Health Organization announced that it would add the SA 14-14-2 live, attenuated vaccine for Japanese...

New Guidelines For HIV/AIDS Treatment
Jul 11, 2013 | Anonymous

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), earlier administration of antiretroviral treatments may be our newest weapon in the war against HIV...

Steady Increase in China's H7N9 Cases: Media Reports 38 Cases, 10 Deaths
Apr 11, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

At the time of this posting, the official WHO count remains at 33 cases and 9 deaths, but Chinese media reports 38 H7N9 cases and 10 deaths. The...

The New Virus on the Block: H7N9 Case Counts, Explanations and Updates
Apr 5, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

The much-awaited springtime seems to have an unfortunate knack for bringing us scary diseases. Almost exactly ten years ago, surgical masks were à la...

Tuberculosis: A Persistent Cough
Mar 22, 2013 | Jason Hayes

The disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a strain of mycobacteria, has many names. Over the last two millennia, we’ve called it phthisis,...

U.S. Stockpile of Costly Smallpox Drug Deemed Unnecessary by Experts
Mar 15, 2013 | Lauren Edmundson

The U.S. government received its first shipment of an order of 2 million doses of smallpox medication last week. The government is stockpiling the...

Is This Scary New Virus The Next SARS?
Mar 13, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

There’s been a four-letter word circulating through the media in recent weeks, one we haven’t heard for years: SARS, which stands for "severe acute...

A Crucial Push for Improved Global Health Statistics
Mar 12, 2013 | Alex Ocampo

How many people worldwide suffer from malaria? How many children died last year in Bolivia and of what causes? Which clinics in the developing world...

Novel Coronavirus Kills 2 More in Jordan
Dec 4, 2012 | Lauren Edmundson

Recent lab testing by the WHO confirmed two more deaths from coronavirus infections that occurred in Jordan in April 2012. These cases bring the...

Update on the Ebola outbreak in DR Congo
Nov 1, 2012 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

The WHO announced Friday that there have been 52 cases and 25 deaths of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) reported so far in the Orientale Province of...

TB Rates Fall, But Many Hurdles Remain
Oct 26, 2012 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

The WHO published its annual Global Tuberculosis Report 2012 last week, providing a recap of the latest data and analysis regarding the tuberculosis...

Latest on Ebola, Aug. 6 2012, 12h: Two Suspected Cases in Tanzania, WHO Update for Uganda
Aug 6, 2012 | Anna Tomasulo

Tanzania: Local news in Tanzania is reporting two suspected cases of Ebola in the Kagera Region. The two suspected cases, a mother and son, traveled...

Measles Cases Up in United States, Global Deaths Down
Apr 30, 2012 | Jane Huston

Measles has been making headlines in the United States and abroad. U.S. measles cases in 2011 were the highest in 15 years, nearly four times higher...

World Pneumonia Day
Nov 10, 2011 | Jane Huston

The third annual World Pneumonia Day will be observed on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. World Pneumonia Day aims to raise awareness around the leading...