Mosquitoes are some of the deadliest creatures in the world, carrying diseases like Zika, dengue and chikungunya.
A study on the effectiveness of the yellow fever vaccine among people living with HIV yields yet another reason that universal access to effective consistent antiretroviral medicine for people with the virus is important to global public health.
Depending on the scale of devastation, a hurricane can leave those in its path reeling long after dangerous, damaging high winds and driving rains pound an area.
As part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday unveiled the first-ever global guidelines for preventing and controlling three types of carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacteria in health settings that are highly transmissible, difficult to treat, and can cause severe illness and death.
Two years ago, when the Zika virus was first identified as the cause of microcephaly in babies, women were scared.
A strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to one of the key drugs used to treat the sexually transmitted infection has been found in Quebec.
Small saline-solution bags are ubiquitous in modern hospitals, cost about $1.50 each, and are the preferred method for delivering everything from painkillers and antibiotics to chemotherapy and heart drugs.
A serology study by Brazilian and German researchers published in mBio today of Zika virus (ZIKV) in Salvador, a large city in northeastern Brazil hit particularly hard by the 2015-16 Zika outbreak, showed infection rates exceeding 60% in many populations, with poor people hit especially hard.
San Diego County, battling a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A, is postponing an outreach campaign to provide the second of two inoculations against the contagious liver disease until a national shortage of the vaccine is resolved, the county’s chief public health officer said.
A new report from the Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (CARSS) shows rising antibiotic resistance in two major healthcare-associated pathogens, along with noteworthy decreases in antibiotic use in humans and animals.
President Trump is nominating a former pharmaceutical executive to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that, among other things, regulates prescription drugs.
California health officials have stepped up their hepatitis A prevention efforts in recent days as new fronts emerge in the battle against the state’s massive outbreak.
The world was less connected then than it is now when the 1918 pandemic of HIN1 influenza broke out.
For the second year in a row, India has landed the dubious distinction of being number one in the world for deaths from tuberculosis: 423,000 TB patients died in the year 2016.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, first developed to help guard against cervical cancer, also seems to protect against a rare, chronic childhood respiratory disease, a new study suggests.
No one likes the idea of being bitten by a mosquito, especially if that pesky pest is also carrying around viruses as deadly as yellow fever, dengue and Zika.
The FDA today approved letermovir tablets and injection, the first treatment indicated for cytomegalovirus prophylaxis in adults who have been exposed to cytomegalovirus and underwent an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant.
Last year's seasonal flu vaccine effectiveness was just 42%, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated.
The World Health Organization is urging countries to restrict the amount of antibiotics given in food animal production by prohibiting their routine use in growth promotion and disease prevention.
A Ramsey County-based outbreak of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis has grown to 17 cases, making it the largest in the country and prompting state health officials to monitor several hundred more people who may have been exposed.
Experts who work on the mosquito-borne West Nile virus have long known that it can cause serious neurological symptoms, such as memory problems and tremors, when it invades the brain and spinal cord.
From the air, the coast of Greenland appears vast and tranquil. Hundreds of fjords, their surfaces a mirror of blue sky and cloud bottoms, divide the territory.
A year ago, California officials appeared to be coming down hard on doctors and parents who were reluctant to vaccinate children.
Less than a year after the World Health Organization declared that Zika is no longer a public health emergency, the virus seems to have fallen from public consciousness, at least outside heavily affected areas.
A federal fund that helps state and local efforts to detect and respond to disease outbreaks, supports immunization and critical health responses is at risk of legislative elimination, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).
The Infectious Diseases Society of America recently announced that Providence Saint John’s Health Center of Santa Monica, California, and Summa Health of Akron, Ohio, are the first to receive its Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence designation.
A flurry of flu viruses and other respiratory pathogens that cause seasonal misery already are circulating on Long Island and elsewhere in New York — with the influenza bug potentially the most potent.
The chicken for sale at your local grocery store isn't like the chicken your grandparents used to eat.
One after another, patients came to clinics and hospitals in rural China complaining of alarming, nagging and debilitating symptoms.
The large plague outbreak that began in Madagascar in August appears to be waning, according to government case counts and local news reports.
While the vulnerability of children with HIV to tuberculosis has prompted World Health Organization guidelines recommending TB preventive therapy for children with the virus who are over a year old, a review of patient data across 10 years at a Swaziland center providing care to about a fifth of all children with HIV in the high-burden country found that just 55 percent of eligible children were prescribed the treatment, a presenter here said Oct. 12.
Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Iceland, Japan, the Netherlands, and Qatar are on course to eradicate hepatitis C by 2030, according to data presented at the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil.
San Diego County has reported a 20th person has died from a Hepatitis A outbreak — the worst of its kind in the United States in 20 years.
Global warming is hurting people’s health a bit more than previously thought, but there’s hope that the Earth — and populations — can heal if the planet kicks its coal habit, a group of doctors and other experts said.
Health officials in the United Kingdom are hailing a new report showing that the use of veterinary antibiotics has fallen below government targets 2 years ahead of schedule, with the total amount of veterinary antibiotics sold falling to its lowest level in more than 20 years.
As drug-resistant gonorrhea rapidly spreads around the world, one team of researchers may have a strategy to combat it, according to a new study.
Barbara Campbell has twice had shingles. Each time, one side of her body was covered in “thousands of these horrid blisters.” She could only wear the lightest silk blouse. Anything else touching her skin hurt too much.
Uganda's health ministry yesterday confirmed a second fatal Marburg virus case, involving the 38-year-old brother of the country's first lab-confirmed case-patient.
If you’re wondering just how bad this year’s flu season will be, the University of Chicago has a prediction for you — worse than average, but better than last year’s major siege of the achy sniffles.
The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a law requiring HIV-infected individuals to tell sexual partners of their status before having sex or risk criminal charges.
Dozens of people in Puerto Rico are suspected to have contracted leptospirosis, a bacterial illness, in the wake of Hurricane Maria, and several people have died from the disease.
A study today confirms that antibiotic use is a primary risk factor for community-associated Clostridium difficile infection (CA-CDI), researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.
Health, finance, agricultural ministers and others gather this week in Kampala, Uganda, for the 4th Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA High-Level Ministerial Meeting.
With the U.S. facing a growing number of mumps outbreaks, an expert panel that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Wednesday that people who are at risk during outbreaks should receive an additional, third dose of vaccine.
Though she added nine more cases to the total Tuesday, the region’s top public health official said there are continuing signs that San Diego’s hepatitis A outbreak is slowing down.
A break in key US support for global efforts to protect Americans and the world from pandemics could stall momentum that has been gaining steam in the wake of recent threats such as Ebola and Zika viruses, according to a new report from PATH, an international nonprofit group based in Seattle that advocates for innovations in medical countermeasures for improving global health.
Health authorities launched a yellow fever vaccination campaign on the north side of Brazil’s largest city over the weekend after a dead monkey was found infected with the disease, state and city officials said on Monday.
Hurricane Harvey has claimed another victim, about two months after making landfall in Texas.
One of the workhorses of Clarke County Hospital, a 25-bed facility in rural Osceola, Iowa, is an unassuming product known as a Mini-Bag.
It was the nightmare that wasn’t.
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