Expert says Haiti cholera came from abroad

The Haiti cholera outbreak that has lead to the deaths of over 1,600 people must have come from abroad and the epidemic may cause sickness in 200,000 people, a leading French epidemiologist has announced. Read More »

Malaysia testing new dengue fever vaccine

Malaysian health authorities announced on Wednesday that they were testing a vaccine for dengue fever in an effort to stop the disease that has doubled its death rate by over 60 percent this year. Read More »

Merck names new CEO

Merck & Company has named Kenneth Frazier, a lawyer known for his strategy in defending the pain drug Vioxx, as its new chief executive officer. Read More »

Grant awarded for new nasal spray vaccine

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $6 million grant to NanoBio Corp. for the creation of a new nasal spray vaccine. Read More »

Vaccine that deactivates West Nile virus discovered

Researchers from Purdue University Read More »

Sixth hepatitis B death reported at N.C. assisted living center

There has been a sixth reported death in connection with an outbreak of hepatitis B at a North Carolina assisted living center. Read More »

HIV vaccine conference to be hosted by Boston

The Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise has announced that Boston will be the host of the world Read More »

Second TB biomarker identified

The Biomagnetics Diagnostic Corporation has announced the identification of a second biomarker for developing a tuberculosis assay that may help in faster detection of tuberculosis by inexperienced personnel outside of a laboratory setting. Read More »

Thousands working to combat polio in Republic of Congo

Thousands of Red Cross volunteers are working with communities in the Republic of Congo to stop the spread of polio, particularly in the young, as part of a new vaccination campaign. Read More »

Dengue vaccine five years off, expert says

At the conclusion of a three-day dengue workshop recently held in Singapore, a virology expert announced that a commercial vaccine for dengue fever could be ready in as little as five years. Read More »

Hepatitis B vaccine shown to be effective for newborns

A recent controlled trial has shown that the recombinant hepatitis B vaccine gives as much protection to newborn infants of chronically infected mothers as it does when given in conjunction with hepatitis B immunoglobin. Read More »

More pregnant women receiving flu vaccine

In a Centers for Disease Control study it was found that over double the amount of pregnant women received the flu vaccine in the 2009-2010 flu season than in the previous two years in 10 states surveyed. Read More »

Canadian expert calls for national immuinzation registry

Debra Lynkowski, the chief executive officer of the Canadian Public Health Association, is hopeful that when Canada renews its Health Accord in 2014, its provisions will include the creation of a national immunization registry. Read More »

Lifetime influenza vaccine begins testing

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health are now testing a universal vaccine against influenza that is capable of lasting a person Read More »

One-third of Americans have received flu vaccine

Approximately one in three of all Americans has been vaccinated for the flu this season, close to last year Read More »

Obesity may make dengue fever more difficult to treat

A statement made by experts on Friday warned that dengue fever, the potentially fatal mosquito-borne virus, will become more difficult to treat as the people of the world become more obese and overweight. Read More »

Medicaid payments connected with vaccination rates for the poor

A recent study has shown that Medicaid paid to physicians is connected with the percentage of poor children who are fully vaccinated, though a poor rate of pay is not always connected to a low vaccination rate. Read More »

Rift Valley fever outbreak reported in Mauritania

The death toll from a recent outbreak of Rift Valley fever in Mauritania in or near the town of Aoujeft has reached 17. Read More »

U.N. calls for aid in Haitian cholera outbreak

As the death toll for the Haitian cholera epidemic has reached 1,882, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated an appeal for more money to fight the disease that has infected nearly 85,000 people. Read More »

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., presents positive data for TRU-016

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. recently announced the presentation of positive data from its Phase I dose escalation study of TRU-016 at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Orlando, Florida. Read More »