WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017

Precautions to stem flu spread not taken, study says

Despite warnings that it would aid in the spread of H1N1, approximately one out of every four people failed to cover their mouths when they cough, research presented at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases revealed. Read More »

H1N1 assessment pushed back to August

The experts handling the H1N1 pandemic for the World Health Organization may wait until the end of August to reassess the outbreak Read More »

Connecticut citizens might have been exposed to measles

The Connecticut Department of Health issued a warning this week that members of the public may have been exposed to measles. Read More »

New malaria fighting technique announced

Scientists from the University of Arizona have successfully developed a mosquito that is immune to the parasite Plasmodium, the cause of malaria, and hope to one day replace wild mosquitoes with their lab-bred population. Read More »

Austalia to develop Hendra antibody

The government of Queensland, Australia, has invested 300,000 for the development of an antibody for the Hendra virus. Read More »

Miami-Dade reports dengue fever case

Officials with the Miami-Dade Health Department this week reported the first suspected case of dengue fever in the county. Read More »

Two-step flu vaccine could protect against all strains

Researchers announced a new, two-step influenza vaccine this week that uses DNA to "prime" the body's immune system followed by a traditional seasonal flu vaccine that potentially protects the body against all strains of the influenza virus. Read More »

ISDA calls for mandatory vaccinations for healthcare workers

The Infectious Diseases Society of America has formally requested in a July 15 letter that the Centers for Disease Control recommend mandatory vaccinations for influenza for healthcare workers. Read More »

Microneedles could simplify vaccine delivery

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in collaboration with researchers from Emory University, have developed a new method of vaccine delivery that requires a simple patch and could potentially be done at home. Read More »

HIV-negative people may falsely test postive after clinical vaccine trials

A recent study showed that nearly half the HIV-negative people who participate in clinical trials for potential vaccines end up testing positive although they are not infected with the virus. Read More »

Three waterborne illnesses cost U.S. $539 million annually

A new study has revealed that three waterborne illnesses cost the U.S. healthcare system up to $539 million a year. Read More »

NanoViricide, Inc., presents research on anti-Ebola agents

The results of NanoViricide, Inc. Read More »

Dengue fever spreading in the Caribbean

Health officials across the Caribbean are concerned about the near epidemic level of mosquito-borne dengue fever, saying it could get more severe as the rainy season progresses. Read More »

Whooping cough vaccine not linked to seizures

Researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week that the whooping cough vaccine is not linked to toddler seizures. Read More »

Promising results reported from Finnish HIV vaccination tests

Officials with the Finnish pharmaceutical company Fit Biotech announced recently that results of an HIV vaccination they have been developing are promising. Read More »

WHO won't declare end to H1N1 pandemic

Officials with the World Health Organization have announced that the WHO's emergency committee will not meet this week to review the H1N1 pandemic and that it will not declare an end to the pandemic. Read More »

Los Angeles County reports third whooping cough death this year

Officials with the L.A. Dept. of Public Health have reported the third death attributed to whooping cough, or pertussis, in the county this year, bringing the death toll in California's whooping cough outbreak to six. Read More »

Vaccine against rotavirus could be safe for newborns

A new vaccine against the deadly rotavirus is being developed in Melbourne, Australia that, unlike current vaccines, has the potential to protect infants from birth. Read More »

HPV vaccine may protect against genital warts

The results of a four-year study released on July 20 by the British Medical Journal show that vaccination against certain types of human papillomavirus gives protection against genital warts and pre-cancerous growths of the cervix. Read More »

Pfizer sued for $384 billion over 1996 meningitis trials

Nigerian victims of the 1996 Pfizer meningitis Trovan vaccine test announced July 20 that they are suing the company for $384 billion. Read More »