MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017

Somalia launches cholera eradication campaign

The health ministry of Somalia has launched a new initiative to eradicate cholera, aiming to educate at least one person in every house about the potentially deadly disease. Read More »

Pfizer, GSK to discount pneumonia vaccines by more than 50 percent

The sales of low-priced pneumonia vaccine to developing countries by Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline will increase by more than 50 percent in the coming months. Read More »

Influenza activity remains low in the Northern Hemisphere

The WHO recently reported that influenza activity has remained low in the Northern Hemisphere, with only a small number of nations, including Costa Rica and Cameroon, reporting increases in the number of cases. Read More »

Chinese H5N1 traced to live bird markets

Sequences of the H5N1 virus from live bird markets in China have matched the sequences found in patients who had recently visited the markets, providing evidence of a long suspected molecular link. Read More »

Measles cases increase in Ireland

According to an annual report published by the Health Service Executive Health Protection Surveillance Center, the number of measles cases in Ireland rose 149 percent from 2009 to 2010. Read More »

Challenge initiated to create rapid diagnostic tool

Grand Challenges Canada has teamed up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on a global effort to discover and develop easy-to-use, affordable tools to help health workers in developing countries to rapidly diagnose diseases. Read More »

U.K. man detained for TB treatment

A man in the United Kingdom has been detained under the Public Health Act to prevent him from developing a rare strain of tuberculosis that can be difficult to treat. Read More »

FDA approves testing of experimental HIV vaccine

After two decades of research, a group of Canadian scientists has gained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin testing an experimental HIV vaccine on humans. Read More »

Immunization rates hit record high in New Zealand

Recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough during the New Zealand winter have pushed immunization rates in that country to record highs. Read More »

Researchers pinpoint malaria's entry point on red blood cells

Researchers at the University of Oxford have identified a protein that targets a protein receptor that malaria parasites use to gain entrance into red blood cells. Read More »

Haiti's dry season lowers cholera rates

As Haiti settles into its dry season, humanitarian groups are noticing a steady decline in the number of cholera cases. Read More »

Warm temperatures shown to slow malaria transmission

A study published on Wednesday in the journal Biology Letters finds that warmer temperatures seem to slow the transmission of malaria-causing parasites by reducing how infectious they are. Read More »

NIAID testing chikungunya fever vaccine

An experimental vaccine to prevent chikungunya fever is being tested for safety and efficacy by researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Read More »

Hong Kong raises bird flu alert level to "serious"

Hong Kong recently raised its bird flu alert level to Read More »

Scientists engineer malaria blocking mosquito immune systems

Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute scientists have demonstrated that the innate immune system of the anopheles mosquito can be genetically engineered to block the transmission of malaria-causing parasites to humans. Read More »

Texas professor developing paper-based tuberculosis test

Andy Ellington, a professor of chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, has received a $1.6 million grant from Grand Challenges in Global Health to develop a simple, paper-based test for drug-resistant tuberculosis. Read More »

Kenyan woman dies of suspected Ebola infection

A woman in Kenya recently died of a suspected Ebola infection as she was rushed to a hospital in a taxi. Read More »

Dengue infection raises risk of future infection

A new study details how becoming infected with the dengue virus once can put people at greater risk for infection in the future. Read More »

CDC confirms two more novel flu infections

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed two more novel flu infections on Friday - an H3N2 variant identified in 11 other patients this year and an H1N1 variant never before reported in humans. Read More »

Malaria deaths down by 25 percent in the last decade

According to the World Health Organization, malaria deaths have fallen by over 25 percent in the last decade due to a coordinated attack on the disease, though the progress remains fragile. Read More »