WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017

World Bank approves grant to fight cholera in Haiti

The Board of Directors of the World Bank has approved a $15 million grant to help fight the cholera outbreak in Haiti, boosting the country's medical response and enhancing its ability to prevent future outbreaks. Read More »

New TB vaccine could protect before and after exposure

A new tuberculosis vaccine developed by a team of scientists at the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen may be able to offer protection both before and after exposure to the tuberculosis causing Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. Read More »

Pakistan launches polio vaccination drives

To reverse an alarming surge of polio cases, Asif Ali Zardari, the president of Pakistan, is launching an emergency drive to immunize 32 million children. Read More »

Reports of corruption rise in Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The $21.7 billion Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, backed by major celebrities and meant to serve as an alternative to the United Nations, has seen as much as two-thirds of its grants disappear through corruption. Read More »

Multi-resistant malaria becoming common on Cambodian border

Malaria resistant to almost every anti-malarial drug has taken hold in the border region between Cambodia and Thailand. Read More »

Haitian cholera epidemic slows

The cholera epidemic that has gripped Haiti over the last few months appears to be waning, with the number of cases dropping sharply across the country. Read More »

Michigan sees pertussis cases spike

Michigan state health officials have reported that whooping cough cases have risen sharply over the past few years and that more adults, especially those who have contact with babies should be vaccinated to prevent the spread. Read More »

Rotravirus vaccine results in significant decline in hospitalizations

A study published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal has found a significant decline in children hospitalized for rotavirus in countries that have included rotavirus vaccines in their routine immunization programs. Read More »

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., announces Phase Ib/II studies in fight against chronic lymphocytic leukemia

The Rockville, Maryland-based Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., recently announced the commencement of Phase Ib/II studies of TRU-016, its candidate to help in the fight against chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Read More »

Mauritania sees first confirmed chikungunya case

Maya Hanoomanjee, the Mauritian Minister of Health, recently set up an emergency committee to prevent the spread of chikungunya disease in the wake of the country Read More »

Malaria countermeasures for pregnant women underutilized, study says

A recent study published in The Lancet has found that the methods used to protect pregnant women from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa are underutilized and that this coverage needs to be scaled up. Read More »

Epixvax receives grant to create universal flu vaccine

The Providence, Rhode Island, immunology company EpiVax Inc. has received a two year, $458,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases division to create a universal influenza vaccine. Read More »

Texas county facing second TB case in one month

Nurses in Dallas County, Texas, will be offering tuberculosis testing for the second time this month to students and teachers that were exposed to a student who tested positive for the disease. Read More »

Malaysia releases mosquitoes to fight dengue fever

Malaysian scientists recently released 6,000 genetically altered mosquitoes into a forest in an experiment to fight dengue fever in Asia. Read More »

New system allows for four years of unrefrigerated storage of vaccines

A system developed and patented by Edinburgh, Scotland-based scientist and entrepreneur Spyridon "Ross" Tsakas may prolong the lifespan of vaccines so that they may be stored without refrigeration for up to four years. Read More »

Mozambique inaugurates new TB lab

Alexandre Manguele, Mozambique's Health Minister, has inaugurated Mozambique's largest tuberculosis laboratory, which has been rehabilitated and equipped in the country's largest hospital - the Maputo Central Hospital - to diagnose even the most resistant Read More »

Cholera vaccination campaigns may reduce cases

Two studies released this week have shown that launching cholera vaccination campaigns in response to cholera outbreaks may be an effective method of reducing the number of cases and deaths. Read More »

U.S. and Russia team up to fight polio

The U.S. government and the Russian Federation Government have signed a Protocol of Intent on Cooperation for the Global Eradication of Polio to counteract the recent polio outbreaks in Central Asia and Russia. Read More »

Germany to halt payments to global fund

Germany will halt all of its scheduled payments to a global health fund worth $21.7 billion until it gets answers about allegations of corruption. Read More »

Cholera bacteria becoming more deadly

The cholera bacterium is more deadly today than previous types have been, scientists recently reported, and they have urged that vaccinations be given immediately in the case of an outbreak. Read More »