TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016

Cholera death toll continues to rise in Haiti

Health officials in Haiti said on Friday that the overall number of deaths caused by cholera in the Caribbean country since October has increased to 6,453. Read More »

One in 10 parents delaying vaccinations

A national study recently found that more than one in 10 parents delay or reject U.S. government-recommended vaccinations, mainly because of safety concerns. Read More »

Second dengue fever case reported in Miami-Dade County

Health officials recently disclosed the second locally acquired case of dengue fever this year in Miami-Dade County, warning the second case means that the disease is now endemic in the county. Read More »

European health officials warn of need for MMR vaccinations

A leading European health official is urging doctors to do more to ensure that parents have their children vaccinated with the MMR vaccine. Read More »

San Diego bus riders potentially exposed to TB

Local health officials recently issued a warning that a San Diego area bus rider recently diagnosed with tuberculosis may have spread the disease to other commuters. Read More »

Measles outbreak in New Zealand grows

There is currently little sign that a measles outbreak that began in Auckland, New Zealand, in May is being brought under control. Read More »

Ninety-seven percent of Arizona children vaccinated

Approximately 97 percent of Arizona children are up to date on their shots, but health officials are concerned about the growing number of parents who refuse to get their kids vaccinated. Read More »

New TB protein that stops production of immune cell protein discovered

Ohio State University researchers have determined that the tuberculosis bacterium contains a unique molecule on its outer surface that stops production of a protein in the immune cells that maintains it in a latent state. Read More »

Biden's brother released from hospital after powder scare

Francis Biden, the brother of Vice President Joe Biden, was hospitalized overnight after a white powder from a manila envelope sent from India fell onto his skin upon opening the mail. Read More »

XOMA awarded contract to develop botulism antitoxins

XOMA Ltd. has been awarded a new contract for up to $28 million over five years to develop broad-spectrum antitoxins for the treatment of human botulism poisoning. Read More »

Mumps outbreak reported at California university

Campus officials at the University of California - Berkeley recently announced an outbreak of mumps on campus. Read More »

WHO calls for Souther Hemisphere flu vaccine to use same strains as last year

The World Health Organization recently recommended using the same three strains in next year Read More »

CDC awards contract for worldwide flu virus fight

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a five year, multi-million dollar contract to New Zealand's Institute of Environmental Science and Research to combat the flu virus around the world. Read More »

DNA vaccine made H5N1 vaccine more effective

According to research by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a vaccine for H5N1 avian influenza was more effective in patients who had previously received a DNA vaccine. Read More »

Gates Foundation funds polio eradication effort in Nigeria

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced on Wednesday that it would reward $500,000 to states that can eradicate polio in Nigeria in 2012. Read More »

California mumps outbreak grows

A mumps outbreak on the campus of the University of California - Berkeley has grown, with six people confirmed infected and 13 people undergoing testing. Read More »

Smoking could lead to 40 million TB deaths by 2050

Smoking could potentially contribute to the tuberculosis deaths of 40 million people worldwide by 2050. Read More »

Nursing home influenza vaccination rates lagging

Nursing home influenza vaccination rates in the United States are significantly lower than rates set by U.S. regulators and are lower still for black residents, a new report has revealed. Read More »

H1N1 epidemic was more dangerous in Mexico, study reveals

The 2009 H1N1 epidemic appears to have been more dangerous than most seasonal flu pandemics, as well as more lethal, in Mexico, than in other countries. Read More »

Second Texas high school reports TB case

Denton High School in Denton, Texas, recently learned of a suspected case of tuberculosis in a 16-year-old student. Read More »