SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017

Worst U.S. TB outbreak in decades was not made public

Despite a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report detailing the worst U.S. tuberculosis outbreak in 20 years, Florida health officials continued to push for the closure of a local TB hospital. Read More »

Louisiana confirms three new cases of West Nile virus

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed three new cases of West Nile virus in the state, including a potentially fatal Vernon Parish case. Read More »

Cuban government confirms 85 cholera cases

There have been 85 cases of cholera confirmed in Cuba since the beginning of an outbreak on the island's eastern half last week. Read More »

Washington hospital worker may have exposed hundreds to pertussis

A hospital worker in Everett, Washington, is believed to have potentially exposed hundreds of people to whooping cough. Read More »

Researchers attempt to overcome issues to develop effective TB vaccine in South Africa

While scientists have made progress to advance the development pipeline for a new tuberculosis vaccine in South Africa, more advances has been stalled by several gaps and challenges. Read More »

Fear of drive-thru flu clinics unfounded

A recent review of drive-thru influenza clinics found fears of fainting risks and subsequent automobile accidents to be unfounded. Read More »

CIA interference may have hurt polio cause

Pakistani officials report that the national polio drive was negatively impacted after the CIA staged a fake vaccination campaign to gather information and DNA samples from Osama Bin Laden's compound. Read More »

EMA authorizes use of first artemisinin combination therapy

The European Medicines Agency recently approved the drug Eurartesim, the first artemisinin combination therapy, for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria. Read More »

Brazilian scientists breed GM mosquitoes to halt dengue spread

Researchers in Brazil have created a method to genetically modify male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and release them into the wild to drastically reduce the mosquito population and prevent dengue from spreading. Read More »

NIH study develops vaccine and antibiotic stabilizer

National Institutes of Health researchers have announced a new silk-based stabilizer that kept some antibiotics and vaccines stable at temperatures of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Read More »

Number of cholera cases in Cuba increases

Cuban health officials recently announced that the number of confirmed cholera cases in the nation has risen from 85 to 110. Read More »

Possible measles case reported in Illinois

Health Officials in Winnebago County, Illinois, are investigating reports that a four-year-old child has been infected with the measles. Read More »

Flu season spreads through Southeastern Australia

Southeastern Australia is experiencing a rise in influenza cases this year, with twice as many confirmed infections as the same time last year. Read More »

Washington state whooping cough outbreak continues

The whooping cough epidemic in Washington state continues to spread after rising to 2,883 reported cases of the disease. Read More »

Jamaica to adopt cholera prevention measures

Health officials in Jamaica recently announced that they are taking precautions to prevent the spread of cholera to the island. Read More »

Florida senator calls for investigation into state TB hospital's closure amid outbreak

Florida State Senator Maria Sachs (D-Fla.) called for the reopening of the A.G. Holley State Hospital in Florida in the wake of the nation's largest tuberculosis outbreak in 20 years. Read More »

Vaccine against HIV could be close

Researchers say that a licensed vaccine against HIV could be close, particularly after successes with a 2009 Thailand clinical trial that was the first to show the prevention of HIV infection in humans. Read More »

MVA85A TB vaccine undergoes pivotal trials

The MVA85A tuberculosis vaccine, the most clinically advanced new vaccine against the potentially deadly disease, is undergoing two phase IIb proof-of-concept clinical studies to provide important data on the vaccine and the disease. Read More »

Cuban official insists cholera outbreak under control

Cuba's national director of epidemiology recently announced that the nation's cholera outbreak has not spread and that the government has not tried to cover up the number of people infected. Read More »

Key West residents oppose plan to release GM mosquitoes to fight dengue fever

Nearly 100,000 people have joined an online campaign against a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes to fight dengue fever in the Florida Keys. Read More »