TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

GAVI Alliance provides $162M for measles outbreaks

The board of the GAVI Alliance decided on Wednesday to provide as much as an additional $162 million to prevent and control measles outbreaks in developing countries. Read More »

Sanaria, Inc., announces $3M NIAID SBIR grant for malaria vaccine studies

Sanaria, Inc., and the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research announced on Thursday that it has received a multi-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for malaria vaccine studies. Read More »

China releases disease data for May

The Chinese Ministry of Health recently reported that it had confirmed nearly one million cases of infectious disease infection in May on the Chinese mainland that resulted in 1,575 deaths. Read More »

Sterilization system proves effective against TB

Medizone, Inc., recently reported that its newly launched disinfectant technology, AsepticSure, was 100 percent effective against tuberculosis in a series of three successive trials. Read More »

Immune Network announces completion of phase II TB treatment trial

Immune Network, Ltd., a Vancouver, British Columbia-based biotechnology company, announced the completion of a phase II tuberculosis trial on Sunday to determine if an oral, inactivated, whole cell Mycobacterium could reduce treatment duration. Read More »

Taliban bans polio vaccine

Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan, announced on Saturday that polio vaccines will be banned in North Waziristan unless the United States stops its campaign of drone strikes in the area. Read More »

WHO issues conclusions from 2011-2012 flu season

The World Health Organization recently released a report detailing its findings about the 2011-12 influenza season in the Northern Hemisphere. Read More »

Cholera cases drop in Haiti as rainy season ends

Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, has seen a dramatic drop in the number of reported cholera cases as the annual rainy season concludes. Read More »

Polio and measles drives launched in Zimbabwe

A massive immunization campaign attempting to immunize approximately two million children under the age of five against polio and measles launched in Zimbabwe on Monday. Read More »

Second cholera strain identified in Haiti epidemic

Researchers in the United States have determined that a second strain of cholera was involved in the Haiti epidemic in 2010-2011 that killed an estimated 7,500 people and sickened 500,000. Read More »

Parents in Oregon refusing vaccines sharply increases

The number of parents delaying infant vaccinations has risen sharply in Oregon, raising experts' fears of potential outbreaks. Read More »

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., enters $220 million vaccine partnership with BARDA

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., recently announced plans to establish a center dedicated to the advanced development of medical countermeasures. Read More »

Researchers to engineer yeast to detect cholera

A Columbia University researcher is trying to chemically engineer a simple yeast to detect cholera-causing bacteria in the feces of infected people or in the water supplies of infected areas. Read More »

Tuberculosis in Maryland county doubles national average

The rate of tuberculosis among residents of Montgomery County, Maryland, is double the national average, according to data from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Read More »

NVIDIA GPUs used to power H1N1 research

Technology company NVIDIA recently announced that its graphics processing units are playing a vital role in new H1N1 influenza research. Read More »

NCOA launches vaccine initiative for elderly

The National Council on Aging recently began a campaign aimed at educating older adults about the importance of influenza immunization. Read More »

St. Helens hit by measles outbreak

St. Helens, a town in Merseyside, United Kingdom, has experienced 10 measles cases since the start of the year, making it the most widespread measles outbreak in the area since the 1980s. Read More »

India could be breeding ground for resistant TB strain

A tuberculosis expert is concerned that a mutant strain of the bacteria in India could turn the disease into a fatal plague resistant to all modern treatments. Read More »

Polio eradication program faces major funding shorfall

Polio experts recently said that a funding shortfall is jeopardizing global efforts to eradicate the crippling viral disease. Read More »

Spread of diabetes in Africa linked to malaria infection

A recently published study linked the spread of type 2 diabetes in Africa to an increased risk of malaria infection. Read More »