Intranasal virus-like particle vaccine shown to be effective against influenza A virus

A study published Tuesday in mBios, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) journal, has found that an intranasal virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine offers broad protection to mice against several subtypes of influenza A virus. Read More »

HHS partnership furthers development of potential Ebola drug

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Wednesday its Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) recently partnered with the Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) to further develop and create a drug to treat the Ebola virus. The experimental drug is related to Mapp Biopharmaceuticals’ ZMapp, which was used in tobacco plants. Read More »

Health officials discuss elimination of polio in Africa

Health officials recently met to discuss the best ways to maintain the eradication of polio in Ethiopia and Africa, a meeting held in light of an outbreak of wild polio virus in the Horn of Africa. Read More »

Marken provides direct shipments for MERS outbreak patients

Marken, a leading clinical trial logistics organization that offers services and solutions to the life sciences industry, recently gained government approval to provide the first direct-to-patient shipment of treatments to South Korea for the Middle East Respiratory System (MERS) outbreak. Read More »

Generic heart disease medications may treat Ebola

Researchers recently found that generic medications that are used to manage heart disease patients may also significantly strengthen patients’ immune systems against Ebola and similar life-threatening diseases. Read More »

HHS chooses regional centers to be special pathogen treatment sites

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Friday it has chosen nine health departments and associated partner hospitals as special regional treatment centers in order to improve the nation’s response capabilities to infectious diseases, such as Ebola. Read More »

HHS exploring quick, easy test for Ebola infections

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) said Friday it will continue to pursue the development of a fast, easy diagnostic test for Ebola that it can be used in hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics or field settings. The new diagnostics test, called OraQuick, provides test results within just 20 minutes, making it the fastest Ebola test yet. Read More »

Gavi to heighten engagement with countries transitioning into Vaccine Alliance

The Vaccine Alliance recently announced a series of actions that will support the new goals of the Alliance’s 2016-20 strategy, and the Gavi Board has chosen to assist the countries making the transition into the new practices. Read More »

WHO partners refocus on how to measure country health program impact

WHO, World Bank and USAID agree accurate and timely health are foundation to improving public health. Read More »

Avian influenza quarantines end in two North Dakota counties

North Dakota's State Board of Animal Health recently concluded the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 quarantines that stopped all transfer for poultry and poultry products within LaMoure and Dickey counties. Read More »

$50 million grant seeks to combat cholera in Haiti

The International Development Association (IDA) recently donated $50 million to improve sanitation and provide clean water in the small towns and rural regions affected by cholera in Haiti. Read More »

Americas region first to be officially declared rubella-free

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) leaders announced a historic milestone in Washington, D.C., on April 29, by declaring the Americas region the world’s first to be rubella-free. Read More »

South Dakota senators urge USDA to combat avian influenza

U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-SD) and John Thune (R-SD) recently mailed a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Thomas Vilsack, asking that the USDA provide assistance to control the H5N2 avian influenza virus that has been discovered on poultry farms in the state of South Dakota. Read More »

HHS announces Secretary’s Ventures projects for 2015

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced funding through the Secretary’s Ventures program for three projects for 2015 that will be lead by entrepreneurial teams within the HHS. Read More »

Protection of vaccinators urged to eradicate polio

Experts agree that in order to successfully eradicate polio, vaccinators must be protected as they fulfill their duties, Global Health Council Executive Director Christine Sow said Monday in a blog posting. Read More »

Partnership targets measles immunizations for children in Pakistan

A campaign for measles vaccination in Pakistan fully relies on partnerships between various people: government authorities, health workers, and international partners. Read More »

Freshwater compound may help fight drug-resistant TB

Antimicrobial from Lake Michigan effective at treating TB Read More »

Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals to present HBV and HCV treatment candidate

Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that creates novel therapeutics to treat viral infections, has recently announced that a company representative will present its lead drug candidate, SB 9200, for treating infections of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Read More »

USDA temporarily bans avian imports from Ontario, Canada

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has temporarily banned the importation of commercial birds, poultry, research and performing birds, avian hatching eggs and ratites from Ontario, Canada, in an effort to prevent highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) from spreading through America’s commercial poultry industry, the agency said on Saturday. Read More »

World Bank financially supports eliminating polio in Nigeria

The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors recently approved $200 million from the International Development Association to financially support eliminating polio and sustaining routine vaccinations in Nigeria for children under 5 years old and women of childbearing age. Read More »