Global travel aiding in spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria

Researchers recently warned that the ease of global travel has helped to give bacteria an increased resistance to antibiotics and will leave doctors in a struggle to help infected patients. Read More »

Canadian groups call for changes to public health system

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Malawi records 197 measles deaths in 2010

Malawi has seen 197 deaths so far this year as the result of a measles outbreak, which is the highest number of deaths recorded from measles in the last decade, health ministry officials recently announced. Read More »

Thailand facing rising dengue fever infections

Thailand's health minister recently announced that more than 50,000 citizens have been infected with dengue fever so far this year, resulting in 63 deaths. Read More »

New methods of preventing MRSA revealed

Two studies have emerged that suggest there may be ways to prevent infections caused by the drug resistant bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA. Read More »

Belgian man first to die from new "super-bug"

A Belgian man has become the first known to die from an infection caused by bacteria containing an enzyme gene called New Delhi metallo-lactamase-1, or NDM-1. Read More »

West Nile virus found in Boston

Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus have been found in Boston for the first time this summer, public health officials have announced. Read More »

Eastern equine encephalitis causes four Florida deaths

A mosquito-borne horse illness has claimed four Florida lives in the last two months, according to state public health officials. Read More »

Global health initiatives against specific diseases may do more harm than good

A study conducted in Mali found that global health initiatives in developing countries to control specific diseases can often work against public health by diverting much needed resources. Read More »

U.N. begins preparedness exercise

The United Nations kicked off a four-day pandemic preparedness exercise this week in southeast Asia with the intent to increase the region Read More »

Positive results reported from flu vaccination challenge

Joint Commission Resources has announced the successful results of its second annual Flu Vaccination Challenge. Read More »

Susceptibility to meningitis pinpointed

There are genetic differences that make some people susceptible to meningococcal meningitis and septicemia and leave others immune, according to recently released research. Read More »

U.S. bans CSL influenza vaccine

Following febrile fits and deaths in children, the United States and Europe have banned an influenza vaccine for use in children produced by CSL, Ltd.. Read More »

Major drug stores ramp up flu vaccine availability

While seasonal flu shots are already available in many local pharmacies across the country, retail pharmacy chains have begun changing their marketing plans to include new recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Read More »

Whooping cough cases in San Diego County continue to rise

The number of whooping cough cases in San Diego County has risen to 384 cases, surpassing the previous record set in 2005 at 371 cases. Read More »

Teen vaccination rates on the rise

Vaccination rates among U.S. teens have increased, though they are still below the desired level and also below rates for younger children. Read More »

Department of Health and Human Services outlines national vaccine strategy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a new report outlining a more aggressive national strategy for the production of medical countermeasures used to new viruses or superbugs in emergency situations. Read More »

WNBA supports Measles Initiative

The WNBA has teamed with the American Red Cross to support the Measles Initiative. Read More »

Four Indian children die after receiving measles shot

Four children in Lucknow, India, died after being administered the measles vaccine followed by a vitamin A solution on August 20. Read More »

Pre-exposure to H1N1 may protect against H5N1

A recent study has revealed that pre-exposure to the H1N1 influenza virus, or a single dose of DNA vaccine encoding H5N1 influenza proteins, can be useful in protecting the human body from H5N1 influenza virus infection. Read More »