SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017

Zimbabwe reaches 95 percent childhood immunization rate

Zimbabwe has reached its goal rate of vaccinating 95 percent of children throughout the country against polio and measles, according to a health official. Read More »

Fla. surgeon general: Community not at risk for TB

John Armstrong, the Florida Department of Health's surgeon general, said during a meeting at the Florida Times-Union with multiple health officials that the community is not at risk for tuberculosis. Read More »

Parents less likely to develop cold and flu

A new study suggests that parents are more resistant to colds and flu than those without children. Read More »

Militant commanders in Pakistan ban polio vaccine

Militant leaders in two districts of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas recently declared that polio vaccination teams would not be allowed to conduct a three day campaign in those areas, leaving approximately 250,000 children without protection from the crippling disease. Read More »

Polio vaccination volunteer attacked in Pakistan

The nose of a polio vaccination volunteer was broken in Islamabad, Pakistan, this week by a man who refused to allow his children to receive the vaccine for fear of a Western conspiracy. Read More »

Chembio signs $480k agreement with CDC contractor for influenza test

Chembio Diagnostics, Inc., a New York-based diagnostic test development company, signed a follow-on, milestone-based $480,000 development agreement for its influenza immunity test with a contractor for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention this week. Read More »

Study on Haitian cholera epidemic reignites controversy

A recent study pointing to a more complex set of causes behind the cholera epidemic in Haiti has reignited controversy over who deserves to be blamed for spreading the disease. Read More »

African Union unveils response plan against infectious HIV, TB and malaria

The African Union recently adopted a new strategic response plan to help in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Read More »

Draft House bill to flat fund NIH at $30.6 billion

The House of Representatives released a draft spending bill this week that gives the National Institutes of Health a flat budget of $30.6 billion in 2013. Read More »

Taliban polio vaccine ban may affect 280,000 children

The Taliban has imposed a ban on polio vaccinations that could affect approximately 280,000 children living in tribal areas of northwest Pakistan, according to estimates from the World Health Organization. Read More »

Lawmakers push for national strategy to stop Lyme disease

A group of lawmakers is calling for a national strategy to fight Lyme disease that will allow for faster and more effective diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease. Read More »

Dengue fever kills 60 children in Cambodia between January and June

Between January and June, dengue fever killed 60 children in Cambodia, which is up from 23 deaths during the same time period in 2011. Read More »

Outbreak of cholera kills 62 in Sierra Leone

An outbreak of cholera has killed 62 people in Sierra Leone in less than a month, according to the West African country's health ministry. Read More »

Measles case identified in Flagstaff, Ariz.

A case of measles has been reported in a Flagstaff, Arizona, child who was most likely contagious between July 4 and July 12. Read More »

CDC says U.S. pertussis outbreak could be worst in 50 years

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that the United States is on track to record its worst outbreak of whooping cough in more than 50 years. Read More »

Pitt scientists developing universal flu vaccine

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh are working to develop a universal flu vaccine capable of protecting against multiple strains of the illness. Read More »

Severe flu may double Parkinson's risk

Incidence of severe flu may double the odds of getting Parkinson's disease later in life, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia and the Pacific Parkinson's Research Center. Read More »

Zimbabwe typhoid outbreak result of water shortages

An outbreak of typhoid in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, is the result of water shortages and sewer issues, according to an official with the country's health ministry. Read More »

Officials declare West Nile epidemic in North Texas

Public health officials in North Texas recently declared that the region is facing a West Nile virus epidemic. Read More »

WHO issues pandemic influenza surveillance standards

The World Health Organization recently released a set of standards designed to improve the global collection and use of influenza data. Read More »