Washington state facing higher whooping cough numbers than 2011

State health officials recently reported that cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, are on the rise in Washington. Read More »

Gene variant that increases flu risk found

Researchers with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Center for Respiratory Infection at Imperial College London have linked a variant of a gene with increased flu hospitalization risk in the general population. Read More »

GenVec receives grant to support its malaria vaccine program

GenVec, Inc., a Gaithersburg, Maryland-based biopharmaceutical company that develops vaccines and therapeutics, announced on Monday that it has received a grant to support the company's malaria vaccine program. Read More »

Two drug combination shows effectiveness in fighting TB

A combination of two drugs already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows promise in treating tuberculosis patients. Read More »

British measles outbreak called the worst since the introduction of the MMR vaccine

The U.K. Health Protection Agency recently called the measles outbreak in Merseyside County the worst in the region since the introduction of the MMR vaccine. Read More »

Elderly tourists more at risk for malaria than younger tourists

According to an United Kingdom study, elderly tourists who have visited a malaria-infected country are almost 10 times more likely to die from malaria than younger tourists. Read More »

World losing ground in malaria fight because of lack of Global Fund grants

According to the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, the world has lost ground on efforts to improve tuberculosis and AIDS treatment due to the Global Fund's termination of new grants. Read More »

Indoensia reports sixth H5N1 influenza death

The Indonesian health ministry recently announced the country's sixth H5N1 avian influenza death this year. Read More »

Mass cholera vaccination program stalls in Haiti

A mass cholera vaccination campaign has stalled in Haiti while thousands wait to be inoculated. Read More »

Vical develops malaria vaccine that prevents transmission

Vical Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical research and development company, announced on Wednesday that researchers at Ehime University in Japan have developed a malaria vaccine candidate using Vical's DNA plasmid backbone and adjuvant. Read More »

TB cases in New Mexico failed to decline in the last two years

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, despite a decline in the number of tuberculosis cases in the United States in 2011, the amount of cases in New Mexico stayed the same. Read More »

U.S. to aid Pakistan in TB fight

A United States funded survey to help Pakistan fight tuberculosis is expected to significantly enhance the country's ability to combat the illness. Read More »

Mass. elementary school faces measles scare

Public health officials in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, recently announced that they are taking precautions after discovering a potential measles case at a nearby elementary school. Read More »

Vaccines could save Michigan's economy $500 million

According to a report released on Thursday by the Michigan Primary Care Consortium, Michigan's economy would improve by approximately $500 million if residents were immunized against infectious diseases like influenza and pneumonia. Read More »

U.S. lab deployed to Mexico for disease outbreak surveillance

A U.S.-built advanced mobile biocontainment laboratory has been deployed to the Mexican state of Tabasco to provide the country with biosurveillance for disease outbreaks. Read More »

Influenza surveillance is critically flawed, experts warn

A recent analysis by a leading U.S. scientific journal determined that current global H5N1 avian influenza surveillance is critically flawed. Read More »

Katharine McPhee launches anti-malaria trip

Singer and actress Katharine McPhee recently began a charity-sponsored trip to Africa in order to raise awareness of the struggle against malaria. Read More »