Nigeria has highest number of malaria cases worldwide

Onyebuchi Chukwu, the minister of health for Nigeria, announced that recent successes with malaria case reduction must be continued if the country is to reduce its high number of cases. Read More »

Oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 may spread

A recent study showed that a cluster of 2009 H1N1 virus cases that were resistant to oseltamivir and responsible for illnesses in Australia last year maintained their fitness when the resistance mutation was present. Read More »

Minnesota teen diagnosed with TB

A Minnesota high school student was recently diagnosed with active TB. Read More »

New Mexico records first infant pertussis death since 2005

An infant in San Miguel County, New Mexico, recently died as a result of a pertussis, or whooping cough, infection. Read More »

UGA professor tracks TB with social networks

A professor from the University of Georgia will study how tuberculosis moves from person to person in Uganda to aid researchers in understanding how common respiratory illnesses transmit worldwide. Read More »

New H1N1 stem discovery could lead to universal flu vaccines

Researchers with the University of British Columbia may have found a way to create vaccines that attack most flu viruses at once and do away with the need for seasonal flu vaccinations. Read More »

Haiti begins major measles, mumps vaccination campaign

Health officials in Haiti hope to vaccinate 95 percent of children under the age of 10 against measles and mumps in the coming weeks. Read More »

Nigeria to receive 30 million courses of antimalarial medication

Public health officials in Nigeria recently said that 30 million courses of affordable malaria treatment drugs are expected to be sent to the country before the end of the year. Read More »

IDRI and Aeras sign TB vaccine agreement

The Infectious Disease Research Institute and Aeras signed a new agreement on Wednesday to conduct joint development activities for IDRI's novel tuberculosis vaccine candidate. Read More »

Crowd-sourcing game could be gateway to disease diagnosis

UCLA researchers have developed on online game that enables players to separate healthy blood cells from malaria-infected ones, giving non-scientists the ability to identify the parasite almost as accurately as a trained professional. Read More »

Pertussis outbreak reported in Kansas

Health officials in Johnson County, Kansas, are warning residents to protect their children from an outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough. Read More »

Global Fund to donate $1.6 billion to HIV/AIDS programs

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently announced that it will donate an additional $1.6 billion to new commitments over the next three years. Read More »

Two-thirds of child deaths in 2010 caused by preventable infectious diseases

Approximately two-thirds of the 7.6 million deaths of children under the age of five worldwide were the result of preventable infectious diseases in 2010, according to a recent Johns Hopkins University study. Read More »

WHO issues malaria alert for travelers to India

The World Health Organization alerted international travelers this week that the risk of malaria in India exists throughout the country the entire year at altitudes lower than 2,000 meters. Read More »

Scientists developing new methods to identify vaccine components

A new functional screening method is being developed to speed vaccine production and increase safety and efficacy. Read More »

Washington state enlists federal help to fight pertussis outbreak

Investigators from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were recently dispatched to Washington state to help determine what has caused a growing pertussis, or whooping cough, outbreak. Read More »

Phase I enrollment for A/H5N1 influenza vaccine trial begins

Novavax, Inc., a Rockville, Maryland-based clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, has started enrollment for its second phase I clinical trial for a monovalent virus-like particle vaccine candidate against A/H5N1 avian influenza viruses. Read More »

Montana county experiences heightened number of whooping cough cases

Health officials in Flathead County, Montana, recently reported five additional cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the county to 13. Read More »

Malaria deaths among Sudan refugees dropping

The United Nations recently reported that malaria deaths among refugees living along the Sudan border have dropped since the implementation of malaria-reduction strategies. Read More »

WHO fears TB resurgence

The World Health Organization recently warned that tuberculosis could become incurable if governments fail to act. Read More »