FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2017

Pertussis spreads through Kansas county

Twenty-one new cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, have been reported in Johnson County, Kansas, in the past week, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of the disease to 111. Read More »

Vaccination against 2009 H1N1 protects against multiple strains

Researchers have determined that vaccination against the pandemic 2009 H1N1 vaccine can generate antibodies against other influenza virus strains as well, including H3N2 and H5N1. Read More »

NIH study shows poor quality antimalarials a danger

A new U.S. National Institutes of Health study shows that poor quality antimalarial drugs can lead to increased drug resistance and inadequate treatment. Read More »

U.K. to require TB screening as visa requirement

The United Kingdom Home Office recently announced that people from 67 "high risk" countries will have to be screened for tuberculosis before being granted a visa for a stay more than six months. Read More »

Second case of TB confirmed at USF

A University of South Florida student was confirmed on Tuesday as the second case of tuberculosis at the university this year, according to the Hillsborough County Health Department. Read More »

WHO relying on social media for critical surveillance

The head of communications at the World Health Organization recently said that social media has fundamentally changed the way the group conducts global health surveillance. Read More »

U.K. MPs urge more money for Global Fund

Members of the British Parliament are urging the United Kingdom to give more money to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Read More »

Oxford Emergent Tuberculosis Consortium presents at Power of Vaccines event

Adam Stoten, the deputy general manager of the Oxford Emergent Tuberculosis Consortium, recently made a presentation on the progress of new tuberculosis vaccine candidates at the Power of Vaccines symposium. Read More »

Anti-inflammatory drugs could increase severe malaria survival rate

A new class of anti-inflammatory agents could improve survival in severe malaria cases by preventing the immune system from causing tissue and brain damage. Read More »

Babies exposed to TB in Calif. hospitals

Officials in California's Solano and Sacramento counties were urgently tracking down the parents of 35 babies on Tuesday to warn them that the infants were exposed to tuberculosis in two hospital neonatal intensive care units. Read More »

Dominican Republic cholera outbreak hospitalizes 60

A suspected outbreak of cholera in the Dominican Republic has lead to the hospitalization of at least 60 people. Read More »

Lucigen receives grant to develop influenza screen

Lucigen Corp. recently received a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to develop a new type of influenza test. Read More »

California TB patient denied release from jail

San Joaquin County Judge Brett Morgan denied a request for release from a California tuberculosis patient who was jailed and charged for allegedly refusing to take medication to keep his tuberculosis from spreading. Read More »

WHO: Nigeria and other African countries need $2.4B to stop malaria

The World Health Organization released a report this week warning Nigeria and other African countries in which malaria is endemic will require approximately $2.4 billion to stop the disease from spreading. Read More »

Measles outbreak in southern Ireland grows

Seventeen new case of measles have been reported during the last six days in an outbreak in southern Ireland. Read More »

Chan appointed to second term as WHO director

The World Health Assembly, currently meeting in Geneva, appointed Dr. Margaret Chan for a second term as director-general of the World Health Organization. Read More »

Experts meet on latest advancements in TB research

The international "TB Vaccines for the World" conference was held this week, bringing together international experts on tuberculosis research for three days in Orlando, Florida. Read More »

World Health Assembly endorses new GVAP for measles and rubella

The 194 countries that make up the World Health Assembly resolved their commitment to meeting measles and rubella elimination goals on Friday by creating a new Global Vaccine Actions Plan. Read More »

Scientists say identifying TB hotspots could reduce transmission

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health determined that reducing tuberculosis in high-transmission hotspots could significantly reduce the spread of the disease on a broader scale. Read More »

Muslim scholars, leaders to help fight polio

Muslim women and religious leaders in the last three polio endemic countries have agreed to help fight the crippling childhood disease. Read More »