Pain drug could kill drug-resistant TB

Weill Cornell Medical College researchers have found that an off-patent anti-inflammatory drug can kill replicating and non-replicating drug-resistant tuberculosis in a laboratory. Read More »

New bird flu strain appears in Vietnam

A new bird flu strain has unexpectedly developed in Vietnam, spreading widely through seven central and northern provinces of the nation in August, according to the National Animal Health Diagnosis Center. Read More »

CDC report details U.S. childhood immunizations

A recent report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the percentage of U.S. toddlers who are receiving the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine remains above the 90 percent target range. Read More »

Researchers to present findings on germ-killing oral spray

A team of scientists from University Hospitals - Case Medical Center will present research at a conference in California showing that a new oral antiseptic spray is capable of eliminating 99.9 percent of infectious airborne germs. Read More »

Cholera epidemic kills 255 in Sierra Leone

The worst outbreak of cholera in Sierra Leone in 15 years has killed 255 people, according to the World Health Organization. Read More »

Early dengue vaccine test results are encouraging

An early test of a dengue vaccine did not yield ideal results, but scientists say that the study represents encouraging news in the battle against the disease. Read More »

HHS awards $25 billion against avian influenza

The United States government recently awarded five contracts worth up to $25 billion for the development of medical countermeasures against H5N1 avian influenza. Read More »

California infants exposed to TB likely not infected

California public health officials said that it is unlikely that any of the eight infants recently exposed to tuberculosis at a neonatal intensive care unit in a Sacramento Hospital will contract the disease. Read More »

Researchers determine swine flu strains could mutate and infect humans

Scientists published research on Monday that found that a pig-isolated flu strain spread among ferrets, a mammal with human-like responses to flu, and killed them with ease. Read More »

Diet may reduce malaria treatment side effects

Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom found that adverse side effects from quinine, an anti-malaria drug, may be reduced by eating a specific diet. Read More »

NIAID experts laud benefits of sequencing 1918 influenza strain

Experts from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and other medical institutions recently asserted that the genetic sequencing and reconstruction of the 1918 influenza virus strain has yielded critical information on how to potentially control future pandemics. Read More »

Virginia reports first West Nile death

Virginia public health officials recently announced the state's first fatality from West Nile virus. Read More »

WHO: Nigeria not likely to eradicate polio in 2012

The World Health Organization announced on Tuesday that Nigeria is not on track to eradicate the wild poliovirus before the end of 2012. Read More »

Worst of West Nile may be over in U.S.

Health officials said on Wednesday that the worst of the U.S. West Nile virus outbreak may be over but that cases will continue to add up to the nation's highest yearly total. Read More »

Cholera kills 81 in Niger

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs recently reported that cholera outbreaks exacerbated by recent flooding have led to the deaths of at least 81 people in Niger. Read More »

Measles causes 905 deaths this year in DRC

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs recently reported that there have been 905 measles deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the beginning of the year. Read More »

In Canada, flu vaccination rates differ by ethnicity

A recent study found that influenza vaccination rates vary drastically in Canada by ethnicity, with white and black Canadians the least likely to receive vaccinations. Read More »

New mosquito species raises malaria fears

A new species of mosquito discovered in the highlands of western Kenya could potentially threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands annually. Read More »

Death toll rises from Congo Ebola outbreak

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Report: U.S. Schools not ready for next pandemic

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