The Black Death and the Spanish flu may be the most famous epidemics—but have you heard of the Vatican malaria outbreak of 1623? Or the 1875 Fijian measles outbreak that killed 40,000?   Such lesser-known outbreaks changed the course of history and public health—sometimes…

In a new report, the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health offers 20 top recommendations for getting ahead of future outbreaks in Yemen and similarly complex humanitarian settings.

Our work is based on science and trust, on our ability to communicate reliable information—and on having people believe that information is real. We help Tanzanians change their behaviors to protect themselves from malaria by laying out the advantages of sleeping under…

In its first cholera outbreak since 2008, the disease is sweeping the town of Bida in Nigeria’s Niger state with 267 cases since June 3; 8 people have died. It’s part of a spate of infectious disease outbreaks in Nigeria, spurred by poor sanitation. Cholera has the…

Two new studies bring critical insight to curbing cholera in sub-Saharan Africa.

Zambia stepped up its fight against its worst cholera outbreak in years with a campaign to vaccinate Lusaka residents, the WHO reports.

Coordinated responses, local volunteers, and swift action helped curb a major cholera outbreak in Somaliland.

Cracking down on dangerous cholera strains imported from Asia could eliminate it in Africa and the Americas.   The findings, published in twin Science papers, settle a scientific tussle about whether outbreaks have local sources, or are imported from abroad, writes Kai…

MSF is closing most of its 37 cholera treatment centers in Yemen as its cholera epidemic subsides.   The clinics saw 567 new patients in the 2nd week of October, compared to 11,139 in June, at the outbreak’s peak. Of 884,368 suspected cases in 6 months, 2,184 have been…

Both sides of Yemen’s devastating civil war are reconsidering mass deployment of cholera vaccines to tackle an outbreak that has killed 2,167 since April.   In June, International Coordinating Group pledged 1 million vaccines—but that was deemed inadequate. A delicate…