With cholera outbreaks in Yemen and Mozambique, researchers looked to a WWI-era strain for clues to understanding spread. Scientists mapped the genome from the oldest known sample of the V. cholerae bacterium, taken from a soldier in 1916. Analysis revealed a non-…

Machine-learning algorithms may offer a better system than ever for tracking deadly cholera outbreaks. Current methods of tracking cholera outbreaks are fairly inaccurate, based on reports of patients with watery diarrhea at local hospitals. Researchers may have found a way…

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…