An investigation into a COVID-29 outbreak at one South Africa hospital “reads like a detective novel” tracking down how the virus whipped through wards—offering a cautionary tale in just how quickly the virus can spread, Science reports.  

Sustained spread of COVID-19 in the US likely began a month later than the very first known case in Washington state (WA1), suggests new research indicating that the country missed weeks of opportunities to stop the outbreak taking hold.  

China is reopening some wet markets where—scientists broadly agree—the outbreak of the novel coronavirus likely began.   Prominent figures have called for such markets to be shuttered. Anthony Fauci said his mind was “boggled” that they weren’t banned given how much disease…

A decade ago, Haiti’s devastating earthquake was followed up with a cholera outbreak that caught the country completely off guard.   Where did it start? At a now-infamous “Minustah” UN base, from which sick peacekeepers’ waste flowed into a key river.   While the key to…

Official numbers may indicate that Africa is being spared the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak—but the continent is waiting for the “ticking time bomb” to explode, Science reports.  

As Sierra Leone was in the throes of the 2014 Ebola crisis, there was an alarming uptick in adolescent pregnancies.   The number of 15-19-year-old girls who were pregnant or already mothers more than doubled from 30% to 65%. Myriad factors contributed: Quarantined Ebola…

There’s an important “window of opportunity” to block the coronavirus outbreak—but countries need to share information openly, warned WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a technical briefing in Geneva yesterday, according to the BBC.

he coronavirus outbreak is officially a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, according to the WHO—but the organization is confident the spread can be contained.

The DRC’s Ebola outbreak hasn’t just been deadly for infected patients and health workers under attack—journalists have come under fire as they fight the rampant  misinformation.   One radio broadcaster was stabbed to death in his home; his station soon shut down.

Limited human-to-human transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus may have occurred within families, and WHO is now preparing for the possibility of a wider outbreak, Reuters reports