The Zika virus has fallen off the global radar since Brazil's 2016 outbreak triggered anxiety about the birth defects brought on by Zika-related microcephaly.  

Key donors are kick-starting a “total reset” for Ebola response efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Devex reports.   The change in tack from the US, the UK, the EU and the World Bank comes amid a need to take the reins from the WHO’s faltering leadership,…

Funds are running low for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ebola response, threatening operations at a critical moment, The Economist reports.   Donors have supplied just half of the $98 million in projected costs for the first half of this year, forcing the WHO to…

An outbreak of suspected viral encephalitis has killed 90+ children in India’s Bihar state, BBC reports, though some deaths have also been blamed on hypoglycemia.

Progress reports on the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ebola outbreak clashed this week, Helen Branswell reports in STAT. Yesterday, the WHO said cases are down and Ebola’s geographic footprint is shrinking. Tuesday, CDC chief Robert Redfield suggested…

A couple in Mongolia died after eating raw marmot kidneys; they were modern-day victims of an old threat: bubonic plague. Famed for the 1300s pandemic that killed some 50 million people, the plague (most likely passed on from fleas that linger among wildlife) still kills…

Measles cases are up a staggering 300% worldwide compared with the first 3 months of 2018, according to provisional WHO data. Cases have been trending upwards for the past 2 years, with young children most affected.

As the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo reached a record-setting 18 cases in a single day, the WHO is reconsidering whether to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, CIDRAP reports.

In 2000, when Misaki Wayengera was a med student during an Ebola outbreak, the Ugandan pathologist—now at Makerere University’s College of Health Sciences—saw first-hand the need for fast Ebola diagnostics. Results were taking weeks to come back. There were rapid tests for…

When Ebola breaks out in a conflict zone, health workers can't do their jobs—and neither a promising vaccine. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Ebola fight is also up against militias who, perpetually at war with each other, are now targeting clinics.  The…