This pandemic has made it clear that disease surveillance is too slow.   Instead of relying on a patchwork of health providers to report unusual events, what if anywhere that collects blood could be on the lookout for unusual antibodies?   That’s the aim of the Global…

Ebola survivors, believed immune to reinfection, have played a welcome and vital role caring for Ebola patients in DRC.     But a survivor’s death in July raised “a big red flag,” the WHO’s Janet Diaz says—forcing the WHO and DRC to reconsider the practice, Reuters reports…

"If Stephen King could write an infectious disease novel, he'd write it about prions," explained epidemiologist Michael Osterholm. Prions reside in everyone’s body, but when they take the wrong form they cause a chronic wasting disease in deer, moose and elk in the US,…

A tool that provided crucial data for tracking Ebola last year could prove even more powerful in tracking future epidemics, according to new research in Nature that has 102 co-authors. The key to the setup was the MinION MkI, a palm-sized genome analyzer that connects to a…

MERS-CoV has spread rapidly across much of the Middle East, but no quantitative mapping of transmission risk has been developed—until now. Researchers from University of Kansas and Ain Shams University (Egypt) have analyzed the environmental circumstances that have led to…

Gonorrhea is on a growing list of infections that may soon become untreatable. The bacteria that cause the infection are becoming increasingly resistant to the antibiotics that formerly killed them. Thailand is a pathfinder for reaching patients and providing non-…

Seeking to improve primary health care in low and middle-income countries, the Gates Foundation, World Bank and WHO announced a new partnership Saturday during a UN development meeting.

Dedicated vaccination campaigns have interrupted the spread of polio in Africa, but there is still much work ahead to eradicate the disease. The director of the Polio Global Eradication Initiative, Hamid Jafari, notes that, “In the past we have had year-long periods when…

Nearly a million TB cases in India have either gone undiagnosed or untreated, based on the latest assessment of India’s National Tuberculosis policy. The failure to notify authorities of new TB patients, according to the leaked report, lies with the unregulated private…

A Lancet Global Health epidemiological review found that approximately 65,000 cases per year of yaws occurred in 13 endemic countries between 1990 and 2014. Almost 85% of all infections occurred in Ghana, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. The disease causes highly…