"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…

Using traits like litter size and reproduction frequency to identify disease risks, a new computer model incorporating artificial intelligence is 90% accurate in pinpointing animal species known to harbor pathogens that can spread to humans, researchers report in PNAS.

UNHCR and local authorities are fighting to contain the spread of a severe watery diarrhea outbreak that has killed 7 since Wednesday among Burundian refugees in Tanzania. Over 400 people are being treated in several different parts of the country, and officials fear the…