In Latin America, vampire bats are the biggest cause of rabies—killing up to 1% of people in some Amazon villages annually—and spreading to new areas. Using genetic studies, Daniel Streicker, an infectious disease ecologist at the University of Glasgow, tracked the…

Learning of a hepatitis E outbreak in South Sudan on a tour of the US CDC in 2012 prompted Ethiopia’s Minister of Health Kesete Admasu to ask, “Why do I have to come halfway around the world to know what’s going on in my own backyard?” The observation spurred him to push…

Ebola hotspots may be more widespread, and the virus may be carried by a greater number of animal species than previously suspected, a new study published in Mammal Review showed.

The symptoms—bleeding, fever, fatigue, headaches, vomiting—look like Ebola, but that virus has been ruled out as the cause of a hemorrhagic fever that has killed 10 and afflicted at least 51 in South Sudan. 33 of the cases tested all came back negative for Ebola, and the…

A Zika virus outbreak in Cape Verde, just a short flight from Senegal, has been traced to the Asian strain spreading in the Americas. The outbreak, which began in October 2015, includes 7,557 suspected cases—180 of them in pregnant women. 3 Zika-linked microcephaly cases…

Mary Guinan brought courage and pluck to her work as one of the first female physicians to work on smallpox eradication and AIDS, captured in her new memoir, Adventures of a Female Medical Detective In Pursuit of Smallpox and AIDS.

The project is called “Underworlds.” Its aim: Track the micobiota of an entire city. Its goals: Analyze the city’s wastewater to anticipate outbreaks, map antibiotic resistance and monitor public health interventions.

Officials are puzzling over an outbreak of Elizbethkingia, a rare bacterial infection of the bloodstream with a royal-sounding name, spreading across Wisconsin. So far, a dozen counties in the state have reported 48 cases and 15 deaths. Only the elderly with a history of…

As the US Senate embarks on hearings today on the potential threat of the Zika virus, Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, a Republication from Louisiana—a state facing a high risk for Zika—took aim at the inefficient pattern of outbreak-panic-reactionary response that has marked the…

Short-staffed following budget cuts, state public health officials in the US are concerned they lack the resources to respond to the Zika virus outbreak and other threats. They hope that Congress will approve President Obama’s $1.8 billion request to battle Zika’s spread.…