Before the US FDA greenlit the world’s first dengue vaccine last week, Dengvaxia made headlines for a deployment in the Philippines that led to criminal charges. After its 2016 rollout, concerns emerged that the embattled vaccine given to 100,000 Philippine children could…

The US is poised to set a measles record this year with dozens of new cases cropping up in recent weeks and more expected in the wake of Easter and Passover gatherings, The Washington Post reports. The cases, mostly among unvaccinated populations, are linked to travelers…

Scientists are preparing to kick off a clinical trial in Equatorial Guinea for a malaria vaccine that can provide 100% protection against the disease. The goal: To show regulators that the product is safe and effective. If all goes well, an even bigger trial will follow.…

With cholera outbreaks in Yemen and Mozambique, researchers looked to a WWI-era strain for clues to understanding spread. Scientists mapped the genome from the oldest known sample of the V. cholerae bacterium, taken from a soldier in 1916. Analysis revealed a non-…

A surge of alcohol poisonings in Iran reveal that the county’s criminalization of alcohol for Muslim citizens— about 99% of the population—is insufficient.   Overall, alcohol consumption in Iran is lower than in non-Muslim majority countries, but bootleg alcohol is common.…

The scourge of smallpox killed some 500 million people in the 19th and 20th centuries before being eradicated in 1980. While there’s plenty of the current vaccine to cover the US population, it poses complications to some groups, and debate has swirled over whether a…

The good news is that tuberculosis deaths are declining steadily. The bad news is that we are wildly off track to meet the bold targets set for controlling the world’s #1 lethal infectious disease.

Cyclone Idai could be the worst disaster the southern hemisphere has ever seen.

Liberia is not prepared for Ebola’s return, according to the country’s chief medical officer Francis Kateh. A recent Ebola simulation reported cases at health facilities in 3 counties to test resilience and preparedness for another epidemic. Liberia didn’t make the grade,…

Van Badham’s vaccine-hesitant pediatrician told her mother she didn’t need vaccines—but at age 17, she almost died of measles.   Soon after, as measles made her body forget its existing immunities, she caught chicken pox, rubella, mumps, and whooping cough. She hopes her…