Fecal microbiota transplants have been kicking C.diff infections for decades. In 2013, they were granted a murky “investigational” classification from the FDA.  But when an FMT recipient died in June after contracting drug-resistant bacteria, the FDA deployed a safety alert…

30 minutes to an hour. That’s the standard time for a lab technician to smear blood on a slide, prep it, scan it for malaria parasites and count them. Imagine what that means for a clinic that sees dozens of patients per day. Manu Prakash did. Then the Stanford biophysicist…

Facing several years of stalled progress against malaria, WHO experts warned in a report today that new tools are needed before eradication can seriously be considered.

In 2014, a strange new illness emerged in the US. Kids woke up healthy but could be paralyzed by nightfall. While some were permanently disabled, others—even in the same family—barely got a fever. Acute flaccid myelitis, like polio decades before, seemed to strike at random…

Poor conditions at US border facilities increase the risk of spreading infectious diseases like the flu, physicians warned this morning in a letter urging Congress to investigate the deaths of 6 children in US custody. Noting that flu played a role in at least 3 deaths,…

The nightmare may be happening. 4 Ebola cases have now been confirmed in Goma, a city of 1 million people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Reuters reports.   The latest case is the wife of a man who died earlier this week. His daughter also tested positive.…

Venezuela’s refugee crisis is second only to Syria’s—but receives a fraction of the attention and funding. This is more than “compassion fatigue”—it also has to do with perception, writes Cynthia J. Arnson, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program.…

Dengue fever has “overrun” 26 of Honduras’s 32 public hospitals. The virus has afflicted 28,000 and killed 54 people—mostly children—so far this year, reports AFP.   A hospital in La Paz resorted to putting patients up in its chapel, and still has beds lining the corridors…

An “alarming” decline in the effectiveness of go-to malaria drugs in Southeast Asia could signal their eventual failure across the globe, according to 2 new Lancet studies led by authors from Wellcome Sanger Institute and the

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s health minister, Oly Olunga, has resigned after President Felix Tshisekedi removed him as head of the response to the country's Ebola response. In a year-long outbreak that has killed over 1,700 people, some experts welcomed the change…